Congressional Climate May 23rd, 2017

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President Trump Gives Remarks at Yad Vashem

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of John J. Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State. The Senate will take a cloture vote on the nomination at 11 a.m. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.
Nominations: John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be deputy secretary of State.
Committee Hearings
09:30am: Worldwide Threats
10:00am: Pending Nominations
02:15pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Navy Readiness
02:30pm: Outer Space treaty/American Space Commerce and Settlement
02:30pm: Ozone Standards/Ambient Air Quality Standards
02:30pm: Southern Border Security
02:30pm: Military Cyber Posture
02:30pm: US Assistance for Central America
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber may also consider the floor rule for consideration of a bill (HR 953) that would prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
HR 1809: Juvenile Justice Reform Act
HR 1808: Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act
HR 2052: Protecting the Rights of IndiViduals Against Technological Exploitation (PRIVATE) Act
HR 467: A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes.
HR 1005: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans.
HR 1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act
HR 1329: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act
HR 2288:Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
HR 1545: VA Prescription Data Accountability Act
HR 1725: Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act
HR 1370: Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act
HR 2473: A bill to ensure compliance with the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, to make strides toward eradicating human trafficking, and for other purposes.
HR 348: A resolution providing for consideration of the bill (HR 953) to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes (official title to be confirmed).
Committee Hearings
10:00am: Russian Investigation
10:00am: EEOC Enforcement Policies
10:00am: Pending legislation
10:00am: Zika Public Health Response
10:00am: Boarder Adjustment/International Tax Modernization
10:00am: States Role in EPA Rule making
10:15am: Emerging E-Commerce Technologoes
11:00am: SBA Office of International Trade
02:00pm: Cobell Land Consolidation Program
02:00pm: Visa Overstays Border Security
03:00pm: IRS Oversight
03:00pm Child Exploitation/Sexual Abuse Protection
03:30pm: US Cyber Command Budget
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Trump seeks historic cuts to government
The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose the deepest cuts to government programs in a generation, delivering the opening salvo in a new round of budget battles in Washington.

The proposal, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” and set for release at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, sets out a 10-year plan to balance the budget.

It relies on a mix of cuts to anti-poverty programs, optimistic economic forecasting and deep cuts to nondefense discretionary funding to meet its targets. It would not touch Social Security and Medicare, which President Trump promised to leave alone during his campaign.

The budget would dramatically shift spending to the Pentagon from domestic programs.
In 2018, it would shift $54 billion from nondefense discretionary spending to defense by enacting major cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

It would eliminate or phase out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and theNational Endowment for the Arts.

In subsequent years, that shift between defense and nondefense discretionary spending would grow to the point where defense spending would make up two-thirds of discretionary domestic spending, a huge shift from the 50-50 split of today.
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Trump promises solidarity with U.K. against ‘evil loser’ terrorists
JERUSALEM – President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the suspected terrorist who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester an “evil loser” and said he stands in “absolute solidarity” with victims in the United Kingdom.

Speaking in Bethlehem following a bilateral meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Trump added his remarks about the terrorist attack to the top of a pre-planned statement about his quest to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said of the explosion that targeted an adolescent audience. “I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that.”

“Loser” is one of Trump’s favorite insults for people he views as his personal enemies. On Twitter over the years he has used the term to describe Karl Rove, Mark Cuban, Rosie O’Donnell, Graydon Carter and Cher, among others.
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Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape U.S. Government
President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers.
Trump’s proposal, to be released Tuesday, claims to balance the budget within a decade. But it relies on a tax plan for which the administration has provided precious little detail, the elimination of programs backed by many Republican lawmakers, and heavy use of accounting gimmicks.

Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal has already been declared dead on arrival by many of his Republican allies in Congress. The plan would slash Medicaid payments, increase monthly student loan payments and cut food stamps and agricultural subsidies, each backed by powerful constituencies. The administration is unbowed.

“We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said. “We’re going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off those programs and back in charge of their own lives.”
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