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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday, obtained by Axios, asking the White House to explain the recent series of departures from various cybersecurity offices, as we reported earlier this week.

The state of play: "A White House data breach would give our adversaries an untold advantage in almost every foreign policy and national security matter," Lieu wrote.

Why it matters: The letter is the first known step from a member of Congress seeking answers from the White House on how they are protecting themselves from potential cyber and national security threats.

  • Lieu's letter also brings up concerns about how consolidation in cybersecurity offices "fits the President's history of obstructing and hiding transcripts and government business by manipulating internal bureaucratic procedures."

Read the letter.

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D.C. remains deadlocked on the next stimulus package, days after extended unemployment benefits ended and days before PPP is set to expire.

Where it stands: One unresolved issue that hasn't gotten enough attention is a proposed expansion of the employee retention credit, which could have a significant impact for companies that have experienced severe revenue declines.