Video of the Day
President Trump Delivers a Statement to the Press

Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Iranian and Russian sanctions bill (S 722). The Senate will vote at 11 a.m. on: adoption of a Gardner, R-Colo., amendment that would exempt NASA from the bill’s provisions, adoption of a Graham, R-S.C., amendment that would reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 of NATO, and on passage of the bill, as amended.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Navy Posture
09:30am: Agency Approaches to Reorganization
09:30am: Agricultural Research
09:45am: Fostering Economic Growth
10:00am: Forest Service Budget
10:00am: HHS Budget
10:00am: Pending Nominations/Human Trafficking Bills
10:00am: Svinicki Nomination
10:15am: Green Nomination
11:00am: Pending Legislation
01:30pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 2579) that would make the tax credit created by the American Health Care Act available for unsubsidized COBRA continuation coverage and a bill (HR 2372) that would allow veterans to be eligible for the tax credit as long as they have not enrolled in the VA health program.
Committee Hearings
09:00am: Ongoing Intelligence Activities/Budget Request
09:00am: Pending Flood Insurance Reform Legislation
10:00am: Defense Budget
10:00am: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
10:00am: Data Stored Abroad/Privacy Protection
10:00am: National Forest Land Management
10:00am: Bolstering Government Cybersecurity
10:00am: Foreign Military Sales
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:00am: Pending Legislation
11:00am: EPA Budget
11:00am: Transportation Budget
11:30am: Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases
11:45am: Africa’s Current and Potential Famines
02:00pm: Russia’s Middle East/North Africa Objectives
02:00pm: MilCon-VA Appropriations/Interim Suballocation on Budget Allocations
02:30pm: Pending Legislation
02:45pm: Strengthening U.S.-Taiwan Ties
Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice
The special counsel appointed to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is now looking into whether President Trump sought to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported.

In the wake of Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. The investigation began last summer and encompasses Trump and his associates’ alleged ties to Moscow, as well as the Kremlin’s role in mounting a hacking attempt to influence the presidential race in Trump’s favor.

Trump claimed, and Comey later affirmed, that Comey assured him he was not personally under FBI investigation. But investigators began probing Trump for obstruction of justice soon after Comey’s termination.
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Security fears grow on both sides of aisle
Members of Congress are debating whether it’s time to adopt new security procedures after the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia.

Even before the attack, Republican members of Congress were on edge about threats and harassment from constituents angry with President Trump and the GOP’s push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Their concerns have only been heightened by Wednesday’s assault, where the lives of lawmakers were likely saved by the presence of Capitol Police officers who were on security detail for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
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Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran
The Senate on Thursday 98-2 for new sanctions on Iran and Russia, including new powers for Congress to block President Donald Trump from rolling back any penalties against Vladimir Putin’s government.

The bipartisan support for the year’s most significant GOP-backed limitation on Trump comes as the White House remains silent on the plan to sanction Moscow, even as President Putin pushes back at U.S. intelligence officials’ conclusion that Russian actors conducted cyberattacks to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly dismissed Russian electoral meddling, raising questions about whether the White House might reject the Senate’s sanctions deal.
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