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Welcome to Tuesday, amigos...
Remember the Dakota Access pipeline? The titular states do.
That's why South Dakota is poised to pass two laws aimed at discouraging potential protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The bills would allow the state to prosecute pipeline demonstrators and "riot boosting" funders. They’re meant to prevent disruptive rallies like those that occurred with the Dakota Access pipeline, which led to hundreds of arrests and wound up costing neighboring North Dakota nearly $40 million.
Do you support laws to discourage oil protests?
8% of Countable users say YES.
On the Radar
- President Donald Trump’s 2020 fiscal year budget includes a request for $8.6 billion in additional funding for a border wall. The request is about 6 percent more than Trump has corralled via his emergency order. The record $4.75 trillion budget also proposes a 5 percent increase in military spending and deep cuts to domestic programs. The proposed budget would balance in 15 years. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News over the weekend that the “the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance. We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made that case very effectively." That same day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared the budget DOA. Do you support Trump's budget proposal?
Under the Radar
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Democrats should consider adding two additional justices to the Supreme Court to counter Republicans’ “power grabbing antics.” Holder told a crowd at Yale Law School that if he were president, he’d “seriously consider adding two seats to the Supreme Court to make up for [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell‘s power-grabbing antics.” Holder was referring to McConnell’s refusal to allow a vote on Judge Merrick Garland after Obama nominated him to SCOTUS in March 2016. The seat was eventually filled by Trump’s pick, Neil Gorsuch. During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in ceremony, McConnell said talk of court-packing reflected liberal extremism. Do you support "court-packing"?
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:45am EDT, the president will be presented with the Boy Scouts' Report to the Nation.
- At 1:45pm EDT, the president will participate in a signing ceremony for S.47: John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to investigate Vladimir Putin's net worth.
- Voting on a bill to require intelligence agencies to assess the Russian government's strategic goals.
- Voting on a bill to prohibit the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea.
- Voting on a bill to require that reports sent to Congress be publicly available in a searchable database.
- Voting on a bill to require that records of electronic messages sent by federal officials be digitally preserved and searchable.
- Voting on a bill to impose more stringent ethics requirements on federal advisory committees.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of Paul Matey to be a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Neomi Rao to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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And, in the End…
Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees.
We take a thorough look at the hearings Congressional committees will be holding this week in our Committee Watch, but here are a few we're watching extra closely:
- Today, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the president’s 2020 budget with Acting OMB Director Russell Vought. 10am
- On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance”. 10am
- Also on Wednesday, the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the president’s 2020 budget proposal with Acting OMB Director Russell Vought. 2:30pm
- On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the president’s 2020 budget proposal with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. 1:30pm
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