Congressional Climate 25th, 2017

Video of the Day
President Trump Participates in the NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Amul R. Thapar to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate will vote at 1:30 p.m. on the nomination and on the motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Nominations: Amul R. Thapar, of Kentucky, to be U.S. circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit.
Nominations: Courtney Elwood, of Virginia, to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Army Posture
09:30am: Stopping Synthetic Opioids Shipments
09:45: FY2018 Budget
10:00am: The Farm Economy and Rural America
10:00am Treasury Budget/Tax reform
10:30am: Homeland Security Budget
01:00pm: Intelligence Matters
02:00pm: UN Human Rights Council Assessment
02:30pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1973) that would require adults associated with sports governing bodies to report suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, and allows victims of abuse to seek damages in court and a bill (HR 1761) that would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
HR 1973 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act
HR 1761 – Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act
Committee Hearings
08:00am: Air Force Seapower/Projection Forces Budget
09:30am: US Forest Service Budget
10:00am: FDA Budget
10:00am: Nuclear Forces/Atomic Energy Defense Activities Budget
10:00am: Small Construction Contractor Change Orders
10:00am: Federal Improper Payments
10:30am: Commerce Budget
Noon: Violence Outside Turkish Ambassador’s Residence
12:30am: Religious Freedom in Vietnam
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Trump Orders Investigation After Manchester Leaks
President Trump on Thursday called for a federal investigation into “deeply troubling” leaks of sensitive intelligence, including information related to this week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, England.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” Trump said in a statement, vowing his administration “will get to the bottom of this” because they “pose a grave threat to our national security.”

Trump asked the Justice Department to “launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said later he had “already initiated appropriate steps to address these rampant leaks” and spoken to his British counterpart.

Trump’s comments came after a string of stunning intelligence disclosures that angered some key U.S. allies.

Police in Manchester said they would stop sharing information with their American counterparts after photos appearing to show remnants from the bombing were published by The New York Times.
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GOP keeping distance from Gianforte in Montana special election
HELENA, Mont. – Election day morning in Montana was defined by radio silence from Republicans.

The vast majority of GOP leaders in Montana and Washington alike have been refusing to comment on congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s misdemeanor assault citation after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter just hours before polls opened, clearing the path for national Democrats to try and define the race’s final hours.

While most expected votes in the closer-than-anticipated race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist have already been banked through early voting, at least three major Democratic groups rushed to produce digital ads featuring a recording of the confrontation overnight. Between the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, super PAC Priorities USA Action, and liberal behemoth MoveOn.org, the last-second push reflected the party’s belief that it may be able to energize enough voters on Thursday to hand Quist a win.

Most of the state’s major newspapers led with a banner headline describing the news, with a picture of a forlorn Gianforte sitting in a car in which he then rode away from the scene on Wednesday. The Helena Independent Record, Billings Gazette, and Missoulian all also pulled away from their backing of the local businessman.
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House Takes First Step to Back Expansion of Trump’s Deportation Force
Lawmakers in the U.S. House took the first step to back President Donald Trump’s initiative to expand the number of federal agents responsible for rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants.

The House Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote Wednesday, approved a bill to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire as many as 10,000 deportation officers. The measure, H.R. 2406, also would provide 2,500 new detention guards and 60 new prosecutors.

Trump made securing the border and deporting undocumented immigrants a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Five days after taking office he signed a pair of executive orders to add the 10,000 agents and set in motion the construction of a wall at the Mexican border. The bill acted on Thursday would place the hiring of additional agents in law.

ICE currently has about 6,000 law enforcement officers assigned to enforcement and removal of undocumented immigrants.
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