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On the Radar
(Different) Border Emergency Funds
President Donald Trump has asked Congress to authorize $4.5 billion in emergency funds, saying it’s needed to address the “humanitarian crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland Security “projects it will exhaust resources well before the end of the fiscal year,” reads the formal request letter to Congress, which was obtained by the AP. “Without additional resources, the safety and well-being of law enforcement personnel and migrants are at substantial risk.”
The funds would only be used to handle the surge in unauthorized immigrants, not Trump’s proposed border wall or physical barriers, according to senior administration officials who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller objected to Attorney General William Barr’s 4-page summary of the principal findings of his Russia investigation, telling the Justice Department (and Barr in a subsequent phone call) that the AG’s memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the investigation.
Mueller’s letter was made public hours before Barr began testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote in a letter dated March 27, three days after Barr’s summary was released.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Barr explained the reasoning behind his summary:
"That's what we were trying to do: notify the people as to the bottom line conclusion. We were not trying to summarize the 410-page report. So I offered Bob Mueller the opportunity to review that letter before it went out and he declined."
Under the Radar
Veterans Pot Protocol
Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs said the agency opposes three separate medical marijuana bills currently under consideration by members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
“It’s overwhelmingly clear amongst the American people and amongst the veterans across the country that this is an issue that they are keenly interested in and want to have access to,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), the chairwoman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs subpanel on health.
But Larry Mole, chief consultant for the VA’s Population Health department, said that “as long as cannabis or marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, then we are going to look to the DEA and the Department of Justice to give us their opinion on what our prescribers are able to do."
Single-Payer Healthcare Costs
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday released a report that discusses design considerations and choices facing policymakers in the debate over single-payer healthcare.
The 34-page report doesn’t address all of the issues related to designing, implementing, or transitioning to single-payer healthcare (which it acknowledges could be “complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive”). Nor does it analyze the budgetary effects of a particular proposal.
It does, however, explore several aspects of healthcare policy that would be affected by a switch to single-payer and factors to consider in designing a proposal. We’ve summarized some of the key findings here, so take a read and let us know:
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:00am EDT, the president will participate in the National Day of Prayer Service.
- At 2:30pm EDT, the president will meet with Senate Republicans.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill that would prohibit the use of funds to withdraw the U.S. from the non-binding Paris Agreement on climate change and emissions reduction.
The Senate: In
- Voting to override President Trump's veto and withdraw U.S. forces assisting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
- Voting on the confirmation of three district judges (two in Puerto Rico and one in Eastern Pennsylvania).
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- Alabama Passes Bill to Outlaw Most State Abortions, Eyes Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Showdown
- Should American Forces Helping the Saudi Coalition Fight Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Be Withdrawn?
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