Highlights: Trump’s Presidency on March 23 at 8:40 a.m. EDT

© Reuters. Trump attends a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington

(Reuters) – Highlights of the day for the administration of US President Donald Trump on Thursday:

HEALTH CARE

Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle Thursday: a life or death vote in the House of Representatives on a plan to reverse former President Barack Obama‘s signature health law.

Uncertainty about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some hospitals to delay expansion, cut costs, or take additional risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, a financial blow to these facilities and the locations where they find each other.

IMMIGRATION

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is directing US diplomatic missions to identify “populations that warrant increased scrutiny” and to tighten the selection of visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

SUPREME COURT

The grueling confirmation hearing in the US Senate for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ends Thursday with the focus on whether he will win the support of vulnerable Democratic senators who are poised for reelection in 2018.

MIDDLE EAST

Two months after resigning as Barack Obama‘s ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro sees good in the initial peace efforts of the new Trump administration, even as he voices his grievances against it.

ENERGY

The White House says Trump’s plan to cut environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom, but major US oil and gas companies are telling shareholders that the regulations have little impact on their businesses.

ADMINISTRATION

Jay Clayton, Trump’s chosen Wall Street attorney to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will face questions about his vision for the agency at his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.

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