Congressional Climate October 30, 2017

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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 Trevor N. McFadden to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Relations
5:00pm – SD-419

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
5:30pm – S-216

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security
Hearing on Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nations Ports
1:30pm – Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, San Pedro, CA
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Trump under pressure to deliver tax victory

President Trump is under pressure to deliver a big win for Republicans on taxes.

The GOP this week will dive headfirst into an overhaul of the tax code, a goal that has eluded the party for a generation. The House Ways and Means Committee is slated to release the text of legislation on Wednesday.

The message from Republicans is loud and clear: they need to Trump to be energetic, focused and disciplined to help get the plan across the finish line.

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Confusion clouds open enrollment with Republicans still eager to dismantle Obamacare

Obamacare is about to have its worst open-enrollment season ever — and that’s no accident.

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress still aim to dismantle the 2010 law. Making it look bad helps their cause, even as they’ve failed repeatedly to repeal or replace Obamacare. The new theory for Republicans: If fewer people enroll in Obamacare, there will be less of a constituency to save it.

“I think it’s going to implode on its own,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a strong ally of the president on the Hill. But with Trump undoing his predecessor’s rules and policies, “to some extent, perhaps he’s expediting the implosion.”

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House GOP tosses conservative playbook in bid for tax reform

House Republicans are so desperate for a win on taxes that they’re agreeing to proposals that would have caused internal party warfare just a year or two ago.

They’re considering forgoing a big cut in the top income tax rate on the rich, offering moderate-income Americans so many tax breaks that many would be excused from paying taxes entirely and passing a potentially 1,000-page tax bill few have seen within a matter of weeks. Last week, they agreed to a budget that ignored their demands for deep cuts in federal spending just so they could pass a tax bill using a special procedure that enables them to move forward without any Democratic votes.

It’s an open question whether Republicans will be as flexible when party leaders release their entire tax bill, due Nov. 1, and everyone can see exactly who will be the losers under their plan. They already have some internal battles, with Republicans from high-tax states fighting a proposal to dump a long-standing deduction for state and local taxes.

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