Lawmakers respond to Puerto Rico crisis

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

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

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
10:00am – SR-418

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:30am – SR-253

Committee on Foreign Relations
10:45am – SD-419

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks
2:00pm – SD-366

Committee on Foreign Relations
2:15pm – SD-419

Committee on Indian Affairs
2:30pm – SD-628

Committee on Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
3:00pm – SR-428A

House Floor Schedule
3:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Committee on Agriculture
10:00am – 1300 Longworth HOB

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
2:00pm – 2200 Rayburn HOB

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Technology
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
2:30pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
3:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Committee on Natural Resources
3:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB

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Trump tax plan cuts corporate rates, nearly doubles standard deduction

The Republicans’ long-awaited tax framework would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy, drastically slash taxes for business and eliminate most itemized deductions, according to a copy obtained by The Hill.

President Trump is expected to promote the framework today at a rally in Indiana as Republicans seek a win after their bruising defeat in failing to repeal ObamaCare.

The new document provides information on tax rates and certain tax preferences but is vague in some areas, leaving most of the details up to the congressional tax-writing committees as they craft legislation.

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Senate passes bipartisan Medicare reform bill

The Senate on Tuesday night unanimously passed a bill aimed at making Medicare more efficient and saving it money.

The passage of the under-the-radar bipartisan health-care reforms came on the same day that Senate Republicans abandoned a vote on a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The bipartisan bill that passed Tuesday night, known as the CHRONIC Care Act, expands some programs created by the Affordable Care Act, but they are more obscure programs that are largely outside the realm of controversy.

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Puerto Rico gov: ‘Making every effort’ to prevent humanitarian disaster

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) on Wednesday said that his government is working to prevent a humanitarian disaster on the island, as the territory’s 3.4 million residents struggle with power outages and water shortages in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Rosselló said that his island is still on the brink of a crisis.

“It could go that way but we’re making every effort to prevent that,” Rosselló said. “It’s a disaster of unprecedented nature. You need to understand it’s been two category 4, 5, hurricanes passing through the island in a span of two weeks.”

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