Congressional Climate August 14th, 2017

Video of the Day
Briefing on Workforce Development

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate is not in session.
Committee Hearings
None.
House Floor Schedule
The House is not in session.
Committee Hearings
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Trumps Democratic tax Dilemma

President Trump and GOP leaders in Congress could face a challenge in winning support from Senate Democrats for a tax cut package this fall.

On paper, taxes looks like the kind of issue that could be perfect for dividing and conquering Democrats – who are a little more than a year away from an election in which they will be defending three times as many Senate seats as the GOP, many of them in red states.

Tax cuts are historically popular, and Democrats backed former President George W. Bush’s tax-cut package in 2001.
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Trump moves to pressure China on trade practices.

President Trump will sign an executive memorandum on Monday authorizing the U.S. trade representative to determine whether to investigate China’s intellectual property and trade practices, according to senior administration officials.

While administration officials said Saturday that it’s too early to discuss specific actions against China, such an investigation could eventually pave the way for Trump to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump is expected to return to Washington from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Monday to sign the memo.
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How the Trump administration is spending millions to shore up Obamacare
President Donald Trump has threatened to blow up Obamacare. But his own administration is separately dangling hundreds of millions of dollars before states to bail out their insurance markets.

Alaska will get $323 million over the next five years to coax its lone Obamacare insurer to remain in the market and hold down premiums. At least four other states, including some that have vociferously opposed the Affordable Care Act, are seeking similar deals.

The efforts come as the GOP push to repeal and replace the law is in disarray and state officials in both red and blue states seek ways to shore up their shaky markets. They have the blessing of the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services – even as the president himself is threatening to cut off key subsidies as early as this week. That move could send premiums skyrocketing and potentially collapse insurance markets nationwide.

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