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Cheri Bustos questions constitutionality of Matt Whitaker as acting atttorney general

Illinois congresswoman suggests president's playing politics with Mueller probe

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined 4 The Record for a conversation. This is the second part of that interview.

Attorney general

One sign of the divisiveness on Capitol Hill is playing out among your Democratic colleagues in the Senate.
    
Three Democrats are suing to try to block the appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General.
    
The complaint is that President Trump violated the appointments clause of the Constitution by picking Whitaker for a cabinet-level post while  Whitaker has never been confirmed by the Senate.

Bustos addressed what she would say to critics who say it's a waste of time and sour grapes after Democrats weren't able to regain control of the Senate.

Government shutdown?

Some alarms are sounding again about a possible government shutdown.

The federal government runs out of money December 7 without a new spending bill.

President Trump says he won't sign one that doesn't include money for a border wall with Mexico.
    
Democrats have their own sticking points. Chief among them is legislation that protects special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bustos talked about how real the threat is an how this can possibly be good for either party politically.

Farm bill

Republicans and Democrats agree the country needs a new farm bill. However, they can't agree how to get it done.

The last one expired at the end of September.

Republicans want to create work requirements to be eligible for the food stamp program now known as SNAP.

Democrats balk at that.    It's included in the House version. Not in the Senate's.
    
Republican and Democratic leaders on the Senate agriculture committee indicate progress and now say they're confident a deal can get done by the end of the year.

Bustos discussed why there is so much political gamesmanship on this issue when farmers in just about every state depend on it.    

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

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