Congressional Climate February 28, 2017

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President Trump Leads a Listening Session with Health Insurance Company CEOs


Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at noon and is expected to resume consideration of the nomination
of Wilbur L. Ross Jr. to be Commerce secretary. At 3 p.m., Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.,
is expected to deliver George Washington’s farewell address. Votes are expected
at 7 p.m. on the Ross nomination and on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination
of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be Interior secretary.
Committee Hearings
10:00 a.m.: Iraq After Mosul

10:00 a.m.: Juvenile Justice System

2:00 p.m. Disabled American Veterans

2:00 p.m.: Coats Nomination

4:0 p.m.: Intelligence Matters

House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider
a bill (HR 998) that would establish a commission to review existing regulations
for repeal. At 8:35 p.m., the House and Senate will hold a joint session to receive
President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
HR 998 – Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are
Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act
Committee Hearings
10:00 a.m.: Farm Administration Oversight
10:00 a.m.: Strengthening Career and Technical Education
10:00 a.m.: Farm Bill
10:00 a.m.: Social Cost of Carbon
10:00 a.m.: The Future of Counterterrorism
10:00 a.m.: Budget Views and Estimates
10:00 a.m.: Pending Business
10:15 a.m.: International Anti-Doping System
10:15 a.m.: Health Care Legislation/Trump’s Financial Documents Inquiry
10:30 a.m.: Member’s Day
10:30 a.m.: Member’s Day
2:00 p.m.: Disabled American Veterans
2:00 p.m.: Farm Bill-International Market Development
2:00 p.m.: China’s Maritime Push
2:00 p.m.: Western Hemisphere’s Issues/Opportunities
2:00 p.m.: The Future of FEMA
2:00 p.m.: Federal Regulation Reform Legislation
3:30 p.m.: USCENTOM Intelligence Products IG Report

Trump moves toward repealing Obama EPA water rule
President Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday
to formally review former President Barack Obama‘s Clean
Water Rule, kicking off the process of eliminating or significantly changing the

The executive order is the first step toward fulfilling one of Trump’s key campaign
promises, repealing a regulation that’s been a top target for Republicans and numerous
business interests.

It is also the first regulatory action he has taken specific to the EPA, with more
actions likely to come to roll back Obama’s aggressive environmental agenda.
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GOP Obamacare Plan Suffers Blow With Rejection by Key Republican
The leader of the largest group of House conservatives said Monday he couldn’t support
the party’s existing Obamacare replacement strategy.
Representative Mark Walker, who chairs the 170-member Republican Study Committee,
also said he won’t recommend his colleagues do so, either.

“There are serious problems with what appears to be our current path to repeal and
replace Obamacare,” Walker said in a statement, warning that the emerging GOP plan
would appear to create a new, expensive entitlement program.

Walker’s announcement came a day before Donald Trump addresses a joint session of
Congress, and on the same day that the president promised to offer “something special”
on his health-care overhaul efforts.
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In the House, Leaders of Russia Inquiry are Split on Whether It’s Needed
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee gave sharply
conflicting views on Monday of their panel’s bipartisan investigation into Russian
efforts to influence the presidential election, raising questions about whether
they will be able to work together on the inquiry.

The committee’s chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California,
said that he had been briefed on the intelligence community’s assessment of the
Russians and contended that there was no evidence anyone from the Trump campaign
had communicated with the government in Moscow.

“We can’t have McCarthyism back in this place,” Mr. Nunes said at a news conference
on Capitol Hill, referring to the congressional investigations in the 1950s into
whether Americans were Communist spies. “We can’t have the government, the U.S.
government or the Congress, legislative branch of government, chasing down American
citizens, hauling them before the Congress as if there’s some secret Russian agent.”
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Until tomorrow,

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