Supreme Court Nominee – Neil Gorsuch
The Senators from Maryland have come out against Gorsuch. Read more here.
Federal Budget Matters
On March 28, 2017, the White House sent a memo to Congress requesting a reduction in the federal budget for the remainder of FY17 (ends September 30, 2017) of $18B. The request also outlined an an increase in defense spending and $1B for the proposed border wall with Mexico. Read more here.
A summary table of the proposed cuts can be viewed here.
Members of Congress are reluctant to risk a government shut-down on April 29, 2017 when the current budget (Continuing Resolution) runs out, and are reported as not willing to make significant changes to the current budget for FY17.
Environmental Protection Agency
President Trump signed an Executive Order on March 28, 2017 that reverses many initiatives on clean air and energy production. Read more here.