tv Interview Niels Lesniewski CSPAN July 29, 2019 3:09am-3:20am EDT
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why did the president veto those resolutions? niels: the president believed that this is generally speaking an undue interference by congress in his conduct of foreign policy. also believes that the arms sales himself, specifically, are vital for national interests, particularly regarding u.s.-saudi relations and security in the middle east, and in the persian gulf. the vetoes were to be expected, but the congress has been on a bipartisan basis, frustrated with the president and his administration's handling of relations with saudi arabia. involvement in the support of
the saudi-led campaign in yemen. and it was it sort of a debate that we know the way this is going to end with these beingtion, the veto sustained, but it is an exercise that members of both parties wanted to go through. >> we mention it as part of a busy week in the senate or your rollcall headline reflecting that. the headline sayin,g "next week the senate will consider a budget deal, confirm judges, and two senior officials." who are the top officials? niels: the deputy secretary of defense, norquest, to win confirmation. the secretary of defense mark esper was confirmed and took the job last week. so now they're going to confirm the deputy secretary of defense. the other position that is out there that mcconnell views as a key position for confirmation, is the u.s. ambassador to the united nations.
kelly kraft, who is trump's nominee for that position, is the current ambassador to canada and probably, importantly as well, because it is mcconnell who sets the schedule, she lives in kentucky and she and her husband are major supporters of mcconnell and his operations. >> also 19 district judge s, the majority leader filing cloture on those. why is this a priority for mcconnell and how will he get it done under senate rules? >> the rules make it doable now. remember, we only have an allowance in the senate for a couple of hours of debate once cloture is invoked, and debate is limited on each one of them. what we could see is a long, long series of votes on those district judges. but it is a priority for mcconnell and president trump to
continue to fill these vacancies. president trump enjoys, i believe, touting the record of the number of judges that he has gotten confirmed. and it is something that mcconnell wants to remake the federal judiciary. i would say there is some chance that there is an agreement to yield back time so there is not, say, a vote-o-rama or a long sequence of votes every couple of hours. because a handful of these nominees are actually people who were selected by democratic senators, and recommended to president trump by democratic senators. there is a choice for a seat based in the chicago area that dick durbin and tammy duckworth would have been involved in selecting. and there are a few others like that. so this may not take as long as it appears. >> lastly, the two-year budget
deal passed in the house. this is that $324 billion agreement between the white house and congressional leaders, raising the debt ceiling through 2021. it passed in the house, two thirds of republicans voting against it there. how about in the senate? any roadblocks ahead? >> it does not seem like their --niels: it doesn't seem there are any actual roadblocks. the question is how many senate republicans will actually vote for it? i would expect that the members of the appropriations committee on the republican side will vote for it. i imagine most democrats will vote for it. one thing, though, is there is a possibility of some attendance issues on the democratic side. because there are democratic presidential debates in detroit in the middle of the week. but ultimately, i do not think this is going to be any real complicating factor for it. the only thing to watch out for is, as you well know, and his viewers would well know, is because there is a time
agreement that is going to be needed, you could see a situation where a senator, like rand paul of kentucky, or another conservative, stands up with some sort of demand to get an amendment vote. we may have to go through that exercise. we may see that happen in the senate. but ultimately, i think this is going to get through without much trouble. >> let me ask you as a close, about september. the headline, your piece with jennifer in cq, for appropriations bills now comes the hard part. will this agreement make it easier for those bills to be finished before the end of september? niels: it makes it a lot easier. jennifer and i were speaking earlier this week with a lot of the appropriators on both sides of the hill. they are eager to get to work. senator lamar alexander from tennessee told both of us that he was meeting for dinner with
dianne feinstein, the ranking democrat on the energy and water appropriations subcommittee that he chairs. they are eager to get to work and basically have these bills ready to go by the time august recess is done. so, for those subcommittee clerks and the senior members of the appropriations committee staff, particularly in the senate, there is not really going to be an august recess. so i would imagine that the folks who work in senior roles for senator shelby and senator leahy, if they go to the beach , they had better have good internet access when they get there. >> we will keep an eye on it. niels lesniewski, senior reporter for roll call. thanks for joining us. >> here's a look at our live coverage today. on c-span at 11:00 a.m., john
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