Congressional Climate July 11th, 2017

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7/7/17: Weekly Address

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 2:15 p.m. and will resume consideration of nomination of David C. Nye to be U.S. district judge for the District of Idaho.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Spencer Nomination
10:00am: Grady/Kerner Nominations
10:00am: Glawe/Pekoske Nominations
10:00am: Bohigian/Murray Nominations
02:15pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Pending Legislation
02:30pm: Concurrent Congressional-Criminal Investigations
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Committee Hearings
05:00pm: House Rules
07:00pm: Transportation-HUD Appropriations
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Senate GOP tries healthcare do-over
Senate Republican leaders are moving forward this week on legislation to repeal and replace major parts of ObamaCare despite divisions within their conference.

Leaders will brief rank-and-file Republican senators Tuesday during their weekly lunch on the revisions they have made to the legislation in an effort to bridge the gap between moderates and conservatives.
They expect to make the revised bill public later in the week and get a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before bringing it to the floor for a vote.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) on Monday said the legislation would likely be unveiled by the end of this week, setting up a vote for next week.

“I’m for getting our work done now. I don’t think stringing it out any longer than next week helps us with the product,” he told reporters. “My personal goal is to have it up on the floor ready to vote, have the vote-a-rama, next week.”
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Trump Jr. Drawn to Russia Meeting on Promise of Clinton Information
Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer acknowledged Monday night his client received an email last year offering a meeting with someone who had potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton, hours after a report that the younger Trump had been told it was part of a Russian effort to help his father’s campaign.

The entreaty to President Donald Trump’s eldest son came via email from Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and marketing executive linked to Trump through the Miss Universe Pageant. He suggested the information concerned Clinton’s dealings with Russia, according to Alan Futerfas, an attorney for the younger Trump.

The New York Times reported earlier Monday that Goldstone told Donald Trump Jr. in the email the information was coming from a Russian lawyer as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s White House bid. The newspaper cited three people familiar with the content of the email.
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Six GOP senators: Shorten or cancel August recess
Six GOP senators are calling for lawmakers to continue working through their August recess unless progress has been made in key areas.

The Republican senators – David Perdue (Ga.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Luther Strange (Ala.) – said meaningful progress must be made on healthcare, passing a budget, funding the government, dealing with the debt ceiling and tax reform.

The six senators will hold a press conference to air their concerns. The high-profile move comes after ten Republican senators last month sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urging party leadership to nix the August recess.

The letter warned the current congressional schedule doesn’t give them enough time to work on legislation. They called for McConnell to cancel, or at least curtail, the recess.
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