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The Daily Countable:🌷🌸 Spring cleaning in Congress... and, 🌸 Should Facebook be regulated? 💬

by Countable | Updated on 4.6.18

TGIF, friends. Lawmakers may not be saying "TG" so much today, since they're back in Washington on Tuesday, with a heavy group of issues to plow through before Congress's Memorial Day recess. Six whole weeks of work! Imagine the possibilities. Here's a preview of the coming days:

On the Radar

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify at two Congressional hearings next week about how his company protects user data. On April 10, he'll testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees; on April 11, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. What questions do you want Congress asking the Facebook CEO? Let them know here.

  • Or is it not about what Congress will say, but what they should do? Is it time for the government to regulate Facebook? If so, what is the right regulation? Federal Trade Commission imposing fines for data breaches? Federal Election Commission police political advertising? Or should it be a state issue? Tell us your thoughts here.

Under the Radar

This week both Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams appeared at the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Adams advocated strongly for members of the public to carry overdose antidote drugs, while Gottlieb argued for internet companies to police online sales more aggressively. Do you support the surgeon general’s advisory? Click here to read the full story.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president received his daily intelligence briefing in the morning.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 9th.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

It's a beautiful spring, folks -- a season of renewal and rebirth and a literal and figurative cleaning-house. The question I ask myself: how do we bring that lovely, sweeping optimism to our government? Can we expect action in a way that increases our civic ties and expands our Reps' accountability? Let me know what you think, folks. Bigger and deeper questions coming on Monday. As always, keep in touch. Your thoughts and needs directly determine the future work of this crazy venture called Countable.

—Andrea Seabrook & Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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