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White House Daily Briefing direct from the White House

From: OPA@who.eop.gov
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 12:37 PM
Subject: White House OPA Daily Briefing 12.4

Good afternoon, please see below for today’s daily briefing.

Today: The President’s Daily Schedule

This morning, President Donald J. Trump departed the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Salt Lake City, UT.  The President will then arrive in Salt Lake City, UT, meet with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Leaders, and tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Welfare Square.  In the afternoon, the President will give remarks at the Utah State Capitol.  The President will then depart Salt Lake City, UT for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.

 Today: 3 Articles to Read

Republicans push for final version of tax cut bill to meet year-end goal

Congressional Republicans say they are pressing forward after the Senate passed its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill late last week and that its differences with the House version shouldn’t create major roadblocks in the process as they look to send a bill to President Trump’s desk before year’s end.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/3/republicans-push-final-tax-cut-bill-end-year/

November jobs report highlights economic news

After a couple of months of hurricane -related volatility, this week’s report on November payrolls could provide the first largely untainted reading of the labor market since summer. A relatively light week of economic news also features data on the service sector and consumer credit.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/12/04/november-jobs-report-highlights-economic-news/913162001/

Dow soars 230 points higher to record as Street cheers Senate passing tax bill

U.S. stocks traded sharply higher on Monday as investor sentiment was boosted the Senate narrowly passing a major tax bill over the weekend.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/04/us-stock-futures-dow-data-tax-plan-opec-politics-on-the-agenda.html

Today: 3 Things to Know

The road ahead for tax reform

  • After a busy week of discussions and compromise, Senate Republicans backed up a major promise to the American people by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning.
  • The bill now advances to a congressional conference committee, which will reconcile any differences between the Senate’s version and similar legislation passed by the House last month. This process—an indispensable component of American democracy—will ensure that all voices are heard and that the final product sent to President Donald J. Trump later this month is the bill’s strongest version yet.
  • The President applauds the Senate for its work and looks forward to signing this momentous tax cut into law in time for Christmas.
  • Click here to read the full statement on the Senate vote.

What President Trump will tell Utah today

  • President Trump is traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, today to deliver an important message at the State Capitol. In April, the President ordered an extensive review of all large federal land expansions made since 1996 under the Antiquities Act—a 1906 law intended to safeguard national monuments that’s become a pretext for massive federal land grabs.
  • That report will be released this week. When the President goes to Utah today, he will lay out his proclamation to modify the boundaries for both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, explaining how certain past abuses of the Antiquities Act have harmed local communities.
  • It’s an important decision worth illuminating clearly. Here’s what the President’s proclamation does:
  • Corrects past federal overreach
  • Protects objects of national significance and prioritizes public access
  • Facilitates infrastructure upgrades and maintenance
  • Ensures tribal cultural use
  • Protects hunting and fishing rights
  • Here’s what it doesn’t do:
  • Sell public lands wholesale
  • Close or shrink national parks
  • Drill for oil in national parks
  • Leave tribal artifacts or fossils unprotected

Watch the President’s speech live at 3:30 p.m. EST today.

 

December update on the President’s nominations

  • On Friday, President Trump sent 12 nominations to the Senate for approval, including Jeffrey DeWit of Arizona to be chief financial officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, James Williams of Utah to be chief financial officer of the Department of Labor, and Mark Schneider of the District of Columbia to be director of the Institute of Education Science at the Department of Labor.
  • Last week, President Trump nominated respected monetary economist Marvin Goodfriend of Pennsylvania to become a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • View the full list of nominations here.

 

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