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(Reuters) – Highlight of the day for the administration of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday:
SENATE SHOWDOWN IN GORSUCH
Moving toward a climactic showdown over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the top Senate Republican says he will begin the ticking of the clock toward a vote to cut off a Democratic effort to block the confirmation of Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.
HEALTH REVIEW OR TAXES?
As Trump and Congressional Republicans teeter between repealing Obamacare or rewriting the federal tax code as their top priority, House Speaker Paul Ryan dampens the White House‘s hopes of a quick vote on health legislation. .
Trump vows to cut red tape to speed up approval of infrastructure projects and says his review could exceed $ 1 trillion in roads, tunnels and bridges, one of his 2016 election campaign promises.
SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK
The White House blames a deadly chemical weapons attack in the Syrian province of Idlib on the government of President Bashar al-Assad, saying the incident was “reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”
KUSHNER IN IRAQ
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner travels with the top US general to an Iraqi base 10 miles (16 km) from Mosul, and voices hope the eventual recovery of the city from Islamic State will be “a victory for the world.” .
Although concerned about the prospect of a trade war, US companies operating in China want Trump to get some concessions on market access from Chinese leader Xi Jingping when the two meet this week.
CARBON TAX, VAT
The White House is exploring a value-added tax and a carbon tax as part of a planned review of the tax code, The Washington Post reports, citing an unidentified administration official and a person briefed on the matter.
NEXT SECOND HEADER
The Senate Banking Committee votes to advance the nomination of Jay Clayton as the next head of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the full Senate for approval.
Before his nomination to head the SEC, the Wall Street lawyer contacted more than half a dozen Trump transition representatives, including one whose company has a multi-million dollar contract with the agency, according to documents seen by Reuters.
DODD-FRANK “HAIR CUT”
Trump says his administration is working on changes to Dodd-Frank banking regulations that will make it easier for banks to lend money.
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