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Track-Trump January 24, 2017


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Today, President Trump signed several executive memoranda related to his campaign promises. They focused on pipeline construction and energy policy, beginning with a memo that invited TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, to resubmit an application for expedited construction. The President also signed a memo to accelerate the permitting and construction process of the Dakota Access pipeline and another broader directive instructing the Secretary of Commerce to develop a plan under which any future construction or repair of pipelines would utilize “materials produced in the United States.”

On Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, which directs that “[n]one of the funds…authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.” The text of the bill would make permanent Sec. 506 of the most recent Health and Human Services Appropriations, often referred to as the Hyde Amendment.

With a 96-4 vote from the Senate, Governor Nikki Hayley was confirmed as Ambassador to the United Nations. Other Cabinet nominees, including Tom Price (Health and Human Services), Mick Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget), and Linda McMahon (Small Business Administration) faced questions in front of Senate committees.

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