Congressional Climate September 26th, 2017

FBI Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Tennessee Church Shooting

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1519, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2018.

Committee Hearings
Armed Services
10:00am – SH-216

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

Energy and Natural Resources
10:00am – SD-366

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Foreign Relations
10:30am – SD-419

Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
2:30pm – SR-253

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected 1:15pm – 2:15pm. Last votes expected 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Committee Hearings
Oversight and Government Reform
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Transportation and Infrastructure
10:00am

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1334 Longworth HOB

Foreign Affairs
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

House Administration
10:15am – 1310 Longworth HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
2:00pm – HVC-210 Capitol

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Top House conservative offers ‘red line’ on tax reform

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday outlined what he considers his minimum “red line” for tax reform as the GOP prepares to release a proposed blueprint.

Meadows said he would vote against a tax reform measure if it included a corporate tax rate higher than 20 percent, set a small business rate at more than 25 percent, and didn’t double the standard deduction for individuals.

The conservative lawmaker emphasized that those parameters are his personal view and do not reflect the demands of the entire roughly 40-member House Freedom Caucus.

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Freedom Caucus chair opposes combining health care, tax reform

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that he opposes trying to combine tax reform and ObamaCare repeal in a fast-track bill next year.

Some Republicans are pushing to include instructions for ObamaCare repeal along with tax reform in the 2018 budget, allowing the GOP to keep alive their ability to pass repeal with just a simple majority and bypass a Democratic filibuster.

But Meadows told reporters he opposes that approach because it could “interfere potentially with tax reform.” He warned he would only support instructions for healthcare if the issue could be kept in a separate bill, which does not appear to be allowed under the rules.

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TSA deploys hundreds of staff to assist with hurricane relief efforts

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed more than 1,100 members of its workforce to help with hurricane relief efforts in some of the hardest-hit areas.

About 500 employees were dispatched to assist with screening operations at impacted airports, while another 660 TSA workers volunteered to serve on the Department of Homeland Security’s “Surge Capacity Force” to help deliver aid directly to storm survivors.

At Cyril King Airport in St. Thomas, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, the TSA has had to use alternative screening methods – such as canine teams and hand-held metal detectors – to screen passengers for charter flights.

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