Congressional Climate March 14, 2017

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Video of the Day
President Trump Meets With His Cabinet

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and is expected to resume consideration of a joint resolution (H J Res 42) that would disapprove and nullify a Labor Department rule that limits the occupations for which states can require drug tests for individuals applying for unemployment benefits. Roll call votes, including a vote on passage of the joint resolution, are expected.
H J Res 42 – A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
Committee Hearings
10:00 a.m.: National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization
10:00 a.m.: Improving Energy Infrastructure
10:00 a.m.: Marines United Webcast/Social Media Misconduct
1:30 p.m.: Intelligence Matters
2:00 p.m.: Lighthizer Nomination
2:30 p.m.: Improving Truck Safety
2:30 p.m.: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
No votes are expected because of the approaching storm.
Committee Hearings
5:00 p.m.: VA Reform Legislation
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GOP Obamacare Plan Takes Hit With CBO’s Dire Estimates
A new estimate showing that 14 million Americans could lose health coverage by next year under the GOP Obamacare proposal leaves House Republicans in a bind with its dire picture of the bill’s effects heading into the 2018 congressional elections.

Even as the Trump administration challenged the estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, several Senate Republicans said the new analysis suggested that the party may need to rethink its plan.

Republicans “ought to slow down and get this right,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina told reporters Monday night.
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Trump administration wants more time to give Intel committee wiretapping proof
President Trump’s administration has asked for more time to comply with a House Intelligence Committee request for evidence substantiating Trump’s claims of wiretapping.
The Monday evening request came hours before the committee-set midnight deadline.

“This afternoon, the Department of Justice placed calls to representatives of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to ask for additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist,” the DOJ letter read.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) office confirmed the request in a statement, and said the delay could force the committee to “resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered.”

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Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured but Save $337 Billion, Report Says
The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insuranceby 24 million by 2026, while slicing $337 billion off federal budgetdeficits over that time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Officesaid Monday.

Republicans had been bracing for what was almost certain to be a bleak accounting of the legislation’s projected effects. The American Health Care Act, as Republicans call their bill, was already facing widespread criticism from health care providers, some conservatives and a united Democratic Party. The much-anticipated judgment by Capitol Hill’s official scorekeeper did not back up President Trump’s promise of providing health care for everyone and was likely to fuel the concerns of moderate Republicans.

Next year, it said, the number of uninsured Americans would be 14 million higher than expected under current law.

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