Monday, Jan. 30
Š Atty. Gen. Sally Yates ordered the U.S. Dept of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in court, saying the order may be unlawful.
Š Trump issued an order to empower local law enforcement to act as immigration officers and help with detention of illegal immigrants.
Š Trump issued an order requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded.
Š Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his immigration ban.
Š S241, Senate bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood, introduced.
Š HR726, House bill to prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio, introduced.
Š HR727, House bill to prohibit Federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, introduced.
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Š Trump replaced acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Š Republicans suspended Senate rules to push through Cabinet nominees Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary and Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary.
Š Rex Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State.
Š Judge Neil Gorsuch nominated to the Supreme Court. Trump told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if there is strong opposition to this nomination.
Š Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Š S260, Senate bill to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, introduced.
Thursday, Feb. 2
Š National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, said, “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” as a warning over Iran’s most recent ballistic missile test. Trump added, “Nothing is off the table.”
Š In a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump threatened to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them.
Š Trump tweeted to pull federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley after it cancels a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, considered an advocate of white supremacy, transphobia, and misogyny.
Š In expressing his disappointment that the Obama administration agreed to a deal with Australia to allow 1,200 Muslim refugees into the U.S., Trump said, “We’re being taken advantage of by every nation in the world, virtually. It’s not going to happen anymore.”
Š Trump said, “I will get rid of … the Johnson Amendment … . Freedom of religion is a sacred right but it’s also a right under threat all around us and the world is under serious, serious threat in so many different ways.” The Johnson Amendment precludes 501(c)(3) nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates.
Š Jason Chaffetz, sponsor of House bill, HR621, to sell off 3.3 million acres of public lands said on Instagram that he was withdrawing the bill after public outcry. However, the website Congress.gov still shows it as “current legislation.”
Š The Trump administration announced plans for the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants living in sanctuary cities.
Š Department of Homeland Security announced its “Countering Violent Extremism” grant program will be renamed either “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.” This change appears to replace a focus on white supremacy with an exclusive focus on “radical Islam.”
Š HR840, House bill to require the President, Vice President, and Cabinet-level officers to release their tax returns, introduced.
Š House votes to overturn Obama rule restricting gun sales to the severely mentally ill.
Š Senate passes resolution to undo Stream Protection Rule, which minimizes coal mine pollutants in waterways and requires water quality monitoring. The House had passed the same legislation the day before.
Friday, Feb. 3
Š U.S. Department of Agriculture removes inspection reports and information from its website about the treatment of animals in thousands of research laboratories, zoos, dog breeding operations and other facilities.
Š U.S. District Court Judge James Robart overturns Trump’s immigration ban.
Š Republicans suspended committee rules to force through Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Š Fueling a Constitutional crisis regarding the court’s decision to temporarily block the immigration ban, Trump tweeted, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Sunday, Feb. 5
Š The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied a Justice Department request to stay the suspension of Trump’s travel ban. The immigration ban remains suspended.
Š Trump signed a series of orders calling for reviews or rollbacks of financial regulations from the Dodd-Frank law after meeting with present and past Wall Street CEOs.