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Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump on Capitol to discuss immigration with House Republicans. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump huddled with House Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening ahead of expected House votes on two immigration bills this week.

The big picture: This is a crucial week for both the president and Republicans amid growing backlash over the administration's widely condemned policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when apprehended at the border. Meanwhile, Trump signaled he supports both bills — leaving it unclear which piece of legislation has the upper hand.

What we know:

  • House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) described the meeting as "excellent." and said that Trump fully embraced the conservative bill that he and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) are pushing. "The president is a thousand percent behind it," he repeated multiple times, per a White House pool report.
  • As for the family separation issue, "They will not be separated if the bill passes," said McCaul. "He said this is an opportunity for us to be compassionate" while ensuring security.
  • Meanwhile, the more moderate compromise bill from the House includes a provision that directly addresses the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
  • White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement following the meeting that Trump has "endorsed" both measures.

Be smart: Despite several lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) putting forth separate bills aimed at ending the separation policy, the White House has maintained that the president wants full, comprehensive, immigration reform.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.