This Week’s GOP Agenda: February 27
While Congress was on recess last week, many representatives and senators held town hall meetings. They were met by angry constituents expressing outrage over the Muslim ban, rollbacks on environmental regulations, and the Republican administration’s intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Those Republican members of Congress who decided NOT to host meetings were generally stalked by groups of their constituents who bought billboards, took out ads in newspapers, and put photos on milk cartons to draw attention to their missing congresspersons.
Meanwhile, in the White House, Trump banned mainstream media outlets such as CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times from the White House briefing room. Of particular interest on the GOP agenda for this Tuesday — the House Judiciary Committee is expected to sweep under the rug a resolution of inquiry that would force Trump to disclose his business conflicts of interest and ties with Russia. The Republican-controlled committee will likely reject the measure, avoid a full House vote, and quietly move on since Tuesday is also the first time Trump will address Congress — in a speech that promises to dominate the news cycle.
- Tuesday: floor hearing on Wilbur Ross (Commerce) and vote on cloture for Ryan Zinke (Interior)
- Status of cabinet appointments:
- Awaiting committee hearings: Alexander Acosta (nominee to replace Puzder who withdrew as Labor Secretary nominee), Sonny Perdue (Agriculture) and Dan Coats (National Intelligence)
- Awaiting floor vote: Ben Carson (Housing), Rick Perry (Energy), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), and Ryan Zinke (Interior)
- The Senate is spending much of the week examining veterans service organizations, but also plans to hold an oversight hearing to examine Indian affairs priorities for the Trump Administration.
- Meanwhile, the House will work on H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017.
- Last week, Trump revoked the protections for transgendered students granted by former President Obama. For this week, Trump has promised a new “travel ban” executive order. Executive Orders
- Daily Kos, “On Tuesday, House Republicans will betray their oaths, their country, and the American People.”
- NPR, “What to expect from Trump’s Tuesday address to Congress.”
- Politico, “GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts.”
- The Hill, “Report: House measure forcing release of info on Trump conflicts likely to die in committee.”
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.