July 20, 2017

7-20-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump invited Senate Republicans to lunch at the White House, where he asked them not to leave town until they had a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare ready, adding that “inaction is not an option.” The Congressional Budget Office projected that repealing Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured by 32 million over the next decade. The Justice Department announced plans to broaden its use of civil-asset forfeiture, the practice of seizing money and property from criminal suspects. Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity held its first meeting. U.S. officials said that Trump will end a covert CIA program that aided moderate Syrian rebels battling the Syrian government.

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump said he never would have nominated Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general had he known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government. (The New York Times)
  • Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to testify privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, as the panel probes possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The Senate Judiciary Committee said it would like Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and son, Donald Trump Jr., to testify on Wednesday. (Politico)
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), 80, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, and may have to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment. His office did not put any timetable on his return to the Senate. (Roll Call)
  • The Congressional Budget Office released its cost analysis of a Senate GOP measure that would repeal, but not replace, the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan CBO found that that the legislation would leave 32 million more people uninsured over a decade and double insurance premiums. (Reuters)
  • The House Budget Committee approved a Republican budget resolution on a 22-14 party-line vote. Passing a budget resolution is key to GOP plans to overhaul the U.S. tax code later this year. (The Associated Press)

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