Congressional Climate March 1, 2017

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Video of the Day
President Trump Signs the WOTUS Executive Order

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be Interior secretary, with a confirmation vote expected at approximately 10:30 a.m. The vote on the Zinke nomination is expected to be followed by up to 10 minutes of debate prior to a cloture vote on the nomination of Benjamin S. Carson Sr. to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Committee Hearings
10:00 a.m.: The American Legion
10:00 a.m.: Boarder Insecurity/Lax Immigration Enforcement
10:00 a.m.: Rural Infrastructure Access Issues
10:15 a.m.: Global Counterterrorism
10:30 a.m.: Flood Control Infrastructure
10:30 a.m.: Verma Nominatoin
10:30 a.m.: Committee Rules
10:45 a.m.: Pending Business
2:00 p.m.: Veterans of Foreign Wars
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to completed consideration of a bill (HR 998) that would establish a commission to review existing regulations for repeal. The chamber will also consider a resolution (H J Res 83) that would disapprove of the OSHA rule that clarifies that OSHA is authorized to issue citations for the five-year record retention period to employers who do not record workplace injury or illness and a bill (HR 1009) that would require major rulemaking actions to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
H J Res 83 – A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness”.
HR 1009 – OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act
HR 998 – Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act
Committee Hearings
9:30 a.m.: Member’s Day
10:00 a.m.: Member’s Day
10:00 a.m.: The American Legion
10:00 a.m.: Modernizing Western Water/Power Infrastructure
10:00 a.m.: Cyber Warfare Threats-Challenges-Opportunities
10:00 a.m.: Health Care Coverage Legislation
10:00 a.m.: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review
10:00 a.m.: NIST Cybersecurity Framework
10:00 a.m.: Budget Views and Estimates
10:00 a.m.: Infrastructure Development Environmental Barriers
11:00 a.m.: State of American Airports
11:00 a.m.: Budget Views and Estimates
2:00 p.m.: Veterans of Foreign Wars
2:00 p.m.: VA Path to Reform
3:30 p.m.: U.S. Ground Forces in Eastern Europe
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Softer Trump storms the Capitol
A disciplined President Trump stormed Capitol Hill late Tuesday bearing a few olive branches for Democrats, some red meat for conservatives and a softer tone that surprised members in both parties.
Republicans cheered the president both for his policy vision and an unusually restrained delivery — one they hope marks a turning point in a presidency plagued by early missteps.

Democrats, meanwhile, welcomed Trump’s calls for unity and vows to bolster civil rights, hike infrastructure spending and prioritize education. But some Republicans remain wary of the president’s approach to deficit spending. And many Democrats are already warning that Trump’s bipartisan outreach contradicts both the combative tenor of his first weeks and the steep spending cuts he’s eyeing in his budget.
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Trump’s Trade Retreat Could Hurt Push for Labor Rights Abroad
President Trump, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, defended his tumultuous presidency on Tuesday and said he was eager to reach across party lines and put aside “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans.He called on Congress to work with him on overhauling health care, changing the tax code and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and military.

But he raised new questions about his policy priorities and how he plans to achieve them, especially on immigration. Only hours before his address, Mr. Trump had broken from his tough immigration stance in remarks at the White House, suggesting that legal status be granted to millions of undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. Many of Mr. Trump’s core supporters had denounced that approach as “amnesty” during the campaign.
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Trump Backs Health Tax Credits That Have Split Republicans
During his first major address to Congress Tuesday, President Donald Trump backed a proposal that has split the Republican party: giving Americans tax credits to buy coverage.
Trump’s health-care remarks, midway through the hour-long speech, offered few new policy details but embraced a plan put forward by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

A divided Republican party, along with investors on Wall Street, had been looking for a clear explanation of his intentions for repealing and replacing Obamacare. “President Trump demonstrated that he and the House are coalescing around a replacement plan, including a tax credit to help individuals buy a health plan that fits their needs,” Ryan said in a statement after the speech.

The tax credits Ryan has proposed to help people buy coverage have drawn opposition from conservatives, who worry they would be a new entitlement.
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