On Tuesday, September 19, the Senate confirmed Noel Francisco to be the next solicitor general by a vote of 50-47. In this role, Francisco will be tasked with representing the government before the Supreme Court, and will be expected to defend some of President Trump’s more controversial actions.   
 
On September 15, President Trump announced that he will nominate Irvin Steven “Steve” Goldstein to be under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the Department of State
 
On Monday, the Senate passed a massive $700 billion defense bill for the fiscal year. Senators voted 89-8 to approve the measure known as the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes support for Pentagon programs and combat options.
 

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