Congress went on recess this week, allowing Senators and Representatives to go home to their states and districts. Several town hall meetings featured some angry exchanges between the elected leaders and what seems to be a mixture of organized left-wing protesters and some sincere complaints against any apparent action to fix or repeal Obamacare. By the way, Obamacare turns seven years old on March 23, less than a month from today. But the drive to repeal Obamacare before it turns seven is faltering. No wonder the constituents are angry!
Here’s what else happened in Washington during this recess week:
- With Congress in recess, the biggest show in town this week is CPAC. The President, Vice President, and several high-level administration officials spoke at the conservative gathering. What’s missing from CPAC this year? Congressional leadership.
- Amid accusations of mass deportations and a lingering court case in the Ninth Circuit, the Trump Administration is fine-tuning its temporary order that bans travel from seven countries with ties to terrorism. Look for a new rule on Monday.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations.
- The Trump Administration continues to roll back several Obama-era regulations, including the repeal of a directive for local public schools to allow anyone to use whatever bathroom they wish. On Friday, President Trump issued a new executive order that places regulatory reform officers in the various government agencies to oversee task forces to make sure that the President’s regulatory reform agenda isn’t stalled by bureaucrats. This will also be a major theme of the President’s State of the Union Address next Tuesday.
- President Trump visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture this week to encourage unity and combat bigotry. Of note, the President also used some of his time at the museum to denounce a recent spate of threats against the Jewish community.
- The Democrats are electing a new leader of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday. The winner of that election will be the de facto head of the Democratic party while they are out of power.
Brian Williams is the NCPA’s Legislator Director.