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August 2: Redefining "Winning"

by Countable | 8.2.17

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What to Watch

What Everyone Is Watching

  • What happens now that aides confirm President Trump did "weigh in" on Donald Jr.’s original statement to the press concerning his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. What do you think about it? Take our survey and then let your reps know.

  • The administration is reported to be directing federal funds to go after colleges who are alleged to be discriminating against white students, going against decades of affirmative action focus and Supreme Court precedent. A secondary goal is to redefine the concept of "winning".

What’s Worth Watching

  • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on a variety of topics. Notable is weighing whether to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking. Also, they’re looking at whether to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities. Short answer, to my mind, is yes and yes, but you can watch live at 10 AM EDT.

  • The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues (say that five times fast) clearly doesn’t have enough to do, so they’re going to hold a hearing to assess the status of the Colombian peace process. Discussion starts at 10 AM EDT.

The President: IN D.C.

  • At 11:30 AM the president will make an announcement with Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) about the immigration legislation they’ve been crafting.

  • At 2:00 PM President Trump will meet with Sen Rob Portman (R-OH).

The House of Representatives: OUT OF SESSION

  • The House is on recess until September 5.

The Senate: IN SESSION

  • Debating the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Stay cool, CountaFam.

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