Tue, Mar. 21, 2017: Trump speaks at National Republican Congressional Committee dinner, helps raise $30 million

The president spoke at a dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday night — an event that raised a record-breaking $30.1 million for the group, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

During the speech, Trump made another pitch for the GOP health care bill, which would dismantle Obamacare.

Trump also seemed to take a shot at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who for the first time Tuesday publicly described Trump’s statements about federal judges as “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”

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Tue, Mar. 21, 2017: Trump signs NASA spending authorization act

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after signing the NASA transition authorization act in the Oval Office of the White House March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. The bill boosts NASA's overall budget $19.5 billion, while refocusing efforts on deep space exploration and a manned mission to Mars. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that increases the budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), maintains the agency’s earth science program and adds human exploration of Mars as a goal.

The measure increases NASA’s budget to $19.5 billion. Trump’s initial budget proposal submitted to Congress last week allocated $19.1 billion, a modest decrease from the current spending level.

Trump said the law will reinforce NASA’s core mission of human space exploration while continuing to transition activities to private aerospace companies. “I hope they will pay us a lot of money,” Trump said in an Oval Office signing ceremony attended by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 21, 2017: Trump signs NASA spending authorization act”

Tue, Mar. 21, 2017: Trump warns House GOP not to vote against Obamacare replacement bill

President Trump issued a stern warning on Tuesday, telling Republicans they could lose their seats — and the House majority — in 2018 if they fail to repeal and replace ObamaCare, GOP sources said.

During a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, Trump told rank-and-file House Republicans if the party is not successful in passing its healthcare bill, “I believe many of you will lose in 2018,” according to a source in the room.

“He told us if we don’t pass this bill on Thursday, it will put everything in jeopardy that he wants to do, his agenda,” Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) told The Hill as he left the meeting.

The House is slated to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. If it passes, it will head to the Senate, where it faces a tougher road.

Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill was billed as a rally for the healthcare bill, just two days before the historic vote to roll back President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. But the gathering took on a darker tone.

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