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May 1, 2017

5-01-2017 Congressional Articles….

Trump Discards Obama Legacy, One Rule at a Time
Michael D. Shear, The New York Times

Just days after the November election, top aides to Donald J. Trump huddled with congressional staff members in Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s suite of offices at the Capitol. The objective: not to get things done, but to undo them – quickly.

Schumer on Trump: ‘If he changes, we could work together’
Connor O’Brien, Politico

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer defended Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda Sunday, arguing Trump had governed like “someone from the hard right” in his first 100 days. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, dinged Trump on a slew of issues, including healthcare, trade and efforts to overhaul the tax code.

Pelosi: Odds of Democrats retaking House ‘better and better’
Connor O’Brien, Politico

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the chances of Democrats taking back the majority in the House of Representatives in midterm elections is getting “better and better” during the Trump administration. “I’ve never in my years in politics seen so much enthusiasm,” Pelosi told “ABC This Week.”

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to retire from Congress
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the dean of the Florida legislative delegation and the first Cuban American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it’s time to move on after more than 35 years in elected office. “It’s been such a delight and a high honor to serve our community for so many years and help constituents every day of the week,” the Miami Republican told the Miami Herald in an exclusive telephone interview Sunday.

Casey Cagle launches his campaign for Georgia governor
Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle launched his campaign for governor with a pledge to add 500,000 jobs in his first four years in office, cut $100 million in taxes in his opening months and a promise to “declare war on high school dropout rates in Georgia.” The Gainesville Republican laid out his policy platform in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ahead of a formal campaign kickoff on Sunday evening.

Florida Deal Would Reverse Key Part of Obama’s Medicaid Expansion
Robert Pear, The New York Times

The Trump administration appears to have scrapped one of the key tools the Obama administration used to encourage states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The shift involves funding that the federal government provides to help hospitals defray the cost of caring for low-income people who are uninsured.

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