Good morning! Here are the top three stories to start your morning:
1: Congress Passes Spending Bill
Congress overwhelmingly passed a budget deal to fund the government and avert another government shutdown on Thursday.
The $333 billion spending bill includes only a quarter that of the money that Trump requested for a border wall. That amount lead to some uncertainty over whether or not he would sign the bill.
President Trump said after he signs the spending bill he will declare a national emergency which would allow him to reallocate federal funds to build the wall, giving him a total of $8 billion to bill the wall.
2: Senate Confirms William Barr As Attorney General
The Senate confirmed William Barr as Attorney General yesterday in a 54-45 vote.
Only one Republican senator, Rand Paul (Ky.), voted against Barr. Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Doug Jones (Ala.) supported his confirmation.
Democrats raised concerns over whether Barr would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential campaign.
But with overwhelming support for Barr, who served as Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush, Democrats would have needed six Republican defections to block his nomination.
3: DNC Announces Polling And Fundraising Requirements For Debates
The Democratic National Committee announced its requirements for its first presidential primary debates.
The debates will be divided into two nights, if necessary, with 20 candidates in the first debate and the remaining qualifying candidates on the second night.
In order to qualify for the first debate, candidates must reach at least 1% support in at least three polls, or they must receive donations from at least 65,000 people in at least two states.
That’s it for today, have a great weekend!