- Progressives in the House are furious that most of their Democratic colleagues voted in favor of a $738 defense bill that excluded provisions aimed at ending US involvement in the Yemen conflict and limiting President Donald Trump’s war powers.
- The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in a 377 to 48 vote on Wednesday, with 188 Democrats voting in favor and just 41 voting “nay.”
- “The NDAA is a capitulation to the White House’s priorities,” Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna told Insider on Thursday, adding that it essentially gave Trump “everything he wanted.”
- The legislation passed as Trump is on the verge of being impeached, in part over allegations he abused power by freezing military aid to Ukraine as part of a scheme to aid his 2020 reelection campaign.
Forget the impeachment theatrics, which really are little more than a sideshow to keep the base riled up. Because when it comes to serious issues like trade and defense, House Democrats sure are negotiating as though they believe Trump will be around a while longer. Like, five years longer. They wouldn’t give a lame duck “everything he wanted” on anything.
Meanwhile, Charles Blow is resetting expectations lower: Impeachment in the House Is the Victory.