Rep. Barbara Lee (D-13) said she will not run for Senate in 2018, shooting down Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-17) public encouragement for her to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D). In a statement, Lee said she is focused on representing the 13th District and resisting the “hateful, un-American agenda being advanced by Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.” (Los Angeles Times)
MONEY MATTERS. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) “is among Democratic elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), seeking to help” Feinstein “in her 2018 re-election bid. Harris sent out an email blast Monday asking for donations to Feinstein’s campaign as small as $3.”
“Garcetti held a fundraiser for her on Tuesday night “at the home of philanthropist Erika Glazer in Beverly Hills. A website in support of Feinstein is seeking campaign donations ranging from $100 to $5,400 per ticket.” (Sacramento Bee)
TAKING A STAND. Billionaire Tom Steyer (D), a potential challenger to Feinstein, is “demanding that lawmakers and candidates on the left support removing President Trump from office, putting pressure on Democrats to make Mr. Trump’s ouster a defining issue in the 2018 midterm elections.”
“His letter may be a signal that he is serious about taking on Ms. Feinstein. … Though Mr. Steyer did not mention Ms. Feinstein by name, his letter appeared to allude several times to deferential comments Ms. Feinstein made about Mr. Trump in August, when she counseled ‘patience’ to restive Democrats and suggested Mr. Trump could change to become ‘a good president.’” (New York Times)
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"The Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Trump's plan to claw back roughly $15 billion in spending approved by Congress earlier this year. In a 48-50 vote, senators failed to discharge the measure from committee. A majority vote was needed. GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined 48 members of the Democratic caucus in voting against bringing up the bill."