Several House Republican are calling for a House Ethics Committee investigation into Texas Democrat Representative Joaquin Castro after he publicized the identities of several prominent Trump 2020 donors in his district, subtly encouraging a boycott of their San Antonio businesses.
Castro had tweeted about the Trump donors Tuesday, receiving a sharp backlash for what many called shameless intimidation tactics.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs has drafted a letter on the matter, sending it to the chair of the committee, Florida Democrat Ted Deutch.
“By publishing a list of private citizens who donated to his political opponent, Rep. Castro sought to encourage harassment against those citizens simply on the basis of their political beliefs,” it read.
“It cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate. Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill the free speech and free association rights of Americans.”
Jody Hice, Ted Budd, Debbie Lesko, Jeff Duncan, Randy Weber and Matt Gaetz signed off on the letter.
The information Castro shared is publicly accessible, but it’s relatively unprecedented for a member of Congress to publicize it with the intent of inciting a boycott against his own constituents.
Castro’s an identical twin brother of former Obama administration cabinet member Julian Castro, who is running a Democratic campaign for President. The other Castro has made radically pro-illegal immigration policies the defining attribute of his campaign, going so far as to call for the “decriminalization” of illegal immigration.
The Castro with presidential ambitions has defended his brother’s schoolyard bully-style tactics.
Joaquin and I will keep fighting. The American people will fight every day for our nation, against your hate, your corruption, and your ego. And we’ll win. #AdiósTrump https://t.co/nC0haWRydr pic.twitter.com/mMneHqXyT5
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 8, 2019
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House Republicans Hoping to Get Americans Back to Work By End of April
It’s a aspiration, not a plan.
House Republicans are considering plans that would help Americans get back to work by the end of the month. Kevin Brady of Texas told reporters on a conference call that the caucus is preparing preliminary plans that phase the workforce back in at the end of April.
“Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits.”
Brady was careful to qualify that there’s no guarantee the public health situation in the United States would allow such a development.
“I think we should all expect the jobs, the unemployment in the GDP numbers to feel brutal over the short term. It’s because they are. This economy is taking hits like we’ve not seen in most of our lifetimes. But it is just a short-term hit.”
Initial social distancing guidelines set forth by the White House in conjunction with the CDC were extended from two weeks to April 30th earlier in the week, suggesting the executive branch may be cautiously looking towards the end of April to begin phasing out the unprecedented disruptions to everyday American life.
It is worth noting that an early cease to social distancing and commonsense measures to deter the spread of the Chinese coronavirus could prove to be even more harmful than the negative impacts to the economy since the beginning of the virus-related recession. This can’t be rushed. But the consequences of the economic damage are real, and all Americans should look to get everyday economic life up and running against as soon as possible.
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