Capitol Report: Chinese companies spending big to fend off Trump | Ex-Paul Ryan aide calls for abolishing debt limit

President Donald Trump and members of his administration meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese government representatives at the end of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in December 2018.

Politico reports Chinese companies are spending more on lobbying as President Donald Trump has done everything he can to squeeze telecommunications company Huawei.

The report says eight other Chinese companies have spent at least $7.9 million hiring Washington lobbying and public relations firms since last spring, right before Trump cracked down on a different Chinese telecom company, ZTE. That’s nearly eight times what the same companies spent in the same period a year earlier, Politico said, citing its analysis of disclosure filings. A Chinese radio firm, a state-owned railcar manufacturer and a maker of surveillance cameras are among the companies, Politico said.

Also see: Huawei expects $30 billion revenue hit from U.S. clampdown.

Abolish the debt limit, says ex-Ryan aide: As the administration and lawmakers wrangle over spending caps and the debt limit, a former aide to ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan writes for CNN that the borrowing limit should be abolished.

“The debt limit has not just outlived its usefulness,” writes Brendan Buck, who was chief communications adviser to Ryan. “It has become a pointless danger. In recent years, debt limit increases have routinely had to be attached to unrelated bills, tying the full faith and credit of the United States to lawmakers’ ability to sort out other partisan squabbles. We’ve always avoided crisis, but a single failure could be catastrophic.”

Now see: Mnuchin says he wants to lift debt limit for a year if there’s no spending deal.

AOC on Biden’s segregation comments: Joe Biden is refusing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate “got things done” with “civility” even when the body included segregationists, something that has provoked harsh criticism from members of his own party.

“If you ignore racism and if you don’t address issues of race with racists, then everything is fine, right?” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez told Politico. The New York Democrat said she was “absolutely” concerned that Biden’s stances and rhetoric have been too conservative to excite the coalition of young, nonwhite and white voters who are energizing the party.

Democrats prefer younger president: Roll Call reports on a survey that may be troubling for Biden as he seeks the White House. The Pew Research Center found that the age of presidential candidates is important to potential Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters and that they prefer their candidates younger — specifically in their 40s, 50s and 60s. If he were to win next year, Biden would be 78 upon taking office in 2021. Bernie Sanders, also seeking the nomination, would be 79.

Also read: As Biden commands lead in polls, these are the Democrats who are running for president.

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