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The White House released a statement yesterday about the Fuentes dinner, noting that “bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism” have no place in America or at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago.

The White House releases a statement about the former president. Trump Hosts Controversial Figures Ye and Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago Dinner: “Bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America, including in Mar-A-Lago.”

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 28, 2022

Democrats and Republicans alike called out Republican lawmakers for failing to condemn a dinner party between Donald Trump, white supremacist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, now calling himself Ye.

Congressmen, including anti-Trump Republicans, have called out members of the Republican party over the Thanksgiving holiday for remaining relatively silent during dinner, Politico reported.

From Washington Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican:

From Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York:

Looking for a single returning or new GOP House member who condemned Trump over Fuentes/Ye meeting. Whoever? Rank and file and leadership are of course welcome. The wall-to-wall silence of the incoming majority speaks volumes.

— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) November 27, 2022

Congress must also pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual military spending bill that has met with routine opposition from progress lawmakers.

Lawmakers are behind on the bill, the Washington Post reports, as the Senate has not voted on its version.

Other laws that could be passed before the end of this year’s session include legislation that would codify same-sex marriage and interracial marriage rights.

This month, a dozen Republicans voted with Democrats to remove a major procedural hurdle for the landmark measure.

Schumer said the Senate would take a final vote on the bill after the Thanksgiving break.

With the Thanksgiving break, lawmakers returned to Washington with an ambitious list of things to do before the end of the year, including dealing with a looming government shutdown.

The government funding will expire, once again, on 16 December.

Lawmakers on both sides must now decide whether they can successfully conclude a bipartisan appropriations deal before the deadline or approve a short-term funding plan.

But uncertainty remains over the exact path lawmakers will choose. As veteran embezzlers on both sides are set to retire, the Washington Post reports, there’s a chance they could try to strike a long-term deal one last time.

But such optimism is equally unsupported.

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, a top Republican embezzler, laughed in response to questions about meeting the funding deadline, Politico reported.

“I just don’t think that’s going to happen,” Simpson said. “There’s too much confusion going on.”

Democrats in particular also hope to get some of their legislation through this “lame duck” session, with Republicans set to take control of the House next year.

“We will try to have as productive a lame session as possible,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a post-election news conference.

“It’s going to be hard work, long hours of trying to do a lot.”

Congress returns after Thanksgiving recess as government shutdown looms

Good morning everyone! Congress returned to Washington after the holidays, with a long to-do list awaiting lawmakers.

The first item on the agenda is passing a resolution for an imminent government shutdown, as the funding expires on Dec. 16, Politico reports.

It’s unclear whether Congress will pass another buffer and provide interim funding or reach a full bipartisan funding deal.

Other initiatives like passing a ban on assault rifles appear to have less success behind them, CNN reports.

Despite Joe Biden announcing last week that he is working with Congress to “try to get rid of assault weapons,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said on Sunday that Democrats don’t have the necessary votes, dampening optimism about the legislation in matter.

Here’s what else is happening today:

  • Jill Biden is delivering a holiday message to the nation at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, kicking off more expected White House events this holiday season.

  • Joe Biden will host this year’s American Nobel laureates for a congratulatory visit at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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