July 13, 2018

7-13-2018 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • House Republicans are planning a vote this month on a Democrat-led bill that would abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a move that would put Democrats who are divided on the issue on the record. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a lead author of the legislation, said Democrats will “all vote ‘no’ on it,” viewing the vote as a political ploy by the Republican majority. (Roll Call)
  • President Donald Trump criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, saying in an interview published ahead of a working lunch with her that he warned her against a soft approach and that such a move would make a trade deal between the United States and United Kingdom unlikely. In the interview, Trump also said Boris Johnson – a foe of May’s who resigned over the soft Brexit blueprint on ­Monday – would make “a great Prime Minister,” comments that could rock May’s already unsteady footing as prime minister. The Sun)
  • The Justice Department announced it is appealing a federal judge’s approval of AT&T Inc.’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. The judge ruled last month that the government did not adequately make the case that the combination of a telecom distributor – AT&T – with a network of television studios and channels – Time Warner – would hurt competition. (USA Today)
  • Legislation that would authorize funding for intelligence agencies and support national security programs passed the House, 363-54. Among its provisions, the measure – whose companion legislation has not yet passed the Senate – would increase the pay for intelligence employees with cyber skills, require intelligence agencies to provide Congress with reports about leaks of classified information and require the national intelligence director to study North Korean issues to close gaps in economic sanctions. ( The Associated Press)


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