News Digest – July 18, 2017

Last week in the news: revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with representatives of the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, Trump administration drops long-running plan to build new FBI headquarters in Maryland, and the Senate GOP’s ACA repeal gets into some trouble.

RUSSIA!

Health care

FBI

Trump Conflicts (other than Russia)

  • In House oversight committee, Representative Cummings (MD-7) investigates HUD Brooklyn housing co-owned by Trump for possible conflicts of interest; more here; text of his letter to Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson is here.
  • Trump never stepped away from several business as he claimed; Cummings stated in response, ““I agreed with President Trump when he said that no one is above the law. That principle applies to him as well. He must fix this.”

Legislation

  • Representative Cummings (MD-7) co-sponsors bill to ensure that federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions; bill passes House; similar bill never brought before a full Senate last year.

National Security

Representatives Ruppersberger (MD-2) and Delany (MD-6) and Senators Cardin and Van Hollen call on Trump to protect America’s chemical and biological defenses

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