Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 22 at 10:45 A.M. EDT

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 9:00 AM

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:


The United States will increase pressure on Islamic State and al Qaeda and work to set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says at a gather of the nations involved in the fight.


House Republicans face the wrath of a vengeful president if they vote against the bill to take down Obamacare, but if they vote for it, they risk retribution from the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and other right-wing donors who can be pivotal in next year's re-election races.


Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, after two smooth days at his confirmation hearing, will cruise into Wednesday's session with any questions about his prospects probably shifting from the Judiciary Committee to the full Senate.


R. Alexander Acosta, Trump's second choice to head the Labor Department, goes before a Senate panel for an initial hearing on how he would lead it.


Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland that helped elect Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit more than $3 billion in U.S. exports.


Bank lobbyists who opened the Trump era with great expectations for sweeping regulatory reform are privately striking an increasingly dismal tone as hopes dim for a quick and thorough rewrite of Dodd-Frank legislation.

(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by W Simon and Lisa Von Ahn)