Trump talks Niger mission, GOP and taxes

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Relations
9:30am – S-116

Energy and Natural Resources
9:45am – SD-366

Armed Services
10:00am – SVC-217

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

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
10:00am – SD-342

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

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
11:00am – SR-428A

Intelligence
2:00pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
9:00am: House will meet for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 10:30am-11:30am.

Committee Hearings
Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
9:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
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White House: Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency

President Trump on Thursday will instruct the acting director of the Department of Health & Human Services to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, White House officials said.

It’s a move that won’t free up additional federal funding and is a more narrow option recommended by the president’s opioid commission.

The announcement has been months in the making and avoids declaring a more sweeping national emergency under the Stafford Act, which was one option the administration’s opioid commission had previously recommended. The commission recommended either a public health emergency or a Stafford Act emergency.

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Judge won’t force Trump to keep making ObamaCare payments

A federal court in California has struck down an emergency motion that would have forced the Trump administration to continue making ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria denied the motion for an injunction, saying that he was skeptical that cutting off the payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSR) would cause an immediate injury to residents of the state.

He noted many states, including California, saw “the writing on the wall” and took actions to mitigate any potential harm if the payments were ended.

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Trump, GOP appear open to 401(k) changes in tax bill

Potential changes to 401(k) accounts appeared to get new life on Wednesday, with a key GOP chairman declining to rule out their inclusion in tax legislation and President Trump leaving room for negotiation.

Trump on Monday seemed to take a hard line against changing the rules for retirement plans, tweeting that “there will be NO change to your 401(k).”

But on Wednesday morning, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) — the lead drafter of the tax-reform bill — didn’t give a definitive answer when asked whether changes to 401(k)s were still being considered.

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