Congressional Climate August 1st, 2017

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom to be judge for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.
Committee Hearings
10:00am: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Reauthorization
10:00am: EPA Superfund Reform
10:00am: Increasing Access to Affordable Housing
11:00am: King Nomination
02:30pm: Pending Nominations
House Floor Schedule
The House meets in a pro forma session.
Committee Hearings
None.
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Dejected Republicans on Obamacare repeal: Barring a miracle, ‘it’s over’
Senate Republicans returned to Capitol Hill on Monday evening after still smarting from the dramatic collapse of their Obamacare repeal bill last week.

Many were in agreement: It’s simply time to move on.

“If the question is should we stay on health care until we get it done, I think it’s time to move on to something else,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said as he walked into a leadership meeting. “Come back to health care when we have more time to get beyond the moment we are in. See if we can put some wins on the board.”

Sen. John Thune, the third-ranking GOP leader, said that “until someone shows us how to get that elusive 50th vote, I think it’s over.”

Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, whose panel oversees both health care and tax policy, said he was ready to tackle taxes.
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New White House Chief of Staff Kelly flexes muscle on first day; Scaramucci fired
President Trump fired communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Monday at the urging of new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, a clear sign that the retired Marine general is being empowered to manage what has been an unwieldy West Wing operation.

Kelly demanded Scaramucci’s departure after he attacked former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in a profanity-laced interview last week that quickly became a public symbol of the vicious infighting that has helped define the first months of the administration.

Trump’s willingness to dismiss Scaramucci – whom he hired just 10 days ago – was viewed by many in the West Wing as an indication that he is eager to impose order and is giving Kelly the tools to do so.
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The GOP’s ‘tremendous powers of denial’: Breaking down Sen. Jeff Flake’s case against Trump
Pretty much since the day President Trump rode down that escalator and compared Mexican immigrants to “criminals, drug dealers and rapists,” liberals have been asking some form of this: When will the Republican Party put country over party and ditch Trump?

Well, liberals, here’s one Republican who seems ready to agree with you that, at the very least, Trump is not a normal president deserving of normal treatment from his own party. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) published an op-ed in Politico Magazine on Monday evening arguing the Republican Party both created and is responsible for stopping Trump.

“To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties,” he writes, “and tremendous powers of denial.”

Okay, tell us how you really feel, senator.
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