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Today In Government: Religious Freedom, Tax Reform and Trade

Trump administration officials make rules, regulations, and policies that impact most aspects of our lives. Today in government, religious freedom, tax reform, and trade are topics up for discussion and debate.

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 Religious Freedom, Taxes and Trade

Today government officials will engage with highly consequential topics and make important decisions about religious freedom protections, tax reform and trade. All of which profoundly impact the lives of millions of Americans domestically and abroad. Here are the details.

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Event Schedule

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1. 9:00AM (EDT) – U.S. House of Representatives Meets for Legislative Business

John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

Summary – The House is considering  H.R. 5515. The bill authorizes FY2019 Department of Defense appropriations for: Procurement, including aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, ship-building and conversion, and space procurement; Working Capital Funds; Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction; Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities; Overseas Contingency Operations; and Military Construction.

2. 9:30AM (EDT) – U.S. Senate Debates 2019 Spending Bills

Provides FY2019 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.

Summary – The Senate has resumed deliberations on H.R. 6147, a package of spending bills for FY2019. The bills relate to the following: The Interior and Environment; Financial Services; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Agriculture departments.

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3. 9:45AM (EDT) – U.S. Trade Representative on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Summary – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and related agencies on the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy and the 2019 budget.

4. 10:00AM (EDT) – Federal Officials Testify on Government Reorganization Plan

Summary – General Services Administration Administrator, Emily Murphy and Office of Personnel Management Director, Jeff Pon testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management is hosting the hearing.

5. 10:00AM (EDT) – Vice President Mike Pence Addresses Religious Freedom Conference

Summary – Vice President Mike Pence is delivering remarks on Religious Freedom at a State Department conference.

6. 10:30AM (EDT) – Senate Panel Looks at Tax Administration Reforms

Summary – Stakeholders in tax policy testify at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on making improvements to the Tax Administration.

7. 3:40PM (EDT) – President Trump Delivers Remarks in Illinois on Tariffs Policy

Summary – President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at Granite City Works, a steel-production factory in Illinois.

8. 4:10PM (EDT) – Secretary of State Pompeo Holds News Conference on Religious Freedom

Summary – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host a religious freedom forum and news conference with government officials and international organizations at the State Department.

Today’s events will impact all Americans. 

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Olivia P. Walker

I’m an award winning public affairs and digital communications strategist. I am also a fusion bellydancer. Finally, I launched Public Affairs Digest, a current affairs magazine, public affairs blog and edutainment media website.