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The Daily Countable:

by Countable | 2.27.18

Good Tuesday morning, friends, Two big things to tell you about, this fine day:

  1. Countable's brilliant code-squirrels have been hard at work for months, building new ways for you to follow particular topics and influence the political process. We've built Issue Action Centers, and we're excited to show them to you. Watch this space for more info!

  2. The Daily Countable is now hitting your inbox much earlier in the day, and that's by design. We at Countable are changing things up in direct response to your excellent feedback -- so thank you. We're a small team with big ideals… and, above all, we appreciate your honest feedback about how we're doing. (As always, please send any feedback to me, Countable's Managing Editor, Andrea Seabrook: andrea [at] countable.us)

On the Radar

In recent days young people have organized marches, challenged legislators, and mobilized their friends over mobile phones. This begs the question: should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? In case you were wondering, there is precedent for lowering the statutory voting age: during the Viet Nam War, the U.S. lowered the minimum voting age from 21- to 18-years-old. Is it again time to lower the voting age?
Head here to tell us - and more importantly your Reps - what you think.

Under the Radar

The House is considering legislation aimed at combating sex trafficking. But some in the tech industry are worried that one of the proposed changes could make website owners responsible for the material their users post, forcing them to police user content. Click here to read why the Electronic Frontier Foundation says this "new Frankenstein's Monster of a bill would be a disaster for Internet intermediaries, marginalized communities, and even trafficking victims themselves."

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will meet with GOP senators on renewable fuel standards, before receiving the Boy Scouts of America Report to the Nation.

  • He will then meet with House GOP lawmakers about trade, and then he will make an announcement regarding additional leadership in the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will host a press briefing at 2pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to make it a federal crime for websites to promote prostitution or sex trafficking.
  • Voting on a bill to prohibit financial regulators from imposing capital requirements on banks unless they're based on current risks and potential future losses, rather than on their historic losses.
  • Starting debate on a bill to make financial regulators' periodic reviews of current rules more frequent and expansive. A final vote will not occur this week.
  • Voting on one other bill.

The Senate: In Session

Key Hearings

But Wait! There's More!

It is our mission, at Countable, to always have more for you… always. Here's what our team is currently covering:

And, in the End…

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— Andrea Seabrook, Countable's Managing Editor

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