Congressional Climate June 8th, 2017

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6/6/17 White House Press Briefing

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to a bill (S 722) that would impose certain sanctions on Iran.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Pending Business
09:45am: HHS Budget
10:00am: Russian Election Interference
10:00am: Commerce Budget
10:00am: Fostering Community Economic Growth
10:00am: Emerging Energy Technologies Cost Reductions
10:00am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: ISIS Global Reach
01:00pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 10) that would significantly modify regulation of the financial industry, including by rolling back portions of 2010 Dodd-Frank law, and by allowing banks if they hold a sufficient level of capital to be exempt from many of the law’s requirements.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Interior Budget
09:30am: FAA Authorization
10:00am: CFTC Budget
10:00am: SNAP Technology and Modernization
10:00am: Water Infrastructure and Predation Bills
10:00am: NASA Budget
10:00am: Library of Congress IT Management
10:00am: Attacking Hezbollah’s Financial Network
10:00am: VA and Academic Affiliates
10:00am: Virtual Currency
10:00am: Improving Consumer Financial Options
10:00am: Justice Grant Programs Oversight
10:15am: HHS Health Care Cybersecurity
10:30am: HUD Budget
01:00pm: HHS Budget
01:00pm: DOJ Civil-Tax-Environment Divisions/Trustee Program Oversight
01:30pm: Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act
02:00pm: NASA Budget
02:00pm: Forest Management Bureaucratic Roadblocks
02:00pm: GI Bill Processing
02:00pm: U.S. Secret Service Reform
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What to watch for in Comey’s testimony
Former FBI Director James Comey will make his first public appearance since being fired by President Trump on Thursday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee raised the curtain on the hearing by publishing Comey’s opening statement on Wednesday afternoon, detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing at the height of the bureau’s investigation into Russian election interference.

Now that Comey’s opening statement is out, here are the major storylines to watch for during his testimony, inside the hearing room and out.

What questions will Comey face – and who will ask the tough ones?

Lawmakers are sure to fire a range of questions at Comey covering details of the Russia probe and the circumstances of his firing – including any pressure he felt in relation to investigations into Russia and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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How Trump will spend day while Comey testifies
Fired FBI Director James Comey is set to deliver his highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, and President Trump is sure to be watching closely.

Already, Comey’s written testimony to the panel, which was made public on Wednesday, has stirred controversy in Washington and confirmed weeks of news reports detailing a fraught relationship between the former top cop and the president.

Comey is expected to tell lawmakers on Thursday that, in private interactions, Trump demanded his loyalty, asked him to end his agency’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and repeatedly asked him to publicly announce that the president himself was not under investigation.

But Comey’s written testimony also lends credence to Trump’s assertion that the former FBI director did, in fact, tell him that he was not the subject of a counterintelligence investigation – an assertion that Trump has touted for months.
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Paul Ryan’s debt ceiling conundrum
Speaker Paul Ryan is in a serious debt ceiling quandary.

The House GOP conference – from Freedom Caucus hardliners to mainstream Republicans allied with leadership – are balking at the Trump administration’s request for a “clean” debt ceiling hike without spending cuts.

The disagreement puts Ryan in an awkward situation of having to choose between his conference’s desires and those of the White House. GOP insiders concede it could even force the Wisconsin Republican to, for the first time, violate the so-called Hastert rule, an unofficial GOP understanding that bills should be supported by a “majority of the majority.”

“180 Democrats and 35 of us in the Tuesday Group will carry the heavy burden,” predicted centrist Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a Trump ally who is one of just a handful of Republicans open to supporting a clean debt ceiling increase. “That’s what always happens, isn’t it?”
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