By S-3 Public Affairs
Fact of the Week: Get ready to start reading a lot more about AI. Mashable recaps Google’s developer keynote this past week noting, “Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the fundamental shift from a mobile-first landscape to an AI-first one.” Google is exploring, carefully, ways to embrace and use AI to help, rather than ways to avoid and protect against it. At the same time GE and Partners HealthCare, “on Wednesday launched an ambitious initiative to employ artificial intelligence to improve medical care.” The Boston Globe reports, “AI technology is part of the growing digital health field, which was about $61 billion globally in 2013 and is expected to grow to $233 billion in 2020, according to Deloitte. Massachusetts is home to hundreds of digital health companies, including startups.”
In the Administration: The frantic pace of work will not slow down with President Trump’s first major foreign trip: it’s long and covers a lot of territory (Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium – Axios has a good breakdown of the agenda and who is joining).
While the president is away: OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday will send the administration’s detailed budget proposal to the Hill. What to watch:
- How big of a stamp did Jared and Ivanka have on the budget? (e.g. paid family leave courtesy of Ivanka);
- How does the Hill react?;
- How much does the administration address mandatory programs?
The New York Times’ Alan Rappeport has a good preview of the Defense components.
Also this week:
- Monday: Betsy DeVos is expected to roll out her school choice policy in a speech in Indianapolis;
- Wednesday: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will give keynote remarks at an energy & environment symposium hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels;
- Thursday: Vice President Pence’s chief economist Mark Calabria will give keynote remarks at a Bipartisan Policy Center event on the Trump administration’s financial regulation agenda.
On the Hill: Congress (and the markets) are worried about the legislative agenda. The House this past week held its first hearing on tax reform and the Senate continues to explore paths forward on health care (CBO score for House bill is expected Wednesday). Complicating the health care conversation are President Trump’s recent statements expressing his desire to end Obamacare cost sharing reduction subsidy payments, which would put another strain on insurance companies.
- Monday: House Rules Committee meeting on the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act; U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of Terry Branstad to serve as the ambassador to China;
- Tuesday: House Ways & Means Subcommittee hearing on competitiveness and tax reform; former CIA director John Brennan testifies in open and closed sessions before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia investigation; House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus AND Disrupter Series hearing on Delivering to Consumers; Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on border security and immigration; House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing on oversight of the FBI’s independence; Pete G. Peterson Foundation’s 2017 Fiscal Summit (speakers include Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Mark Warner, and others);
- Wednesday: House Budget Committee hearing on the president’s budget with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney; House Ways & Means Committee hearing on the president’s budget with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; House Appropriations Subcommittee hearings on the president’s budget with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC; CBO will release its analysis of the American Health Care Act, which the House has not yet sent to the Senate;
- Thursday: Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee and Mnuchin testifies before theSenate Finance Committee; House Appropriations Subcommittee hearings on the president’s budget withAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; Joint Ways & Means and House Oversight Committee hearing on Examining Efforts to Limit the Use of Social Security Numbers; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing for Deputy Energy Secretary-designate Dan Brouillette and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson; special congressional election in Montana to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
In the Media: TV Newser shares a new Harvard study that shows media coverage of President Trump’s administration has been overwhelmingly negative. Not surprisingly, the report also confirms we’re seeing a lot more coverage of the White House than in recent administrations. “President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs analyzed, with Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents.”