June 29, 2017

6-29-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will reportedly try to send a revised version of the GOP’s health-care bill to the Congressional Budget Office “as soon as Friday.” Trump promised a “big surprise” related to the legislation is in the works, but did not offer further details. Trump accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to visit Paris on Bastille Day next month. Fox News announced that Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, who is resigning from Congress, will join the network as a contributor. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced new aviation-security measures for foreign flights arriving to the United States.

Helps the Rich, Hurts the Lower Middle Class: Ronald Brownstein argues that the House and Senate health-care plans have stalled because blue-collar workers, who make up a large share of the Republican Party’s base, are realizing the legislation will hurt—not help—them

Washington Brief

  • The Trump administration issued guidelines for enforcing a limited version of the president’s controversial travel ban after the Supreme Court on Monday said the ban could not be imposed on people who have a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States. The administration said those bona fide relationships extend to parents and certain in-laws, but not grandparents. (The New York Times)
  • The Department of Homeland Security said it will enhance screening procedures for people carrying laptops on inbound international flights, rather than banning laptops as carry-on items. (The Hill)
  • Despite a delay on health care legislation, Republican senators are expressing confidence in their ability to overhaul the tax code. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said he’s engaged in an effort to reach out to Democrats. (Morning Consult)

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