Congressional Climate July 20th, 2017

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush to be U.S. circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit. The Senate will vote at 12:15 p.m. on confirmation of the nomination. At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Wray/Pending Nominations
09:30am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: Housing Finance Access for Small Lenders
10:00am: FirstNet Emergency Response Network
10:00am: Water Infrastructure Financing and Funding
10:00am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: Kautter Nomination
10:30am: Energy-Water Development/Agriculture Appropriations
12:15pm: Pending Nominations
02:00pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a measure under suspension of the rules and a bill (HR 218) that would require the Interior Department to transfer land to the state of Alaska in order to build a road connecting the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay.
Committee Hearings
09:00am: Future of Hardrock Mining
09:30am: Monetary and Fiscal Policy
10:00am: Gangs in Our Communities
10:00am: Bipartisan Medicare Improvement
10:00am: Rural Telehealth Services
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John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said Wednesday.

The tumor was discovered after the senior Arizona senator underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the hospital said in a statement.“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”

McCain’s latest diagnosis is not his first battle with cancer. He underwent a procedure in 2000 to remove a type of skin cancer called melanoma from the left side of his face.
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GOP reverses course on healthcare
Senate Republican leaders are desperately searching for the 50 votes they need to open a debate on ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation after a Wednesday scolding at the White House from President Trump.

Leaders have reopened negotiations on their previous bill, reversing course from their plans to move to a vote on a straight repeal of ObamaCare.

But it’s not clear if they will have any more luck this time in corralling enough centrist and conservative Republicans to move the bill forward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) needs to win 50 votes to proceed and has faced opposition from conservatives, who believe the previous bill kept too much of ObamaCare, and centrists, who think it would leave too many people without affordable insurance.

GOP leaders haven’t closed the door on bringing a straight repeal of ObamaCare, with a two-year delay, to the floor.
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House committee advances budget resolution
The House Budget Committee on Wednesday approved the 2018 fiscal year budget resolution that would increase military spending, produce billions in cuts to mandatory spending and open the door for a Republican tax reform plan.

“With the election of President Trump, our budget goes from being a vision document to being a governing document that outlines how we build a better America for our children and grandchildren,” said committee Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who praised the accompanying plan to balance the budget in a decade and reduce the national debt.

The resolution passed along party lines with the 22 Republicans supporting and the 14 Democrats opposed after a grueling, twelve-hour markup. It allocated $621.5 billion for defense spending, $511 for non-defense discretionary spending and mandated $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts over the course of a decade.
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