May 2017

CNBC: U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal

WASHINGTON, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Republican Rand Paul and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate to force a vote on whether to block part of the sale.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee received formal notice of the pending sale on May 19.

The Hill: Dem rep to media: My office a ‘bodyslam free zone’

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) says that his office is a “bodyslam free zone” for the media following an alleged physical confrontation between GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte and a reporter in Montana.

“Dear Press: We have created a safe zone in our office,” he tweeted with the hashtag #ThursdayThoughts. “Reporters will (1) get the truth and (2) not get body slammed.”

LA Weekly: L.A. Lawmaker Targets Trump's Travels With the "SWAMP Act"

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of the Westside is giving his people what they want with his recently introduced SWAMP (Stop Waste And Misuse by the President) Act. If approved, it would require Trump and any cohorts under U.S. Secret Service protection (such as his wife, Melania) to pay for their own travel to properties where the president has a commercial interest.