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The Daily Countable: Global Threats & National Budgets

by Countable | 2.13.18

Greetings, folks. The mighty ship of state sails on—we're glad you're sailing with us this Tuesday.

One Big Thing

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Intelligence Committee held their annual hearing on global threats. Intel heads said Russia will interfere in the 2018 election. Wondering what else they said? Click here.

On the Radar

The news media is full of stories about different aspects of the president’s budget for FY2019, which was released Monday. All of those stories are important. The devil is in the details, as they say. But it’s also true that much of the president’s budget will never see the light of day in terms of actual policy. So, what does it actually mean? Why does it actually matter? Click here for some clarity.

Under the Radar

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan would give Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the power to greenlight pipelines through national parks. Currently, constructing oil or gas pipelines on National Park Service land requires an act of Congress. Why is the president pushing for this change? Read all about it.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will host a meeting with members of Congress on trade, before hosting a roundtable with the National Sheriffs' Association.
  • The president and First Lady will then host a National African American History Month reception.
  • A press briefing with Sarah Sanders is scheduled for 2pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to sanction Hamas for its use of human shields.
  • Voting on a resolution calling on the government to intensify efforts to locate the 83,000 unaccounted for U.S. military personnel.
  • Voting on seven other bills.

The Senate: In Session

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