Alarmed that Chinese investors may try to buy Westinghouse Electric Co.’s nuclear business, the Trump administration is trying to find a U.S. or allied buyer for the company instead, Bloomberg reports.
The report says cabinet members including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have discussed preventing Westinghouse’s purchase by a Chinese-linked company. The report, which cites U.S. officials, comes as President Donald Trump is preparing to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday and Friday. Bloomberg said the administration is preparing for Westinghouse to come up during the meeting.
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Centrists push back on Obamacare repeal plan: A new proposal from the White House and Republican leaders to revive an Obamacare repeal is facing pushback from centrist Republicans already wary of the legislation, the Hill reports. In an attempt to win over conservative holdouts, Republicans have discussed redesigning their health-care bill so states can apply for waivers on two Obamacare rules. But the attempt to move the bill further to the right threatens to erode support among moderate members who were turned off by the previous version of the GOP bill, the Hill writes.
Voters to government: don’t shut down: With money to fund the government running out at the end of the month, a majority of voters have a message for lawmakers: don’t allow a shutdown. Sixty-five percent of voters in a new Politico/Morning Consult poll say Congress should “take all necessary steps to avoid a government shutdown.” Just 17% of registered voters say they could stomach a shutdown “if it helps them achieve their policy goals.” The poll was taken March 30-April 1 among 1,990 registered voters. It has a margin of error of two percentage points.
Also read: Here’s what would happen during a government shutdown.
Merkley’s old-school filibuster: Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has seized the Senate floor in an attempt to launch an old-school filibuster to block Judge Neil Gorsuch from getting on the Supreme Court. But as the Washington Post explains, it comes too late to be able to derail or even delay Gorsuch’s confirmation. Procedurally, there’s nothing the Oregon Democrat or his colleagues can do to stop Gorsuch from getting a vote Thursday to advance his nomination, the Post writes. And ultimately there’s not much they can do to stop Gorsuch from getting on the high court.