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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
9:55 AM – SD-342

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:00 AM – SR-253

Environment and Public works
10:00 AM – SD-406

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

Indian Affairs
2:30 PM – SD-628

House Floor Schedule
10:00 a.m.: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00 p.m.: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Last votes expected 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Committee Hearings
Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Economic Development Stakeholders’ Perspectives
10:00 AM
Host: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Hearing entitled “A Legislative Proposal to Impede North Korea’s Access to Finance”
10:00 AM | 2128 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Financial Services | Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade

Big Relief for Small Business: Legislation Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Small Manufacturers and Other Job Creators
10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Environment

Modernizing FDAs Regulationof Over-the-Counter Drugs
10:15 AM | 2322 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Health

Serving Small Businesses: Examining the Effectiveness of HUBZone Reforms
11:00 AM
Host: Committee on Small Business

The Future of Democracy and Governance in Liberia
2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

The Venezuela Crisis: The Malicious Influence of State and Criminal Actors
2:00 PM | 2200 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

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GOP senators make last ObamaCare repeal pitch

Four Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, urging their leadership and President Trump to support it.

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) argued at a press conference that their party should not give up on repealing the health law. But they face extremely long odds in trying to win 50 votes before a fast-approaching procedural deadline of Sept. 30.

“This is our last shot,” Johnson said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not thrown his support behind the bill, though, telling Graham and Cassidy at a meeting on Tuesday that they needed to find 50 votes on their own.

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Black presses Ryan for vote on budget resisted by conservatives

The House GOP’s budget chief Tuesday urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the budget to the floor this month, even though her hard-fought fiscal outline lacks the 218 votes needed for passage.

House Budget Chairman Diane Black, frustrated by her party’s divisions, is daring die-hard conservatives to vote no, forcing them to take the fall for choking off the party’s chances at tax reform.

“Sometimes when you get this close, perhaps you just need to put it on the floor,” Black (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO in a 30 minute interview. “I have made the case to the leadership, that I think it’s time.”

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GOP eyes tax framework for Sept. 25 release

Key Congressional Republicans and administration officials are planning to release a “consensus” tax-reform framework the week of Sept. 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told his colleagues Wednesday.

Brady told reporters after a House GOP conference meeting that the framework will include the “core elements of tax reform.”

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a press conference that the framework will be “the beginning of a very important process to achieve for the first time in a generation overhauling our tax system and giving middle-class families a much deserved break.”

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