Trump budget pushes IT modernization
. It's barely a rounding error in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion federal budget proposal unveiled on May 23, but there is $228 million set aside for an IT modernization fund to be housed at the General Services Administration. (FCW)
Trump nominates 30-year government veteran to be new OPM director
. President Donald Trump finally has a long-awaited choice to fill a key position in the federal government that oversees everything from federal employee pay and benefit programs, recruitment and hiring efforts and even snow closure decisions. (Federal News Radio)
Conservatives could complicate major tax reform vote
. Leaders of the House Freedom Caucus want to use a crucial floor vote on tax reform as leverage to tie the effort to welfare reform and expand the number of committees that would have a say on the issue. (Politico Pro)
Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs
. President Trump's budget proposal for 2018 envisions a flurry of changes to domestic energy policy, reaping billions of dollars in one-time revenue from oil
and gas resources while cutting research into future energy technologies that could pay long-term dividends. (New York Times)
Trump budget drops climate aid
. President Donald Trump's detailed budget released today offers no money for the Green Climate Fund, and proposes reducing other international environmental assistance. (Politico Pro)
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Driverless cars inspire a new gold rush in California
. It is a breezy spring day in Willows, California, and a motley collection of cars is preparing to take on the winding course at the Thunderhill Raceway. But unlike most auto races, this isn't a test of the skill of the person sitting behind the wheel. These cars are driving themselves. (Financial Times)
Trump's budget surprises and wishful thinking
. President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget breaks with Republican orthodoxy on domestic programs, funds programs he threatened to cut, increases spending where he called for less, and cuts parts of government he promised not to touch. (Politico Pro)
Democrats Push for Transit Funds; Infrastructure Budget Details
. Senate Democrats urged the Transportation Department to release grants for billions of dollars worth of transit projects for ferries, light rail and more in the federal transit agency's pipeline, in a letter sent ahead of the administration's fiscal 2018 budget request.The letter signed by 26 Senate Democrats criticized the proposal in President Donald Trump's "skinny budget" that would cut funds for the Capital Investment Grant program. (BNA)
In the morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in an arrival ceremony at the Vatican. The President will then participate in an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. Later in the morning, the President and the First Lady will participate in an expanded audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Later in the morning, the President and the First Lady will tour the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy. The President and the First Lady will then depart Rome, Italy en route to Brussels, Belgium. Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will take an official photo with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. The President will then participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium.
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of John J. Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State.
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