Congressional Climate December 6, 2017

A ferocious wildfire threatens thousands of homes in Southern California

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

Committee Hearings
Aging
9:30am – SD-562

Environment and Public Works
10:00am – SD-406

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
10:00am – SD-342

Judiciary
10:00am – SH-216

Indian Affairs
2:30pm – SD-628

Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
2:30pm – SD-406

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
2:30pm – SD-419

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected 1:45pm-2:45pm. Last votes expected 4:15pm-5:15pm.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Research and Technology
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Space
2:00pm – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
2:00pm – 2200 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
2:00pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Rules
3:00pm – H-313 Capitol
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McConnell ‘almost certain’ GOP will pass tax reform

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that it’s “almost certain” Republicans will be able to pass a tax-reform plan, as lawmakers are gearing up for negotiations over the House and Senate bills.

“Well, almost certain. I mean, I can’t imagine having come this far we’re not going to finish the job,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

The Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday to go to conference on their tax legislation, after the House held a similar vote on Monday.

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Freedom Caucus and Ryan near truce to avoid Friday shutdown

House GOP leaders and conservatives, eager to avoid a “distraction” that might derail tax reform legislation, appear close to reaching a reluctant truce on an agreement to avoid a government shutdown on Friday.

House Freedom Caucus leaders, who have so far refused to back a two-week funding bill, emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning sounding open to the idea.

“I think the real focus for all of us is tax reform and getting tax reform done,” Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said exiting the meeting. “That was the crux of the conversation we had today: that we gotta get across the finish line on tax reform. Any distraction from that is a problem.”

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3.6 million people signed up for ObamaCare in one month

More than 3.6 million people have signed up for ObamaCare plans during the first month of open enrollment, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Trump administration.

In week five of open enrollment, which spanned from Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, 823,000 people signed up for plans, including 271,200 new customers.

That’s up from week four of enrollment, when 504,000 people signed up and week 3 when just under 800,000 people signed up.

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