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This Week Promises To Be Another Wild Ride In Trumpland USA

There really should be some ride restrictions here at Trumpland USA. These twists, turns, climbs and drops are not for the faint of heart. And that quiet that you hear is the nation’s journalists power-napping before Monday morning Twitter rolls around.

Big Change to Monday Hearing

An open hearing scheduled for Monday in which former Interim Attorney General Sally Yates, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA Director John Brennan were all set to testify was abruptly canceled on Friday. Instead, Devin Nunes, Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee plans to hold a closed session meeting with FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers. Democratic Co-Chair Paul Schiff opposes the closed session and has openly criticized the move, suggesting there is evidence set to come to light that is damaging to Trump and his campaign staff.

“I think that there must have been a very strong pushback from the White House about the nature of Monday’s hearing,” Schiff said. “It’s hard for me to come to any other conclusion about why an agreed-upon hearing would be suddenly canceled.”

Meanwhile

Also on Monday, the House Committee on Rules is scheduled to hold a hearing on Hearing: H.R. 1430 and S.J.Res. 34. The joint resolution is expected to overturn the 2016 FCC rule ‘‘Protecting 5 the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Tele- 6 communications Services.” The current rule requires Internet Service Providers and VoIP providers to protect the privacy of users proprietary information and alert them of any breaches. It also requires carriers to provide privacy notices and the option to opt in or out of such services.

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is meeting to discuss the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch as well as nominees to the lower courts. In the event of a vote, Senate Dems are planning a filibuster.

Budget Talks

Over the course of this week, the House will hold hearings to prepare for a huge budget overhaul. Multiple committees are scheduled to address funding for: The Farm Bill, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Research at the Department of Energy, SNAP, Federally Funded Cancer Research, The Impact of the Volcker Rule and quite a few defense department enhancement studies.

We can also expect a final decision regarding the nomination of Paul Acosta to head the Department of Transportation.

Of course, all of these are subject to change. All eyes and ears are on the closed meeting on Monday. As we have learned over the course of the last several weeks, ANYTHING can happen!

 

 

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