In the House of Representatives
- On Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with top Democrats to move negotiations forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, which Congress still needs to ratify. Democrats have argued for more stringent labor and environmental protections. Likely not discussed: The inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity language.
- Democrats plan to read the entire Mueller report on the House floor Thursday.
- Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and Warren Davidson of Ohio held a news conference Thursday on the Equality Act, which they called the “INequality” Act, highlighting religious liberty concerns. The bill would edit the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, along with other changes. The House is expected to vote on it Friday.
In the Senate
- Donald Trump Jr. agreed Tuesday to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee after Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., issued a subpoena last week. The mid-June meeting with the president’s son will take place behind closed doors.
- On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Michael Truncale as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Kenneth Kiyul Lee of California was confirmed Wednesday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Wendy Vitter to a U.S. District Court seat in New Orleans.
The Senate on Thursday, voting along party lines, confirmed Jeffrey Rosen to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
- Looking ahead: The Senate is planning to vote on a disaster aid package next week. Federal aid so far has been held up by disagreements over assistance to Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, hurricane-hit and flood-ravaged areas like Florida and the Midwest have yet to receive significant (or any) federal dollars. —Harvest Prude