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The Daily Countable: 📥 Congress is back...and 💩 the FDA's after your Imodium?

by Countable | 4.9.18

The weekend is dead, folks. Long live the Monday.

It's never easy returning to work after a vacation. Especially if you're Congress. Especially if you're this Congress. But they're back after a two week spring recess with votes on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and several bills dealing with financial regulations on the agenda. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also be popping by for a few hearings. Want the full scoop? Click over to This Week In Congress and our Committee Watch.

On the Radar

In the latest escalation of the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington, President Trump instructed his U.S. Trade Representative to consider an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods. Asked about the tit-for-tat taxes, and their affect on the economy, Trump admitted: "I’m not saying there won’t be a little pain." Are you feeling ‘a little pain’ in the trade standoff? Click here to let us - and your lawmakers - know.

Under the Radar

The FDA is cracking down on the anti-diarrheal drug Imodium following reports that some opioid addicts use it as a substitute for methadone. At extremely high doses, loperamide – the active ingredient in Imodium – can produce a high or ease withdrawal symptoms. Now, those who take the over-the-counter drug on a regular basis are finding price increases of over 553 percent. Read more here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • In the morning, the president held a Cabinet meeting.
  • The president receives a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the evening, followed by a dinner with them.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: In

  • Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Claria Boom to be U.S. DIstrict Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Congress is back, but we've never left. We've continued delivering them your thoughts and comments, and look forward to helping you Take Action on their latest bills and shenanigans. Democracy doesn't take two-week recesses. Thanks for joining us these past two weeks and let us know what you'd like to see us cover in the next two.

—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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