Congressional Climate July 24th, 2017

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President Trump Visits with Survivors from the USS Arizona

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 4 p.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior. The Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Committee Hearings
None.
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: CFPB Arbitration Agreements Disapproval/Defense Appropriations
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Recess looms over Congress’ busy week: Health care, Russia investigations
While many Americans across the country enjoy the traditional summer respite, there’s no slowing down for members of Congress who face another packed week of hearings, meetings, votes and negotiations.

Even with the additional two weeks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added to the schedule, delaying the start of his chamber’s recess, the Senate and the House have their share of several hot button issues — including health care, Russia, the border wall and sanctions — to address in the coming days.

Health care state of play: This is the week senators vote (or not)

The House is expected to wrap up work by Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leaders have said they will only call members back into town if the Senate is able to pass a health care bill and the House needs to take it up. They have vowed to give 72 hours’ notice in the event they schedule votes over the recess.
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Kushner’s statement on Russia: What you need to know
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner released a statement Monday morning to the Hill intelligence committees about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition.

Kushner denied any collusion with the Russian government, which was engaged throughout 2016 in a campaign of its own to interfere in the election and help Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The 11-page statement from Kushner is his first public accounting of his interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign.
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Former GOP lawmaker warns senators: Don’t vote for ‘mystery’ healthcare bill

A former GOP senator is urging Republicans to “resist the bullying” and not support a vote on a “mystery” healthcare bill.

When the president wants you to vote for a bill that could “radically change health care,” you ask questions and hold hearings, former Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.) wrote in a piece published Monday in USA Today.

“You understand what it would mean to your constituents,” he added. “You listen to those who know the system. And when it doesn’t add up, you vote against it.”

Durenberger cited his own experience in 1979, when he said President Carter wanted “to use Medicare and Medicaid to limit increases in hospital budgets in the face of rapidly inflating costs.”

“Ultimately, I decided to vote against it as it would end up hurting the people of my state and was inconsistent with my beliefs,” he wrote.
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