April 24, 2017

4-24-2017 In case you missed last week…..

Week in Review

Trump administration

  • President Donald Trump signed several executive actions. On Tuesday, he signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order dealing with federal procurement and visas for high-skilled immigrant workers. Thursday’s directive ordered the Commerce Department to determine whether foreign steel imports could be blocked on national security grounds. On Friday, he signed actions directing the Treasury Department to review two key Dodd-Frank powers and identify burdensome or unnecessarily complex tax rules.
  • The Trump administration notified Congress that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached with the Obama administration and that sanctions relief for the country would continue. Trump later said he does not think Iran is “living up to the spirit” of the deal.


  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he will not seek office in 2018, though he left open the possibility of a 2020 campaign for public office. Utah is preparing for a possible special election in case he steps down before the end of his congressional term.
  • Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel emerged from an 18-candidate primary in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District and will now compete in a June 20 runoff to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R), who now leads the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The conservative Club for Growth hit four House Republicans on a pillar of the GOP leadership’s tax proposal: the border adjustment tax. Top retailers are also spending on lobbying against the tax provision that’s supported by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

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