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September 29, 2017

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Health Policy & Reform

For months, Republicans agonized over their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace effort.

It was declared dead in the spring. Then revived and passed in the House. It appeared dead in the Senate this summer, but came back to life. On Tuesday, September 26th the Graham-Cassidy bill failed as three Senate Republicans announced they oppose the effort, and Senate Republicans decided not to hold a roll call on a bill that lacks the votes to pass.

For more information, read the The Hill article.


Muslim Ban

On Monday, September 25th the Trump administration unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. “Making America Safe is my number one priority,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night. “Six of President Trump’s targeted countries are Muslim. The fact that Trump has added North Korea — with few visitors to the US — and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn’t obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. “President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list.” The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the legality of the travel ban next month.

For more information, read the CNN article.



President Donald Trump will limit the number of refugees entering the United States in the next fiscal year to 45,000, the lowest level in decades, according to three administration officials. The cap will be lower than the 50,000-refugee limit Trump attempted to set as part of the Muslim ban; and it pales in comparison to the 110,000 refugees former President Barack Obama hoped to allow into the country in fiscal year 2017. The president faced a deadline of Oct. 1 to make a decision on the refugee cap, and his advisers were divided on the issue.

For more information, read the Politico article.