Congressional Climate March 28, 2017

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Video of the Day
President Trump Signs House Joint Resolution 37, 44, 57 and 58

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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 Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro (Treaty Doc. 114-12) which would allow the admission of Montenegro into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Treaty Doc 114-12 – Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, which was opened for signature at Brussels on May 19, 2016, and signed that day on behalf of the United States of America.
Committee Hearings
9:30 a.m.: Financial Companies Fostering Economic Growth
10:00 a.m.: Foreign Sources of Minerals Dependence
10:00 a.m.: Protecting Young Athletes From Sexual Abuse
10:30 a.m.: U.S. Policy on Iran
2:00 p.m.: Pending Legislation
2:15 p.m.: Electric Grid Threats
2:15 p.m.: Intelligence Matters
2:30 p.m.: DOD Worldwide Policy/Defense Supplemental Budget
2:30 p.m.: Biennial Committee Activity Report
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a measure (S J Res 34) that would disapprove of the FCC’s broadband privacy rule.
S J Res 34 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”.
Committee Hearings
10:00 a.m.: Corporation for Public Broadcasting Budget
10:00 a.m.: Endangered Species Act
10:00 a.m.: Farm Bill – Commodity Policy
10:00 a.m.: Corporation for National and Community Service Review
10:00 a.m.: DHS Secure Federal Networks Efforts
10:00 a.m.: Brownfields Program Community Revitalization
10:00 a.m.: Self Driving Cars
10:00 a.m.: Assessing Russian Activities in Europe
10:00 a.m.: Non-Bank SIFI Designation Process
10:00 a.m.: U.S. Foreign Assistance Budget
10:00 a.m.: Pending Business
10:15 a.m.: Medical Device User Fee Program
10:30 a.m.: Restoring Enforcement of Immigration Laws
10:45 a.m.: U.S. Central Command
11:30 a.m.: Smithsonian Institution Priorities
11:30 a.m.: Committee Franked Mail Resolution
2:00 p.m.: Farm Bill – SNAP Policy
2:00 p.m.: Human Rights in Venezuela
2:00 p.m.: State of Bank Lending in America
2:30 p.m.: East Africa Famine
3:00 p.m.: Forensic Science
3:00 p.m.: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act
3:30 p.m.: Naval Strike Fighters
4:00 p.m.: Trump Tax Return Inquiry
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Wounded Ryan faces new battle
A wounded Paul Ryan is facing another potential crisis over the next month.
The Speaker, who saw his years-long effort to repeal ­ObamaCare collapse last week after a rebellion on the right, must come up with a plan to fund the federal government and avert a shutdown.

The Wisconsin Republican will face many of the same tricky intraparty dynamics as he tries to keep the government running. Funding expires in about a month, on April 28, but the House is taking a two-week recess in mid-April, leaving negotiators just a few legislative work weeks to reach a deal. The stakes are extremely high for the GOP.

A government shutdown, similar to the one orchestrated by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his House allies in 2013, would confirm what many Democrats and political pundits are already saying: Republicans, despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, simply can’t govern.
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White House to States: Shield the Undocumented and Lose Police Funding
The Trump administration, signaling its intent to toughen enforcement of immigration laws across the country, threatened on Monday to withhold or revoke law enforcement funding from states, cities and localities that block the police or sheriffs from telling federal authorities about undocumented immigrants in their custody.

In an announcement at the White House, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said state and local governments seeking certain law enforcement grants would have to certify that they were complying with a law that bars any official from withholding information from the Department of Homeland Security about a person’s immigration status.

Those that are violating the policy could see such grants clawed back, he said. Mr. Sessions’s appearance was an effort to threaten painful consequences for so-called sanctuary cities, those that decline to cooperate with the federal government in efforts to track and deport undocumented immigrants.
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In the House, Leaders of Russia Inquiry are Split on Whether It’s Needed
President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord.

Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term. The changes stem from Trump’s desire to advance the U.S. economy and domestic production of energy from fossil fuels as well as nuclear and renewable sources, while still protecting the air and water, a senior White House official told reporters Monday.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told Fox and Friends Tuesday that Trump was “coming to the EPA to set a new course” that is “pro growth, pro jobs and pro environment.” Trump, who once called climate change a hoax, has vowed to reorient the federal government so that U.S. oil and coal producers thrive, while manufacturers aren’t burdened by “job-killing” restrictions.
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