Congressional Climate May 17th, 2017

Video of the Day
Press Briefing with NSA H.R. McMaster

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel L. Brand to be associate attorney general, with a cloture vote scheduled at noon.
Nominations: Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be associate attorney general.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Aging with Community
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:00am: Improving Transportation Infrastructure
10:00am: Athlete Safety Efforts
01:00pm: Intelligence Matters
02:00pm: Military Space Organization-Policy-Programs
02:00pm: Brown Nomination
02:30pm: GAO High Risk Indian Programs
02:30pm: Veterans Healthcare/Benefits Improvement
03:30pm: US Military Small Arms Requirements
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a number of bills under suspension of the rules, and take final votes on a bill previously debated under suspension of the rules (HR 1892). The House is also expected to consider the floor rule for consideration of a bill (HR 115) that would include the killing, attempted killing or targeting of state and local law enforcement officers in the list of aggravating factors a jury must consider when determining whether a death sentence is warranted in a federal criminal case.
Committee Hearings
09:00am: American Indian & Alaska native Funding
10:00am: Biomedical Research Advances
10:00am: House FY2018 Budget
10:00am: Rural Economy
10:00am: Law Enforcement Challenges
10:00am: Rigs to Reefs Program
10:00am: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
10:00am: Improving Defense Acquisition
10:00am: Future of Emergency Alerting
10:00am: FAA/Air Traffic Control Reform
10:00am: Career & Technical Education
10:00am: South America Energy Opportunities
11:00am: GPO Reform
11:00am: SBA General Small Business Loans Review
01:00pm: American & Alaska Native Funding
02:00pm: Judiciary Funding
02:00pm: Capitol Architect FY 2018 Budget
02:00pm: National Forest Management
02:00pm: Balkans Peace and Stability Threats
02:30pm: US-ASEAN Relations
03:30pm: Military Personnel Posture
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Trump: No politician has been treated worse by the media than me
President Trump on Wednesday told graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that no politician has ever received worse treatment from the news media, and urged them to “fight, fight, fight” in the face of adversity.

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” a fiery Trump said during a commencement address at the New London, Conn. school. “No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

“You can’t let them get you down,” he added. “You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. Adversity makes you stronger.”

The comments were Trump’s first since Tuesday evening’s bombshell reports that he pressured then-FBI Director James Comey in February to drop his probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump made no specific mention of Comey or the revelation that he disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats during a May 10 Oval Office meeting. But he peppered his speech with references to coverage of the controversies that have consumed his White House.
“You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted,” he said. “But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.”
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Trump looks to foreign trip for reset after domestic drama
President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip was always going to be an ambitious undertaking, even without members of his own party talking about subpoenas and possible grounds for impeachment at home.

But now his small band of harried advisers-almost all of whom will be crammed together on Air Force One-must try to contain an unfolding domestic crisis while managing a complex five-country tour with skittish allies across two continents and three time zones.

At the White House, multiple officials said, there have been no internal discussions about canceling or altering the complex junket-even in the face of a Russia-related crisis at home.

White House officials who met for a planning meeting Wednesday morning said they remain hopeful the trip will allow the president to advance his foreign policy agenda-despite the potential for off-script moments, heightened by jet lag-addled travel for a homebody president who generally prefers the comforts of sleeping in his own bed.
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Ryan Backs Trump While Saying GOP will follow the Facts on Comey
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he still has full confidence in President Donald Trump but that lawmakers must “follow the facts wherever they lead” as the speaker sought to tamp down Republican unease over the turmoil engulfing the White House.

“Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday after a private meeting of House Republicans. “Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts.”

Trump is facing the deepest crisis of his presidency after a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey surfaced Tuesday describing an Oval Office meeting between the two men. Comey wrote that the president asked him to drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a person who was given a copy of the document.
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