Word on the Hill: How Would D.C. Fare in Trade War With Mexico?

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D.C. has the least amount of imports from Mexico as a percentage of total imports. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
D.C. has the least amount of imports from Mexico as a percentage of total imports. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted February 8, 2017 at 5:00am

Except for Alaska, the District of Columbia would be least affected by the economic fallout of a trade war with Mexico, a new study shows.

The most affected states would be Texas, Arizona, and Michigan, according to the WalletHub study. D.C. ranked 50th, just ahead of Alaska.

When looking at imports from Mexico as a percentage of total imports, D.C. ranked last.

The study comes as some experts are predicting a trade war between Mexico and the U.S. as President Donald Trump pushes to build a wall between the two countries.

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Lauren Zelt is returning to FP1 Strategies LLC as a senior vice president for communications. She was previously deputy communications director for former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Choice Hotels International announced Rolf T. Lundberg Jr. as its head of public policy.

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Need a midday nap? A recharj studio has opened in D.C., where people can take power-nap sessions as well as meditation classes. It’s located at 1445 New York Ave. NW. Washingtonians looking to just try it can do so for free their first week.

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— Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, when asked if Democrats would draw out the 30 hours of post-cloture debate for each of Trump’s remaining Cabinet nominees.

“The Democrats are clearly sore losers.”

— Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., referring to Democrats’ efforts to slow down Trump’s Cabinet nominee confirmations. 

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— Democrat Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., assessing the current Congress.

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Bridget Bowman and Rema Rahman contributed to this report.