Trumpolicy: Day 20

Sessions bids farewell to Senate after vote
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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump now has an attorney general following the Senate's confirmation Wednesday night of Jeff Sessions. The vote -- coming after a confirmation process in which Sessions fended off accusations of racism -- passed 52-47, largely along party lines.

ACTION PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK TODAY ...

Speaking before prominent law enforcement officials Wednesday morning, Trump once again lashed out at the judiciary, saying "even a bad high school student" would rule in his favor.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW ON DAY 20 ...

IMMIGRATION
  • The nation awaits a ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but it will not come Wednesday. Here's what happened at the hearing.
  • The Los Angeles Times has a profile of Sessions detailing the many challenges he'll immediately face as Trump's attorney general.
  • Trump gave an update on the wall, saying, "The wall is getting designed right now. Many people say Trump was only kidding with the wall. I wasn't kidding. I don't kid. I don't kid ... We will have a wall. It will be a great wall, and it will do a lot -- it will be a big help."
OBAMACARE
  • Get ready for another "R" word to describe the GOP's Obamacare replacement plans: "Reconciliation Plus."
  • Politico reported Republicans will take four of the plans out there and begin to come up with a unified plan at the end of February.
  • Buzzfeed reports that the pharmacy benefits managers lobbying group has issued a warning to its members that Trump is not "a conventional presidency" and is "rattling" health care industries.
  • Sen. Mike Lee attended a Heritage Foundation roundtable titled "Congress Must Repeal Obamacare Immediately," which again showed conservatives getting nervous about the timeline for repeal.
ECONOMY
  • Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of the company that makes Oreo -- one of Trump's targets on the campaign trail -- warned against a global rise in populism on her company's earnings call Tuesday evening.
TAXES/INFRASTRUCTURE -- House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster told Bloomberg he supported using repatriated money from corporations to help pay for Trump's infrastructure plan.
INFRASTRUCTURE
  • The Senate EPW Committee held a hearing on modernizing infrastructure. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said public-private partnerships, "do not work for rural areas."
  • The National Governor's association sent a list of 428 "shovel-ready" projects to the White House. The NGA is not making the final list public.
  • Bloomberg has a helpful guide explaining public-private partnerships, which Trump has proposed as part of his infrastructure plan.
  • According to Reuters, US airline and cargo carrier executives will meet with Trump on Thursday to discuss rebuilding America's aviation infrastructure.
ENVIRONMENT
  • In a column for the Wall Street Journal, establishment Republican luminaries James Baker and George Schultz proposed a "conservative answer to climate change," which is to enact a carbon tax.

LOOKING AHEAD ...

LATER THIS WEEK -- OBAMACARE -- Sen. John Cornyn said Monday that the Senate would vote on Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Tom Price by the end of the week. However, Democrats have pledged to hold the floor on more cabinet votes, which may push Price to the weekend.
THURSDAY -- INFRASTRUCTURE -- Trump meets with airline CEOs and they are expected to discuss his infrastructure plans.
FRIDAY -- TRADE -- Trade, jobs and infrastructure will all be on the table as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the White House.