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Gavel Down: Wrapping up the week in Congress

Lots of sleep deprivation this week following marathon Senate session…

House passed bill to extend privacy protections to old emails. Senate confirmed three more nominees in historic confirmation sessions in more ways than one. House passed three more resolutions aimed at reversing executive rules. President Trump signed executive orders focused on law enforcement officers and Justice Department. Appeals court maintained freeze on travel ban executive order. House Democrats gathered for annual policy retreat. Senate scheduled three confirmation votes for next week.

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The Week Ahead in Congress

The House and Senate are out for President's Day recess.

Supreme Court Nominee Announced

Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda

President Trump signed many executive actions this week in a wide range of policy areas. In general, these orders and memos explain to executive branch employees what to prioritize and how. In some areas, Congress has given the executive branch explicit authority to set the policy, such as determining the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. each year.

Several of these actions will require Congressional action (such as approving supplemental funds for the border wall or to hire additional immigration and customs enforcement officers), so we've created pages for each order and memo issued in President Trump's first week as president. As always, you can use POPVOX to tell your lawmakers what you think.