News Digest – May 15, 2017

House passes Trumpcare bill

Government shutdown averted (for at least a few more months)

The Senate sent President Trump a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the federal government running through September.  Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen supported the bill.

 Other legislation:

Senate confirms Wall Street lawyer to lead SEC

The Senate voted largely along party lines to confirm Jay Clayton’s nomination to lead the SECSenator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen both voted against the confirmation.

Michael Flynn investigation

  • Appearing on “Hardball” with host Chris Matthews, Representative Cummings (MD-7), senior Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee, said former acting-Attorney General Sally Yates’ upcoming testimony may expose when and how much President Donald Trump knew about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s Russian dealings.
  • Representative Cummings (MD-7) issued a statement implicating Vice President Mike Pence, who apparently lied to the American people about his involvement in the Michael Flynn cover-up scandal.

Investigation into TSA personnel practices:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and ranking member Representative Cummings (MD-7) are demanding the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) comply with the committee’s subpoena related to its investigation into the agency’s personnel practices

Out and about

  • Representative Sarbanes (MD-3) participated in the climate march last week
  • Senator Cardin stopped by Dan Rodericks’s podcast to discuss Trump’s first 100 days

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