Congressional Climate

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6/9/17 Weekly Address

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 4 p.m. on and will resume consideration of the bill (S 722) that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be an assistant secretary of Defense. The Senate is then expected to voice vote the motion to proceed to S 722.
Committee Hearings
05:25pm: Vought Nomination
05:30pm: Long Nomination
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Committee Hearings
04:00pm: Treasury Budget
05:00pm: Pending Legislation
07:00pm: Defense Budget
07:00pm: Military Construction-VA Appropriations
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Senate GOP sees path to ObamaCare repeal
A path is emerging for Senate Republicans to pass their ObamaCare repeal bill, even though there are major obstacles ahead.
Critically, Senate moderates are indicating that they can agree to ending the additional federal funds for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid, albeit on a slower timetable than other Republicans want.

A compromise on Medicaid funding would remove one of the biggest obstacles for the bill.

The moderates want the phase-out of the Medicaid funding to take seven years, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed three years on Tuesday.

“Mitch is listening to everybody’s concerns and there’s a back and forth. I think we’re slowly getting closer,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Thursday. “It’s moving in the right direction.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who made headlines over the Memorial Day recess by saying it was “unlikely” that the Senate could pass an ObamaCare repeal bill, declined to repeat that assessment this week. “It’s hard for me to handicap,” he said.
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Sessions says he plans to testify before Senate intelligence panel
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he plans to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private.

The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department’s budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department’s budget, but Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go before them instead, he said Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees.
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D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath
Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

But D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) say Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests. For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company’s financial health.
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