Congressional Climate February 23rd, 2017

Video of the Day
President Trump Discusses the Federal Budget Over Lunch

 

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:00 a.m.: The Senate meets in a pro forma session.
Committee Hearings
3:00 p.m.: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Full Committee Field Hearing
House Floor Schedule
No votes expected.
Committee Hearings
None
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Immigration hard-liners hold fire on ‘dreamers’ program
Immigration hard-liners are holding their fire against President Trump’s decision
to keep an Obama administration program allowing young “dreamers” who entered the
country illegally to remain.

Trump is generally clamping down on immigration enforcement, implementing policies
that could cause a dramatic wave in deportations.

But he has explicitly avoided canceling President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed about 750,000 young people brought to
the United States illegally as children to get permission to stay and work in this
country.
The decision was a disappointment to groups who hoped to end the program.
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Inside Ivanka Trump’s Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan

Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for
child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade
she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president’s eldest daughter in the
Roosevelt Room at the White House last week to discuss her proposed child care tax
benefit, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. President Donald Trump
said earlier this month that he would soon propose a comprehensive tax overhaul,
without offering any details.

Ivanka Trump’s involvement in tax negotiations between the White House and congressional
Republicans is a signal of her influence with her father despite having no formal
role in his administration. Dina Powell, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive
who is an economic adviser to the president, is helping Trump to ensure a tax overhaul
includes both the child care benefit and a requirement that employers provide paid
maternity leave, policies that she pressed her father to embrace on the campaign
trail last year.
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Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate
Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care
Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could
zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom
have resisted a wholesale repeal of the health law without a robust replacement
plan.

But after weeks of loud protests, boisterous town hall meetings and scores of quieter
meetings with health care professionals, patients, caregivers and hospital managers
in their districts, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House
may be just as hard to reach.

The most conservative House members are pushing for a fast repeal of the health
law with only a bare-bones replacement to follow, possibly just bigger incentives
for people to open health savings accounts to fund their
own health needs. Other Republicans are more interested in taking their time to
come up with a replacement plan that, as of now, they have failed to cobble together
beyond a menu of options.
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Until tomorrow,
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