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President Trump’s Remarks to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. and will consider the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture. The Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Rod J. Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general.
House Floor Schedule
The House meets in a pro forma session.
Trump Aides Said Set to Talk Tax Plan With Top Republicans
Top White House officials will go to Capitol Hill Tuesday to lay out their plan for tax code changes to Republican congressional leaders a day before President Donald Trump is scheduled to make his ideas public, according to congressional officials.
Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will brief House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the leaders of congressional tax-writing committees — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.
Trump’s announcement that he would roll out a tax plan this Wednesday came as a surprise to congressional leaders and key figures in the tax debate.
Republicans Agree on No Shutdown, but Not on How to Avoid One
After their already shaky start, it is hard to imagine Republicans would want to top off a chaotic first 100 days of unified government control with a disruptive federal government shutdown.
But that astounding scenario remains a live possibility this week as lawmakers and the Trump White House have so far been unable to agree on a plan to fund the government beyond Friday despite months of staring at the hard April 28 deadline. It is an unsettling but not unfamiliar position for congressional Republicans who have forced government closures in the past and know well that they will be assigned the brunt of the blame if federal agencies are shuttered yet again.
Should a shutdown occur, this one would have a defining new wrinkle. The politically charged spending fights that closed the government during the Clinton and Obama administrations were the product of clashes between congressional Republicans and a Democratic White House in a sharply divided Washington. Today, Republicans control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and allowing the federal government to go dark on their watch might be hard to explain.
Trump steps up calls for border wall as shutdown looms
President Trump on Monday said building a wall on the Mexican border will stop drugs from coming into the United States.
Trump offered the argument on Twitter the same day lawmakers return to Washington with a week remaining to fund the government. The White House would like to see money for the wall in the funding bill.
“The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!” the president tweeted.
He later added that without the wall, the “drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!”