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Track-Trump March 13, 2017


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The Congressional Budget Office released a highly anticipated report assessing the fiscal and coverage impact of the health care bill being considered in the House. The report estimates the legislation would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion from 2017 to 2026. In the same timeframe, the number of insured Americans would be reduced by 24 million individuals.

Shortly after the release of the CBO report, the White House held a press conference to refute the findings, during which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said it was “virtually impossible” to imagine the loss of coverage would be as severe as the report suggested. House Speaker Paul Ryan chose instead to celebrate the report’s conclusions, saying in a statement that the CBO study “confirms that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care.”

President Trump signed an executive order intended to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch.” The order gives the head of each federal agency 180 days to develop a plan to reorganize their departments, reducing “unnecessary” and “redundant” components. This process will be supervised by the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

The Department of Justice asked for more time to provide evidence requested by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee regarding President Trump’s Twitter allegation of being “wiretapped” by former President Obama during the campaign.

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