5 Things for Wednesday
Today Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney are headed to testify on Capitol Hill- both surrounding President Trump’s recently released 2018 budget. The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee will question if the budget truly serves Mr. Trump’s goal of “fiscal responsibility”.
President Trump’s proposed budget has a 31 percent cut for the EPA, 30 percent cut for the State Department, and an almost 20 percent cut for the Labor Department- which could all result in harsh questioning from Democrats. The budget also increases spending for defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs.
President Trump in the Vatican:
This morning President Trump arrived in Vatican City- the setting for a short meeting with The Pope. Despite clashes in the past, the pair was amicable this morning- honing on their individual messages of peace despite differences in opinion. The two also exchanged gifts after their 30-minute meeting, President Trump giving the Pope books written by MLK and the Pope giving President Trump a medal and papal documents describing the Pope’s priorities. This was the third stop in Mr. Trump’s first foreign trip- he’s headed to Brussels for a NATO meeting next.
Vice President Pence in Baton Rouge:
Today V.P. Pence is set to visit Baton Rouge. He’ll meet with local businesspeople to discuss health care, jobs, and the economy. Mr. Pence will also be delivering remarks in Port Allen at Cajun Industries- a construction services corporation. Along with him will be Seema Verma- head of Medicare and Medicaid in the Trump administration, maybe they’ll talk about Louisiana’s recent $368 million Medicaid expansion.
Manchester Attack Aftermath:
In response to the recent terror attack in Manchester, British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the United Kingdom’s threat level to the top of its scale at “critical”- which hasn’t been that high since 2007. At this level, armed soldiers will be deployed to several sites around the country- May worried that another terror attack like the one in Manchester, claimed by ISIS, “may be imminent”.
The 29th annual Fleet Week New York celebration kicks off today. This event brings Naval and Coast Guard ships to the Hudson River in Manhattan- giving a much needed break to thousands of sailors who will get to spend sometime in the Big Apple before sailing away to new places.