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Trump administration turns to rural communities for input on infrastructure bill
The Trump administration is seeking input from rural communities around the U.S. as it assembles a $1 trillion infrastructure package.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) are scheduled to meet in Omaha on Tuesday with Nebraska Department of Transportation officials, along with leaders from trucking, rail, aviation and construction companies.
Fischer chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee on surface transportation.
Justice Department to end Obama-era ‘Operation Choke Point’
The Justice Department has committed to ending a controversial Obama-era program that discourages banks from doing business with a range of companies, from payday lenders to gun retailers.
The move hands a big victory to Republican lawmakers who charged that the initiative — dubbed “Operation Choke Point” — was hurting legitimate businesses.
In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd referred to the program as “a misguided initiative.”
Texas effort to replace Planned Parenthood falls short of goal
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas last year embarked on a risky experiment as part of an effort to increase access to family planning services without Planned Parenthood and other high-volume clinics that perform abortions. The state handed anti-abortion activist Carol Everett nearly $7 million in contracts to rebuild a network of clinics and medical practices decimated by budget cuts and a ban on state funds for abortion providers.
Earlier this year, the state concluded the experiment didn’t work.
Though the Texas health department hasn’t released data on the number of clients receiving care in Everett’s network, state site visits revealed that her plan fell far short of its goal to serve roughly 70,000 patients last year.
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