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Political Research Wrap-Up: Republicans win five of the seven races in June, Trump talks foreign policy.

2017 July 10

Republicans win five of the seven races in June, seats remain virtually unchanged. President Trump talks foreign policy.

Notable Public Statements:

  • President Trump remarks on his vision for the future of American infrastructure at the White House Infrastructure Summit.

  • Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Menendez (D-NJ) along with Congressman Diaz-Balart (R-FL) penned an Op-Ed with a positive outlook on Trump's US-Cuba Policy changes.

  • After being sworn in as the first female Governor of Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds discusses her rural upbringing as well as her policy priorities on taxes, energy, education, and workforce development.

  • In an Op-Ed for CNN, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) advocates for limited US military intervention in the Middle East.

  • President Trump announces the country's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

  • Sen. Rand Paul criticizes Jeff Sessions and the "War On Drugs."

Recent Legislation:

  • S 722: This bill imposes sanctions upon individuals contributing to Iran’s ballistic missiles program as well as individuals in Russia engaging in activities undermining the security of other nations.

  • HR 10: The passed Financial CHOICE Act would repeal, reduce, and introduce new regulations for financial institutions and government entities.

  • CA AB 1578: California House members voted to pass a bill that would prohibit California law enforcement from assisting federal law enforcement in marijuana law enforcement activities.

  • IL SB 81: This bill would create a plan for raising the minimum wage in the state of Illinois to $15/hour by 2022.

  • NV AB 374: This bill has received national attention for its plan to drastically expand ...

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