Congressional Climate September 28th, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee Chair holds a news conference on tax reform

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Ralph R. Erickson, of North Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Committee Hearings
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
9:30am – SH-216

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
9:30am – SD-538

Judiciary
9:30am – SD-226

Armed Services
10:00am – SVC-217

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
10:00am – SR-253

House Floor Schedule
9:00am: House will meet for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 10:30am – 11:30am.

Committee Hearings
Science, Space, and Technology
9:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Research and Technology
9:30am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
9:30am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
9:30am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

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Congress on track to miss two big health deadlines

Congress is at risk of missing two deadlines for health programs impacting millions of people, as funding is set to expire on Saturday.

The House has yet to release a bill to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) just days before the deadline. The Senate has released a bipartisan five-year bill to reauthorize the program, but a vote hasn’t been scheduled.

Separately, billions of dollars to fund community health centers — a safety net for 26 million people — are also up in the air.

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Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief

The White House announced early Thursday that President Trump has agreed to waive the Jones Act, which will temporarily lift shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico and enable the hurricane-ravaged island to receive necessary aid.

The waiver from the shipping law, which requires American-made and operated vessels to transport cargo between U.S. ports, will only last for 10 days and goes into effect immediately.

“At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter, referring to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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GOP poised to move $10 billion for border wall

House Republicans next week will begin moving legislation to provide billions of dollars for wall construction at the southern border — a central campaign promise of President Trump that has so far eluded the GOP-led Congress.

The House Homeland Security Committee will mark up the legislation — the Border Security for America Act — on Oct. 4, the panel announced Wednesday.

Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, the legislation would provide $10 billion aimed at securing the U.S.-Mexico border, including funding for new wall and fencing construction, border defense technology and aerial surveillance like drones.

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