Health crisis looms in Puerto Rico weeks after Hurricane Maria hit

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No Committee Hearings Scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Financial Services
9:30am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
9:30am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1334 Longworth HOB

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

Judiciary
10:00am – 2142 Rayburn HOB

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

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

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
10:15am – 2322 Rayburn HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
2:00pm – HVC-210 Capitol
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Ryan urges conservatives to take on criticisms of GOP tax plan

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is urging conservatives to push back against criticism of the GOP’s tax plan as he seeks to build momentum for his top legislative priority.

“I say: Let’s have this debate. Let’s tackle these baseless arguments head on,” Ryan said in prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation, an prominent conservative think tank.

The White House and congressional GOP leaders released a tax-reform framework in late September that is designed to serve as a starting point for legislation. The plan would collapse the number of individual tax rates, slash rates for businesses and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

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Opposition mounts against bill to renew surveillance program

A carefully crafted compromise proposal to reform the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program is in trouble, with opposition coming from libertarian-leaning conservatives and members of the House Intelligence Committee.

The House Freedom Caucus appears dissatisfied with the National Security Agency reform measure, which was drafted by a bipartisan group of Judiciary Committee lawmakers led by chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Freedom Caucus members often find common ground with progressives on surveillance issues, potentially putting them in a position to decide the fate of the legislation.

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Trump: Middle class will benefit if corporate cash returned from abroad

President Donald Trump added a new sweetener to his sales pitch for tax reform Wednesday, saying average Americans would benefit greatly if U.S. corporations bring money home from abroad under a special low tax rate.

That move, combined with lower corporate tax rates, would pump an additional $4,000 into the average annual income of American households, he said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trump called it a “pay raise,” and added it “could be a lot more than that too.

“About a $4,000 amount of money for the American family to spend, very exciting,” he said.

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