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The House is in recess until Oct. 23, 2017.


On Oct. 17, 2017, the Senate confirmed David Joel Trachtenberg to be a principal deputy under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting, LLC, a national security consultancy.  Prior to this role, he was vice president and head of Strategic Analysis Division at CACI-National Security Research. Trachtenberg previously served in several roles at the Department of Defense, most recently as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy where he was responsible for issues relating to NATO, Europe, Russia and Eurasia, technology security, counter-proliferation, missile defense, nuclear forces, and arms control.  Additionally, Trachtenberg was a professional staff member with the House Armed Services Committee. Trachtenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


On Oct. 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that directs the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury to rewrite federal rules for Association Health Plans (AHPs), to allow American employers to form groups across state lines and waive the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

The Executive Order also expands the availability of short-term insurance policies, which offer limited benefits as a bridge for people between jobs or young adults no longer eligible for their parents' health plans. 

State insurance commissioners, most of the health-insurance industry, consumer advocates and medical associations came out against the order, warning it could increase costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law's marketplaces.

To read the order, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/12/president-donald-j-trump-taking-action-improve-access-increase-choices


The Senate is in recess Oct. 6-13; the House is in recess Oct. 16- 20, 2017.


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