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Week of April 30, 2018

The House and Senate are in recess this week. Next week, the House will likely vote on a Senate-passed Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution (S.J. Res. 57) to block Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) guidance issued on March 21, 2013 that was meant to stop discriminatory markups on indirect loans made by car dealers. During the week of May 14, the House will vote on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), which the House Agriculture Committee marked up and passed on April 18 by a party-line vote of 26-20.

The Senate next week will vote on six federal circuit court judicial nominations: Kurt Engelhardt to be Judge for the 5th Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas); Joel Carson III to be Judge for the 10th Circuit (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming); John Nalbandian to be Judge for the 6th Circuit (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee); and Michael Brennan, Michael Scudder, and Amy St. Eve to be Judges for the 7th Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin). Senate Democrats are also preparing to force a floor vote to restore net neutrality rules repealed by President Trump's Federal Communications Commission this past December, creating a public clash they hope will help them in the midterm elections. Democrats are planning to take the procedural step May 9 to compel the vote on the CRA disapproval resolution (S.J. Res. 52), which could set up the vote as soon as the week of May 14. Senate Democrats have 50 votes lined up - more than enough to force a vote under the Congressional Review Act, but one shy of the 51 required for passage; Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is the only Republican who has pledged support for the effort so far.
On Monday, President Trump is meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. On Tuesady, Trump presents the Commander in Chief's trophy to the Army football team, meets with the crew of Southwest Flight 1380 and meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. On Wednesday, Trump speaks at the National Teacher of the Year reception. On Thursday, Trump participates in an event for the National Day of Prayer. On Friday or Saturday, Trump is likely to address the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.

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