This Week’s GOP Agenda: February 13

by | Feb 13, 2017 | News, Weekly Report

Last Week in the GOP…

It was a huge success last week when the Ninth District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s injunction against the Republican Administration’s travel ban targeting Muslims. This victory felt short-lived when reports of deportation began to surface Thursday morning. So far, more than 160 undocumented immigrants have been swept up in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids nationwide.

Also, the controversial nominations of Betsy Devos, Tom Price, and Jeff Sessions were confirmed by the Senate last week — in spite of vehement opposition by Senate Democrats and concerned citizens. But now is not the time to become discouraged. This is a marathon not a sprint, and we are in this for the long haul. Opposition groups are planning marches for everything from taxes to climate change to a national women’s strike — so stay tuned! .

What’s Ahead?

 

Cabinet

  • Monday (02/13): Steve Mnuchin, nominee for Secretary of Treasury, and David Shulkin, nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affair are scheduled for floor hearings.
  • Thursday (02/16): Andy Puzder, nominee for Labor Secretary, is scheduled for a floor hearing.

 

Status of Nominees:

Nominee

Office

Status

Ben Carsons

Housing

Awaiting Floor Vote

Elaine Chao

Transportation

Confirmed

Dan Coats

National Intelligence

Awaiting Hearing

Betsy Devos

Education

Confirmed

John Kelly

Homeland Security

Confirmed

James Mattis

Defense

Confirmed

Steve Mnuchin

Treasury

Awaiting Floor Vote

Sonny Perdue

Agriculture

Awaiting Hearing

Rick Perry

Energy

Awaiting Floor Vote

Mike Pompeo

CIA

Confirmed

Tom Price

Health & Human Services

Confirmed

Scott Pruitt

EPA

Awaiting Floor Vote

Andy Puzder

Labor

Awaiting Hearing

Wilbur Ross

Commerce

Awaiting Floor Vote

Jeff Sessions

Attorney General

Confirmed

David Shulkin

Veterans Affairs

Awaiting Floor Vote

Rex Tillerson

State

Confirmed

Ryan Zinke

Interior

Awaiting Floor Vote

 

Legislation

  • Tuesday (02/14): The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will once again work on the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessary and Burdensome Act (SCRUB) — which has been considered in prior legislative years, but always failed to pass. This bill would create a committee to review existing regulations in order to cut ones that are considered “burdensome.” Past versions of the bill have been criticized for catering to conservatives by rolling back regulations, prohibiting new rules, and setting arbitrary cutting requirements. The commission would be appointed by the President and Congress, guaranteeing a commission more interested in passing on savings to industry than protecting Americans.
  • Wednesday (02/15): The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold an oversight hearing to examine “modernization” of the Endangered Species Act.
  • Hearings scheduled in the House of Representatives this week include: “Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success,” “Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Capabilities,” “The Evolving Threat of Terrorism and Effective Counterterrorism Strategies,” and “Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward.”

 

Presidential Actions

  • Trump has threatened new action regarding his Muslim ban as early as this week. This comes after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling. Twenty states, along with various technological companies and civil rights organizations, all supported Washington with amicus briefs. Similar cases are being filed daily.
  • In compliance with one of Trump’s executive orders, the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and construction began once again. See TWW’s post “A Look at Standing Rock” for ways to support the Sioux tribe’s protest.

Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.