GOP senators consider cutting individual mandate in tax reform effort

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of David G. Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

Committee Hearings
Energy and Natural Resources
9:00am – SD-366

Finance
9:00am – SH-216

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
9:30am – SD-124

Environment and Public Works
10:00am – SD-406

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Appropriations
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
2:30pm – SD-124

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
2:30pm – SD-430

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Last votes expected 3:45pm – 4:45pm.

Committee Hearings
Appropriations
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
9:30am – 2362-A Rayburn HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Judiciary
10:00am – 2142 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:30am – 1334 Longworth HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
2:00pm – HVC-210 Capitol

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Technology
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
2:30pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

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GOP chairman releases modifications to tax bill, including mandate repeal

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released modifications to the Senate tax bill late Tuesday, including the effective elimination of ObamaCare’s individual mandate and the expiration of tax changes for individuals after 2025.

Hatch said in a statement that by repealing the mandate “we not only ease the financial burdens already associated with the mandate, but also generate additional revenue to provide more tax relief to [middle-class] individuals.”

Hatch’s “modified mark” would essentially repeal the individual mandate by reducing to zero the penalty people pay if they don’t have health insurance.

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House panel sets up floor debate on GOP tax reform bill

House Republicans’ tax reform bill is set to reach the floor with no amendments, despite a push from some conservatives to include a repeal of the individual mandate.

The House Rules Committee, which determines how legislation is considered on the floor, approved parameters late Tuesday for four hours of debate and no opportunity for lawmakers to amend the bill before an expected vote at the end of this week.

The House is expected to debate the legislation on Wednesday, but wait until Thursday to vote on final passage.

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Trump admin to reveal rules on cyber vulnerabilities: report

The Trump administration is set to make public on Wednesday its rules for deciding whether to disclose cyber vulnerabilities or keep them under wraps, according to a Reuters report.

The revised rules are intended to shed light on how the government determines whether to reveal cybersecurity flaws so that manufacturers can patch holes in computer systems.

The government has faced criticism that it often fails to warn manufacturers about cyber vulnerabilities, so as to exploit such gaps to launch its own cyberattacks.

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