Congressional Climate October 2nd, 2017

More than 50 dead, 200 injured at Las Vegas Strip

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00 p.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

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Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform

Republicans are set to take their first legislative steps this week to advance tax reform, days after the clock ran out for plans to fulfill their pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The House is set to vote this week on a fiscal 2018 budget, which will pave the way for Republicans to pass tax reform by a simple majority and avoid a Democratic filibuster.

The House Budget Committee advanced the budget in July, but it lacked the votes to pass on the floor due to reluctance from conservative Freedom Caucus members to move forward without a tax reform blueprint.

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Supreme Court set for historic new term

The Supreme Court is beginning a new term on Monday with a blockbuster docket of cases touching on civil rights, free speech, presidential power, redistricting and privacy rights.

The court has agreed to hear 43 cases so far, including a challenge to mandatory union fees in the public sector. The justices are likely to take up even more cases on Monday.

But court watchers may never get to hear arguments in two of the most closely watched cases of the term.

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Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets

The Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Health Committee are looking to cobble together a bipartisan ObamaCare deal, after the GOP’s latest failure to repeal the law.

Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are zeroing in on a deal aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare’s markets, which could come in days.

Lobbyists have told The Hill the bill could potentially include two years of funding for ObamaCare’s insurer subsidies and an expansion of state waivers. It could also allow ObamaCare enrollees to buy “copper plans,” which are cheaper, less generous insurance plans that currently only people under age 30 can buy.

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