Congressional Climate September 20th, 2017

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
Aging
9:00 am – SD-562

Judiciary
10:00 am – SD-226

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
2:30 pm – SD-342

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

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Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have drafted the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. The bill would overhaul or eliminate major sections of the health care law, including its subsidized insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion. Instead, states would receive block grants, or a lump sum of money from the federal government, which they could use largely as they see fit.

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Poll: Nearly half of voters support single-payer healthcare

Nearly half of voters in a new survey support a “single-payer health care system.”

A Politico/Morning Consult poll finds 49 percent of respondents support a single-payer healthcare system in which “Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan.”

About one-third of voters, 35 percent, oppose the idea.

Another 17 percent don’t have an opinion.

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Urgency felt as tax reform lags

The business community is stepping up its campaign for tax reform as the window of time to pass legislation narrows.

Republicans are aiming to pass legislation by the end of the year. Business advocates have warned that if action is significantly delayed, there could be adverse economic consequences.

Key GOP lawmakers and the White House are planning to release a tax framework next week, and the business community hopes that step will help create momentum.

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