The Weekly Trek: June 23, 2017

The Weekly Trek

June 23, 2017

Top Political News

  • Trump says he has no Comey tapes. Politico
  • Senate Leaders Unveil Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. NY Times
  • Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault. Washington Post
  • Nancy Pelosi Tells Democratic Critics, ‘I Think I’m Worth the Trouble’. NY Times
  • Supreme Court Case Could Have Huge Impact on Who Wins Future Elections. Rolling Stone
  • Formula Measures Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering. Wall Street Journal
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Wildfire Bill Shifting Liabilities From Utilities Passes House. BNA
  • Republican eyes Western Dems on wildfire bill. E&E News
  • Renewable energy no longer a niche to institutional investors. Reuters
  • New best friends: GOP governors and renewables. E&E News
  • Cities, states fight uphill to uphold Paris goals. Seattle Times
  • New Oregon business group: We’re all about a carbon price. Period. Portland Business Journal

Indian Affairs

  • Standing Rock Claims Confirmed – Justice Demands Tribes Rights are Respected. NCAI
  • The Case for Tribal Primacy in Taxation in Indian Country. Univ. of Arizona
  • Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items. KRWG
  • Mosier train siding project denied again. Hood River News
  • Feds order shutdown of tribal casino in Washington state. Seattle Times


  • Trump Takes Steps to Undo Obama Legacy on Labor. NY Times
  • Public Pension Funding Dropping Even With Contribution Hikes. BNA
  • Weak Job Prospects for Disabled Workers Show Labor Market Isn’t Fully Healed. Wall Street Journal
  • The National Labor Relations Board is alarmingly unfazed by 2016. The Hill
  •  The ‘Alt-Labor’ Leader Fighting for Fair Pay for Restaurant Workers. Bloomberg

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Ryan Talks Up Likelihood of Tax Overhaul. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump’s trade chief promises tougher enforcement, but offers no deadline for new NAFTA deal. Washington Times
  • Wilbur Ross’s Cool Explanation of Trump’s Heated Trade Talk. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump administration lays groundwork for NAFTA negotiations. The Hill
  • Trump’s Steel Tariff Threat Faces Resistance From Lawmakers. Wall Street Journal
  • House poised to add billions to Trump’s military budget. Defense News
  • Schumer: Tax cut may derail debt-ceiling increase. The Hill
  • Oregon Democrats throw in the towel on corporate tax plan, pension reforms this session. Oregonian



  • U.S. House reps sign bipartisan letter seeking Highway Trust Fund solution. Progressive Railroading
  • Senators Release Bipartisan Principles for Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles. AASHTO
  • Bill Shuster re-introduces bill to privatize air-traffic control. Post-Gazette
  • States raising gas taxes to fund transportation improvements. Fox News

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