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President Trump Meets with President Varela
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes. At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, followed by a vote on cloture on the Mandelker nomination.
09:30am: Shanahan Nomination
10:00am: Interior Budget
10:00am: Free Speech on College Campuses
10:00am: Congressional Authorizations for Use of Military Force
10:00am: Universal Service Fund/Rural Broadband
10:30am: FDA Budget
02:30pm: State-Federal Watershed/Large Landscape Restoration
02:30pm: Concurrent Congressional-Criminal Investigations
02:30pm: FCC Budget
02:30pm: Pandemic Protection
02:30pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
09:30am: Combating Gang Violence on Long Island
01:00pm: Energy Budget
05:00pm: Pending Legislation
Five things to watch for in Georgia’s special election
Months of attacks and tens of millions of dollars have led up to Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, where Democrats are looking for their first major election victory of the Trump era.
President Trump’s shadow has loomed large over the race. The Democratic push to frame a victory for Jon Ossoff as proof of a growing anti-Trump wave has nationalized the race. All that attention has drawn almost $60 million of spending from both sides – a record for a House race – into the suburban Atlanta district.
But as Democrats angle for an upset, Republicans in Georgia and across the country have fallen in line around their own candidate, Karen Handel. The GOP knows losing a red seat would be disastrous for their agenda, but they are just as aware that a Democratic loss would deal a heavy blow to the opposition’s momentum.
Trump Communications Shake-Up May Start with New Role for Spicer
President Donald Trump is making preparations to shake up his communications team at a moment when a disciplined public message is paramount, adding to the tumult surrounding the investigations of his White House.
Trump’s most visible spokesman, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, may move into a more senior role focused on strategy that will take him away from the briefing room podium — and Trump may hire a new press secretary, two people familiar with the discussions said.
Warmbier death raises pressure on White House
Otto Warmbier’s death as a result of his treatment in North Korea could increase calls for the US to take a tougher line on China, as the two nations prepare to meet in Washington on Wednesday.
To date the Trump administration’s policy for dealing with North Korea’s increasingly aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons has been to push Beijing to pressure Pyongyang, its longtime ally.
It’s an approach that resembles the Obama administration strategy and, observers say, has shown no greater success in slowing Pyongyang’s steady march towards developing nuclear weapons and the missile capability to deliver them as far as North America.
“If ever there was a wake up to call to greater action, it’s Otto’s death,” said Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
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