President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Friday that could eventually open millions of coastal acres to offshore oil and gas drilling, reports USA Today.
The directive instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the current five-year development plan on the Outer Continental Shelf for offshore oil and gas exploration, as well as review the regulations and permitting process for development and seismic research.
Trump wants ‘fair’ treatment in climate agreement: Trump said the U.S. is being unfairly treated in the Paris Climate Agreement and told Reuters he would announce a decision in about two weeks on whether to remain in the accord. He said China, India, Russia and other countries were paying too little to help poorer countries battle climate change under the agreement’s Green Climate Fund. “It’s not a fair situation because they are paying virtually nothing and we are paying massive amounts of money,” Trump said.
No health vote this week: There won’t be a vote on a revised health-care bill in the House this week, according to Republican leaders. Reuters writes White House officials had urged a vote on legislation before Trump’s 100th day in office on Saturday, hoping to follow through on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. But Republican leaders had not collected enough votes by Thursday evening.
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Vote planned for bill to avoid shutdown: With government operations funded through Friday at midnight, the House is expected to vote on a one-week funding bill and send it to the Senate. Politico reports a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said she doubted Democrats would hold up a short-term bill on Friday, though at least one Democrat cited in the same article declined to predict whether his party would back a one-week bill.