President Obama kicked off his week by traveling to the West Coast. He visited California for a variety of fundraising events including a House Majority PAC fundraiser in San Francisco and a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in Los Angeles.
The crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine has been the subject of international concern. Bodies from the doomed flight finally started arriving in the Netherlands, with over 100 coffins now at a military base in the country that lost the most people in the disaster.
On Capitol Hill this week, the Senate Committee of Veterans' Affairs confirmed the White House's pick to lead the embattled Veterans Affairs Department, Robert McDonald. A date for the full Senate vote has yet to be scheduled.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, the House Rules Committee on Thursday approved a resolution authorizing House Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit against President Obama for his use of executive action. The final vote approving the lawsuit will likely happen next week before Congress heads out of town for their five-week summer recess.