We’ve survived 100 days of Trump. (Has it really been only 100 days?) Here’s the latest news.
This week, the Senate confirmed:
R. Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary (both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen opposed his nomination),
Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary (both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen supported his nomination), and
Maryland’s Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general (both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen supported his nomination; Senator Cardin also called on Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election).
That leaves just one Cabinet-level nominee to confirm: Robert Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved Lighthizer’s nomination, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. (Neither Senator Cardin nor Senator Van Hollen has said if he supports Lighthizer’s nomination.)
The House passed a short-term extension to keep the government operating one more week, and the Senate also voted to pass the short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution.
Senator Cardin confirmed that Senate Democrats are exploring a lawsuit against President Trump on the grounds that his businesses create conflicts of interest that violate the Constitution. Meanwhile, Congressman Cummings (MD-7) and Representative Chaffetz asked the Trump Organization to explain its plans to donate profits from payments made by officials of foreign governments. (More here.)
Congressman Cummings (MD-7) said that Michael Flynn took money from Russia and must give it back.
More on the investigation’s findings here
Congressman Cummings (MD-7) said the White House is stonewalling, covering up for Flynn.
Congressman Sarbanes (MD-3) is pushing a bill to increase federal funds for aging water systems
Trump’s tax returns
Congressman Sarbanes (MD-3) spoke yesterday about why Americans deserve to see Trump’s tax returns.
Trump’s EO on sanctuary cities
Congressman Cummings (MD-7) applauds a judge’s ruling finding Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities unconstitutional.