If you haven’t been following politics this week, here’s a quick roundup of what Republicans managed to do in a seven-day window:
- The House of Representatives passed The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 – a bill that Talking Points Memo says “could cripple the ability of government to regulate private industry.” If the Senate passes the bill and Trump signs it into law, “federal agencies entrusted with enforcing the Clean Air Act or other landmark legislation will no longer be able to do their job.”
- Trump endorsed the company of one of his biggest super PAC donors.
- Trump appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to serve as a White House senior advisor, despite Kushner’s significant conflicts of interest.
- Trump announced a plan for addressing his own conflicts of interest: let his sons run his company, stop making deals overseas, and make the Trump Organization hire an ethics adviser to approve new deals in the U.S. Oh, and when foreign diplomats pay to stay at his hotels, he’ll donate the proceeds to the US Treasury – a move that, as Vox says, “poses new ethical conflicts by removing even the semblance of a firewall between Trump’s money and the US government’s money.”
- Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz threatened the head of the Office of Government Ethics for criticizing Trump’s conflicts of interest plan.
- The House and Senate both introduced a bill that would make it easier to buy gun silencers. Fun fact: it’s called the Hearing Protection Act, because Republicans want to protect public health.
- Speaking of public health, Senate Republicans took their first big step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
- Paul Ryan lied repeatedly about Obamacare in order to drum up support for repealing it.
- Trump kicked off MLK weekend by insulting a civil rights hero.