Congressional Climate August 9th, 2017
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President Trump Participates in a Briefing on the Opioid Crisis with Secretary of HHS Tom Price
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Five takeaways from the federal climate report
The New York Times on Tuesday detailed the conclusions of a major draft government study on climate change – and how scientists are preparing for pushback from President Trump’s administration.
The report is part of an effort that 13 federal agencies undertake every four years to report on the state of the climate and climate science.
It’s government-mandated, but the Trump administration has yet to sign off on the report, raising concerns that the administration could undercut some of its more dire observations and predictions.
Trump holds off on declaring opioid crisis a national emergency
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – Even with the opioid crisis intensifying and more than 142 Americans dying of drug overdoses each day, President Trump is not yet ready to declare a national emergency, as was recommended last week by a commission he organized.
Instead, the president met Tuesday afternoon with health officials and members of his administration to receive an update on the crisis and to briefly address reporters. He said the “best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place.”
“If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem. If they do start, it’s awfully tough to get off,” Trump told reporters at the clubhouse at his private golf club. “So if we can keep them from going on – and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: ‘No good, really bad for you in every way.’ But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.”
GOP debates tax cuts vs. tax reform
Republicans are looking for fast action on tax cuts after burning up President Trump’s first 200 days in office without any major legislative accomplishments.
The problem? Lawmakers remain divided over how to move forward with tax reform, and have yet to pass a budget that would unlock a fast-track process for preventing Democrats from filibustering their legislation.
The stakes for the GOP are enormous.
Trump’s approval rating is at a record low for this stage of a presidency, and GOP lawmakers face pressure to score a big win before the 2018 midterm elections.
“It’s critical,” said Republican strategist Vin Weber. We’re in danger of the notion that Republicans can’t govern the country being set in people’s minds and becoming very difficult to dislodge.
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