Congressional Climate October 4th, 2017

President Trump and The First Lady Receive a Briefing on Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Eric D. Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Committee Hearings
Energy and Natural Resources
SD-216

Aging
9:00am – SD-562

Foreign Relations
9:15am – SVC-217

Finance
10:00am – SD-215

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

Commerce, Science, and Technology
10:00am – SH-216

Environment and Public Works
10:00am – SD-406

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
10:00am – SD-342

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Foreign Relations
10:30am – SD-419

Indian Affairs
2:30pm – SH-216

Budget
2:30pm – SD-608

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
2:30pm – SD-226

Veterans’ Affairs
2:30pm – SR-418

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
3:00pm – SD-430

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Last votes expected 8:45pm to 9:45pm.

Committee Hearings
Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Oversight
9:00am – Rayburn HOB 2020

Agriculture
9:30am – Longworth HOB 1300

Education and the Workforce
10:00am – Rayburn HOB 2175

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

Financial Services
10:00am – Rayburn HOB 2128

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on The Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – Rayburn HOB

Homeland Security
10:00am

Judiciary
10:00am – Rayburn HOB 2141

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Space
10:00am – Rayburn HOB 2318

Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
10:00am – Rayburn HOB 2167

Ways and Means
10:30am – Longworth HOB 1100

Small Business
11:00am – Rayburn HOB 2360

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health
1:00pm – Rayburn HOB 2123

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
2:00pm – Rayburn HOB 2172
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Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rules

The Treasury Department announced on Wednesday that it is planning to withdraw estate-tax rules proposed by the Obama administration that were widely opposed by GOP lawmakers and business groups.

The department in a report called the rules’ approach “unworkable.”

President Trump ordered the report in April, instructing the Treasury Department to examine tax regulations issued on or after Jan. 1, 2016. In July, Treasury identified eight rules that it found to have an undue burden on taxpayers or add excessive complexity to tax laws.

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AARP urges House to reject Medicare budget cuts

The AARP is calling on the House to reject potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps in the current budget resolution.

In a letter sent to lawmakers Wednesday, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said the proposals in the budget that could result in cuts to Medicare, or change it to a defined contribution model, should be rejected.

“We urge you not to include attempts to cut Medicare benefits or increase beneficiary costs in the upcoming budget proposal,” the letter said.

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EPA to propose ending Obama-era Clean Power Plan: report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ready to repeal the centerpiece regulations former President Obama instituted to fight climate change, according to a department document obtained by Reuters.

Reuters reports that the document was distributed to the agency’s Regulatory Steering Committee, and that it proposes to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

President Trump has already announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, and he launched a review of the Obama plan in March. The Clean Power Plan was the main way Obama had hoped to meet U.S. obligations to reduce climate emissions under the Paris deal.

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