Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 23 at 8:40 a.m. EDT

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Posted: Mar 23, 2017 8:44 AM

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

HEALTHCARE

Trump may face his first major legislative hurdle on Thursday: a do-or-die vote in the House of Representatives on a plan to roll back the signature healthcare law of former President Barack Obama.

Uncertainty about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some hospitals to delay expansion, cut costs or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns where they are located.

IMMIGRATION

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is directing U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and to toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

SUPREME COURT

The grueling U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch finishes on Thursday with the focus on whether he will gain the support of vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018.

MIDDLE EAST

Two months after stepping down as Barack Obama's ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro sees some good in the initial peace efforts by the new Trump administration, even as he voices his grievances against it.

ENERGY

The White House says Trump's plan to slash environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom but top U.S. oil and gas companies are telling shareholders that regulations have little impact on their business.

ADMINISTRATION

Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney chosen by Trump to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will face questions on his vision for the agency at his confirmation hearing on Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.

(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Bernadette Baum)