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Today’s Agenda: Congressional Impasse Looks Likely To Bleed Into Holiday Break

May 23, 2019 8:42 a.m.

Happy Thursday, May 23. Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to come together on infrastructure and disaster relief legislation as the Memorial Day weekend looms and members prepare to go home. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.

Three Things We’re Watching Today

Next steps in Trump’s latest court battle

A federal judge on Wednesday denied President Trump’s request to halt subpoenas issued by the House to two of his lenders. Trump’s personal attorneys said that it’s a “safe bet” to assume they will appeal the ruling, and we’ll be following they’re next steps.

Ripples from Trump’s public outburst

Trump on Wednesday blew up at House Democrats, demanding that they halt their investigations into him if they want to work with the administration on legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) fired back in a letter, saying that Trump had thrown a “temper tantrum.” We’ll be watching the exchanges.

Gone for the holiday

As Trump’s promise of infrastructure legislation is neglected, it looks like Democrats and Republicans also may not come together on a disaster relief funding bill for communities damaged by wildfires, flooding and hurricanes, which at one time looked like a more optimistic prospect. Immigration measures are keeping the parties apart — we’ll be following any last minute legislative moves on this front.

Today’s Rundown

9:00 a.m. ET House gavels in.

9:30 a.m. ET Senate gavels in.

10:45 a.m. ET Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference.

11:00 a.m. ET Trump meets with the Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

3:15 p.m. ET Trump “delivers remarks on supporting America’s farmers and ranchers” in the Roosevelt Room.

Yesterday’s Top Story

Judge Told Trump Attorneys Their Case To Block Subpoenas Isn’t ‘Serious’ — Josh Kovensky

Reading List

‘India Wins,’ Modi Says as He Surges to Decisive Victory — Iain Marlow, Bloomberg

What if we covered the climate crisis like we did the start of the second world war? — Bill Moyers, The Guardian

A conservative activist’s behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation’s courts — Robert O’Harrow Jr., Shawn Boburg, The Washington Post

Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions — Matt Day, Bloomberg

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