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.


Health care


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.”


  • 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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