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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is "still scheduled" to hold a vote today on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, even as he meets with Justice Department officials to try and "negotiate an accommodation" on releasing an unredacted version of the Mueller report.
The DOJ on Tuesday offered two concessions: allowing more congressional aides to access a less-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, and allowing a select number of lawmakers to keep their handwritten notes on the document.
Nadler set Wednesday's vote after Barr failed to meet Monday's 9 a.m. deadline to comply with a subpoena to provide Congress with Mueller's full, unredacted report and underlying evidence.
On the Radar
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has signed the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act into law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
"All life has value, all life matters and all life is worthy of protection," Kemp said at the signing ceremony.
The law would take effect on January 1, 2020, and includes exemptions for women seeking abortions in cases of rape, incest, to save the mother's life, or in "medically futile" cases where an unborn child couldn't survive after birth.
The ACLU of Georgia promised a legal challenge to what it called "an unconstitutional bill that jeopardizes women's health."
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has declared it’s time for Congressional Democrats and America to move on from the Mueller investigation and “fanciful conspiracy theories” involving Russia and the Trump Campaign.
“Case closed,” McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday.
"Of course he wants to move on," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said of McConnell. "He wants to cover up."
"It's sort of like Richard Nixon saying 'let's move on' at the height of the investigation of his wrongdoing,” Schumer added.
Under the Radar
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's (D-MA) request for six years of President Trump's personal tax returns.
The request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,” Mnuchin wrote in his one-page letter, composed in consultation with lawyers from the Department of Justice.
“As you have recognized, the Committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” the letter read.
Rep. Neal issued a terse statement in response to Mnuchin’s letter:
“I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response.”
The Senate on Wednesday will take three confirmation votes to fill vacant positions at the Export-Import Bank and enable the agency to address a $40 billion backlog of potential export deals that have been waiting for financing since 2016.
Critics of the Ex-Im Bank, the ranks of whom include both conservatives and progressives, argue that it’s a form of “corporate welfare” because the companies benefiting the most from its activities are among the largest U.S. corporations. For example, in 2014 about 40% of the Bank’s authorizations went to Boeing.
Supporters of the Ex-Im Bank argue that it helps U.S. companies and workers compete against heavily-subsidized foreign rivals in the global economy―supporting more than 1.7 million American jobs over the last decade while operating at a default rate of less than 1%. It also has consistently turned a profit: between 2000 and 2015, the Ex-Im sent an average of $293 million back to the U.S. Treasury, as this graph from USAFacts shows:
High On Mushrooms In The Mile High City
Denver voted Tuesday on whether to effectively decriminalize psilocybin (or “magic”) mushrooms.
If the initiative passes (results are still not finalized), the Mile High City would be the first city to legalize the drug, which has been outlawed by the federal government since 1970.
“Decriminalize Denver” argues that “No one should go to jail, lose their children, lose their job, and lose their citizen’s rights for using a mushroom. One arrest is too many for something with such low and manageable risks for most people, relative to its potential benefits."
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann told the Washington Post that “[a]t this point, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:30am EDT, the president will lead a Cabinet meeting.
- At 5:15pm EDT, the president will tour areas of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida impacted by Hurricane Michael.
- At 7:00pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks at a Make America Great Again rally in Panama City Beach, Florida.
- At 12:20am EDT, the president will arrive at the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to establish an office focused on coordinating federal broadband resources for rural areas.
- Voting on a bill to make the FDA's 'Purple Book' of biosimilar products be more useful for developers of generics.
- Voting on a bill to make the FDA's 'Orange Book' of approved drug patents be improved to promote competition.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of Joseph Bianco to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Voting on the confirmation of three members of the Export-Import Bank board of directors.
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