Congressional Climate July 25th, 2017

Video of the Day
President Trump Gives a Statement on Healthcare

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at noon. The Senate may vote on a motion to proceed to the House-passed health care overhaul (HR 1628), which is the expected legislative vehicle for a Senate health care overhaul.
Committee Hearings
08:30am: Commodities-Credit-Crop Insurance Risk Management
10:00am: Developing Clean Energy Technologies
10:00am: Oceans and Great Lakes Marine Debris
10:00am: Pending Nominations
11:00am: Transportation-HUD Appropriations
02:30pm: Achieving a 355 Ship Navy
02:30pm: North Korea Engagement Policy
02:30pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a resolution (HJRes 111) that would disapprove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule relating to arbitration agreements.
Committee Hearings
10:00am: Interstate Commerce Regulation
10:00am: American Samoa Medical Center
10:00am: Coast Guard Sea-Land-Air Capabilities
10:00am: FCC Oversight/Reauthorization
10:00am: Authorization for the Use of Military Force/Terrorist Threats
10:00am: Federal Biofuels Research and Market Innovation
10:00am: IRS Record Retention Policies
10:00am: Sue and Settle Agreements
10:00am: Border Security Technology
10:00am: Pending Buisness
10:30am: PTSD Claims
02:00pm: Equipment/Uniform Procurement in Iraq and Afghanistan
02:00pm: Europe and Eurasia Budget
02:00pm: Air Cargo Security
02:00pm: Defense Appropriations
03:00pm: Iran’s Hostages
04:00pm: Pending Legislation
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McConnell to pin down colleagues on healthcare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to be blundering into a healthcare vote this week, despite not having a deal on a Senate healthcare bill.

Public struggles aside, McConnell actually does have a plan: pin down fellow Republican senators on their seven-year-old promise to repeal ObamaCare.

McConnell told activists from Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks and Americans for Limited Government during a Monday meeting at the Capitol that a key procedural vote will happen Tuesday afternoon.

The motion to proceed needs the backing of 50 senators to pass – assuming Vice President Pence breaks a tie – and it will be close.
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McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer, giving the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare a boost of momentum.

“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” McCain’s office said on Monday evening.

McCain was absent last week after having surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, which then revealed his cancer.

McCain’s vote could be crucial to the GOP effort to start the debate on healthcare, and GOP leadership has been eager for him to return.

“I’d personally volunteer to rent an RV and road trip,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) quipped earlier Monday to reporters, when asked if the Arizona Republican would be able to come back this week.
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Business groups push for quick action on taxes
The business community is trying to light a fire under lawmakers and push them to pass tax reform legislation as soon as possible.

The increasing pressure comes as advocates fear that the gridlock that has stalled other GOP priorities could snare tax reform as well.

“I think they are anxious,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director. “I think they would like to see some tangible progress.”

Optimism for tax reform soared after the presidential election, with business groups expecting a unified Republican government to move quickly on rewriting the tax code.
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