Congressional Climate September 19th, 2017

President Trump Gives an Address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States.

Committee Hearings
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
9:30 a.m. – SH-216

Energy and Natural Resources
9:30 a.m. – SD-366

Armed Services
10:00 a.m. – SD-G50

Finance
10:00 a.m. – SD-215

Foreign Relations
10:00 a.m. – SD-419

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00 a.m. – SD-430

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:30 a.m. – SR-253

Intelligence
2:30 p.m. – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

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How Senate relationships could decide ObamaCare repeal

In the clubby world of the Senate, relationships could determine the fate of ObamaCare repeal.

The bill’s main sponsors — Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — are laboring to sell their Republican colleagues on the legislation, which would turn much of ObamaCare’s funding into block grants to the states.

With Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pledging to vote against the bill, Graham and Cassidy need to win over at least two of the three Republicans who voted in July against the last repeal bill: Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine).

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Trump: Iran nuclear deal an ‘embarrassment’

President Trump called the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration an “embarrassment” during his first-ever address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday morning.

“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” Trump said in his address before a global audience in New York.

“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump continued. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you have heard the last of it, believe me.”

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Court: Law against encouraging illegal immigration could violate First Amendment

A federal law that makes it a crime to encourage or induce foreigners to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally may run afoul of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court suggested in an unusual order Monday.

A 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel asked federal public defenders and immigrant rights groups to submit amicus briefs arguing that a San Jose, Calif, woman was improperly convicted because the law is vague or overbroad.

Immigration consultant Evelyn Sineneng-Smith was convicted at a jury trial in 2013 of inducing foreigners from the Philippines to stay in the U.S. unlawfully by charging them to file labor and immigration petitions that had no chance of winning the immigrants legal status.

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