Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department is "very close to releasing a detailed plan" on tax reform at a senate budget hearing Wednesday. Mnuchin fielded questions on cybersecurity and the debt ceiling.

  • On national security: Will the president sign the Russia sanctions bill? "I don't know the answer to that." The treasury department has "prioritized technology spending within the IRS" as a cybersecurity measure. Mnuchin also offered to discuss actions against Hezbollah's fiannces in a closed session.
  • On raising the debt ceiling: "We have funding through September, but I have urged Congress to take this up before they leave for recess."
  • On CDFIs: He said, "This was merely a function of us making difficult decisions across" on the administration's decision to eliminate funding for Community Development Financial Institutions, which invest government funds in distressed communities.

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Trump pushes back on changes to upcoming presidential debates

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President Trump suggested Thursday that he'll resist any moves that could cut off candidates' microphones in the next debate if he continues to talk over his opponent and the moderator.

  • "Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?" he tweeted.

The big picture: White House and campaign officials insist Trump is still committed to two remaining debates, despite fallout from Tuesday including poor reviews and discussions of new guardrails.