Congressional Climate August 16th, 2017
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Trump to roll back Obama-era rule on rising sea levels
President Trump is set to repeal an Obama-era order requiring tougher new building standards for government-funded infrastructure projects in flood-prone areas, including those at risk of rising sea levels brought on by climate change.
Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that will, in part, repeal a 2015 directive from then-President Barack Obama that established that it was a federal policy to “improve the resilience of communities and federal assets against the impacts of flooding,” which are “anticipated to increase over time due to the effects of climate change and other threats.”
Trump will revoke the order on Tuesday as part of an effort to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects, a White House official said.
5 big questions about the NAFTA talks
One of President Donald Trump’s core campaign promises is about to be tested as talks with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA open Wednesday.
Trump’s negotiators will be tasked with transforming the 25-year-old agreement that he has called “the worst trade deal” in history into one that he can trumpet as “saving and creating jobs.” At the same time, Trump will have to please constituencies who are both for and against lifting trade barriers.
Talks are scheduled to continue until Sunday, but this week is just the beginning of a drawn-out process. Negotiators from the three countries will be meeting over multiple rounds in the coming months.
GOP senator meeting with White House on new ObamaCare plan
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said he’s meeting with the White House and the Trump administration “two or three times per week” on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare
Cassidy has teamed up with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on a new proposal that would essentially block-grant ObamaCare funding to the states while repealing the law’s individual and employer mandates.
“I think the president is impatient and the president is kind of jamming the agenda a little bit, rightly so,” Cassidy told The Advocate. “He’s afraid momentum will dissipate.”
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