Monday, March 6
Š President Donald Trump signed a new order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries applying for visas from entering the US for 90 days.
Š Republicans released a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offering tax credits, refundable in advance, to people with incomes below $75,000. Those credits would be lower than the subsidies now offered in the ACA.
Š FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s assertion that Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phone.
Š The Supreme Court returned a transgender teen’s case to a lower court, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings.
Tuesday, March 7
Š WikiLeaks posted thousands of files revealing secret cyber tools used by the CIA.
Š Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies.
Š Republican efforts to revise the ACA met with widespread resistance from conservative lawmakers and powerful outside groups.
Š Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that Trump’s allegation about Obama wiretapping him shouldn’t be taken at face value. He said, “The president is a neophyte to politics.”
Š House bill HR1405 introduced to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to permit non-citizen veterans who have been removed from the United States to return as immigrants.
Wednesday, March 8
Š A federal judge denied a request by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes to halt construction of the final piece of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Š Hawaii asked a federal judge to block Trump’s revised order barring the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
Š Marines from an amphibious task force were deployed to Syria, marking a new escalation in the U.S. war in Syria, and putting more conventional U.S. troops into battle.
Š Trump administration considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Š GOP replacement for ACA cleared two House committees. Many legislators accused the House GOP of pushing an ACA replacement too fast.
Š House bill HR 585 introduced to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees and require discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers.
Thursday, March 9
Š Regarding the ACA Trump tweeted, “Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”
Š EPA head Scott Pruitt falsely claimed carbon dioxide emissions are not the “primary contributor” of global warming.
Š Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is in favor of bringing new enemy combatants to Guantanamo Bay and trying them there.
Š House bill HR1452 introduced to prohibit any payment for lodging and other travel expenses by the federal government for any such expenses incurred at a hotel owned or operated by the President.
Š House bill HR1456 introduced to prohibit the sale of shark fins.
Š House bill HR1468 introduced to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children.
Š House bill HR1471 introduced to suspend assistance to countries denying or delaying accepting aliens ordered removed from the United States.
Š House bill HR1477 introduced to prohibit the use of federal funds to build a wall along the southern border.
Š House bill HR1489 introduced to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments.
Š House resolution HRes184 introduced requesting the President and directing the Attorney General to transmit certain documents to the House relating to communications with the government of Russia.
Š House resolution HRes186 introduced, directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House tax returns and other specified financial information of President Trump.
Š Senate bill S604 introduced to allow certain State permitting authority to encourage expansion of broadband service to rural communities.
Friday, March 10
Š Trump administration demanded 46 Justice Department prosecutors tender their resignations.
Š A top military commander suggested more troops are headed to Afghanistan.
Š House bill HR1510 introduced to provide for the elimination of the Department of Education.
Š House resolution HRes191 introduced opposing fake news and alternative facts.
Saturday, March 11
Š The Trump administration reportedly plans to slash the budget of NOAA and gut federal funding for NOAA’s Sea Grant program. Sea Grant funds important work, supporting over 3,000 scientists and paying for coastal research through 33 university programs.
Sunday, March 12
Š Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed the proposed GOP healthcare plan as an “absolute disaster” and a “disgrace.”
Š Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter Jr. became Republican legislators to be read the riot act by constituents who are furious about Donald Trump’s administration and his Trumpcare plan.
Š Scott Pruitt’s office was deluged with angry callers after he questioned the link between human activity and climate change, saying that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.