Transgender military ban to continue
The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to limit transgender people from serving in the military while the legality of such a plan continues to be debated in lower courts.
The court voted 5-4 in favor of issuing a stay on efforts to block a plan to restrict transgender people’s ability to serve in the military, meaning the plan can be implemented.
The dissenting justices were Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
An original Trump adminstration plan to completely block transgender people from serving from the military was blocked by a federal judge.
Today, Congress is back in session after a holiday weekend. Lawmakers must first confront a government shutdown that has surpassed the one month mark. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and their families have now gone without paychecks or work for 32 days – and there is no clear resolution in sight.
On Saturday, the president offered a new border wall proposal but it is strongly opposed by Democrats who argue Donald Trump must open the government before they can negotiate border wall funding.
Outside of negotiations between the White House and Congress, there are 651 days to go until the 2020 election and the Democratic party is already crowded with potential candidates. The group was joined by California senator Kamala Harris, who this weekend officially launched her presidential campaign.
After Monday’s federal holiday, this short working week will be packed with shutdown negotiations, further deliberations on the 2020 race and more on US relations with Moscow as the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, provides changing statements about Trump’s dealings with Russian officials.