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DACA and the government shutdown

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats continue on Capitol Hill. Republicans held off on discussing DACA and other immigration policies during the 69-hour shutdown until President Donald J. Trump signed a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his team will put forth legislation regarding immigration and DACA.

Targeting human rights abusers

Also taking place just days before Christmas, Trump signed an executive order issuing sanctions on individuals and groups who enable “human rights abuses and corruption.” Those now under sanction include a Guatemalan congressman and the son of Russia’s prosecutor general, among others.

GOP’s tax bill

Over Christmas break, when students were relaxing with good food and family, Trump announced the signing of a tax reform overhaul. It was the first big legislative victory for the Trump administration and the cooperating GOP. According to the U.S. Treasury, 90 percent of families who get a paycheck will take home a greater portion of their net income as soon as February.

Temporary work visas blocked

Trump announced the removal of Haiti from a list of countries whose immigrants are eligible to receive seasonal and agricultural visas. Belize and Samoa were also left off of the list. This comes after Trump’s administration also ended “Temporary Protected Status” for nearly 60,000 Haitians working in the United States since the 2010 earthquake which shocked Haiti.

McCain’s team inquired about dossier

Last month, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed an associate of Sen. John McCain over the 35-page anti-Trump dossier which has led to much scrutiny as it alleged “collusion” with Russia. Until this point, it was accepted that a Republican was the first to seek out a dossier with former British spy Christopher Steele at Fusion GPS. Founders of Fusion GPS have expressed that they feel unrightfully targeted according to NPR.

Trump to give State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump will give his first State of the Union address this Tuesday. It will be broadcasted at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. Live fact-checking will also be available through NBC News. With Trump’s current approval rating of 37 percent, many Americans agree that the economy is doing fairly well, according to CBS. It is anticipated that Trump will touch largely on the state of the economy.