Congressional Climate November 7, 2017

How lawmakers are reacting to Texas church shooting

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
9:30am – SD-342

Armed Services
10:00am – SD-G50

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
10:00am – SD-538

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
10:00am – SR-253

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
2:30pm – SVC-217

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

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 5:15pm – 6:15pm.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

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

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
10:00am – HVC-210 Capitol

Judiciary
10:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
2:00pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
2:00pm – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Rules
3:00pm – H-313 Capitol

Natural Resources
5:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

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15 elections you should be watching

Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia might be the marquee contests on ballots across the country on Tuesday, but there are plenty of other high-impact elections and referenda across the country with national implications.

There are key big-city mayoral races, pivotal state legislative contests and even a special congressional election, all of them providing some degree of insight into the political climate in the first Election Day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The immigration issues that Trump has championed are dominating much of the coverage and advertising in the Virginia governor’s race, but they’re also playing out in other contests, including a suburban county executive race on Long Island. A mayor’s race in Manchester, New Hampshire has attracted the attention of a half-dozen possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. A New Jersey teachers union is engaged in a raw display of power against a powerful longtime Democratic state legislative leader who crossed them.

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GOP unlikely to repeal ObamaCare mandate in tax measure

The House is unlikely to repeal the mandate to buy insurance under ObamaCare as part of its tax-reform bill, GOP sources say, though the issue could return down the road.

President Trump and conservative lawmakers are pushing for the individual mandate to be repealed in the bill, but House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has expressed worry that the controversial measure would jeopardize the broader tax-reform bill, given the Senate’s failure on health care earlier this year.

“It hasn’t ever been in the [House] bill,” said one Republican on the Ways and Means Committee who has been taking part in the negotiations. “I expect that it will be added somewhere down the sausage-making venture.”

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Contentious debate begins on tax reform

Republicans kicked off their markup of potentially historic tax legislation Monday, with Democrats hammering the proposal for slashing breaks for the middle-class to pay for tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.

Democratic questioning zeroed in on the breaks curbed or eliminated in the bill that tend to be enjoyed by the middle class: for teachers, homeowners and others. They railed against the measure for violating a rule enunciated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: That the legislation would not give a net tax benefit for the rich.

“This tax plan is blatant fraud being perpetrated against Middle America,” said Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), echoing sentiments of the minority on the House Ways and Means Committee panel throughout the hours-long hearing.

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