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Track-Trump March 6, 2017


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President Trump signed an updated executive order suspending travel from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the refugee resettlement program. The new order exempts Iraq from the list of impacted countries and does not apply to legal permanent residents, dual nationals traveling on passports from unaffected regions, and certain other visa holders. An indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and language regarding preferential treatment for religious minorities have been removed. The effective date of the order is March 16, 2017.

The House Republican Caucus released the full language of a replacement health care bill that will enter committee review in the coming weeks. The proposal substitutes age-based tax credits for income-based subsidies, freezes Medicaid expansion, and repeals most Obamacare-levied taxes. Some elements of the Affordable Care Act would be preserved, including the rule protecting individuals with preexisting conditions and the provision allowing individuals under the age 26 to remain on their parents’ plans.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security John Kelly confirmed previous reporting that his department was considering adopting a policy of separating parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border to dissuade migrants from coming to the country.

After calls to recuse himself or resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted a supplementary letter providing more details regarding his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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