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Connect to Congress: Democrats on Trump's first week

Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are on their way to Philadelphia for their party’s annual retreat.

Meanwhile House Democrats are back in Washington sounding off on President Donald Trump’s first week in office.

On Wednesday, Trump signed executive orders to halt refugees coming into the U.S. from several countries in the Middle East and northern Africa as well as an order for the construction of his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

On the latter, newly-elected Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen, D, told KSNV-TV, “This executive action is part of the anti-immigrant, divisive rhetoric that the president has talked about for the last year and a half.”

Kihuen went on to site his own family’s story of immigrating from Mexico as an example of giving immigrants a “chance to succeed.”

“I came to this country when I was eight years old in pursuit of the American Dream with my family. We came here with absolutely nothing – no money, no connections, no place to live, no family – and today I am a member of Congress,” Kihuen said.

Maryland Democrat and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has been a member of Congress for more than three-decades and he pointed out that President Trump is unlike any he has ever seen. He cautioned Trump on being too swift in action this first week.

Hoyer told Washington, DC’s News Channel 8, “Campaigning and governing are two different things. It’s easy to say quick sound bites or get a quick Twitter pronouncement, it’s much, much more difficult to fashion policy which will have a positive effect, not a negative and destabilizing effect.”

One of Trump’s executive orders this week also focused on abortion. On Monday, he reinstated a ban on federal funding to non-government organizations (NGOs) that promote abortion internationally. Trump is also expected to name a pro-life justice to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last year.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., told WEYI-TV that he is concerned about what kind of judge Trump will ultimately appoint, partially based on that controversial issue.

“The right to choice, the right to make reproductive decisions has been preserved between a woman and her physician, and that should continue to be the law of the land,” Kildee said.

Pro-life groups will come to Washington, DC, on Friday for the annual March for Life.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump is expected to address participants.

Trump will name his Supreme Court nominee next week.



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