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 United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."