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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Apr. 24-28, 2017)

Gavel Down - Closing out the week in Congress

The week ended up where many expected…

Congress passed a one-week extension to fund the government past the April 28th deadline and did not hold a House vote on the health care bill.

The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary, ensuring that President Trump’s cabinet reached 100% confirmed before the 100 Day mark.

Lawmakers spent a lot of time responding to developments in the executive branch, including: the release of the president’s tax reform outline, a Trump interview with Reuters indicating that “major major war” with North Korea was possible, and revelations that Trump’s former NSA advisor, Michael Flynn, accepted and did not report payments from foreign governments. In addition, President Trump and aides indicated support for proposals to “break up the 9th Circuit” Court of Appeals.

Also this week, the FCC released a proposed rule to roll back Title II Net Neutrality provisions that had prevented internet service providers from prioritizing certain content.