Jeff Sessions: I have never lied to Congress (full opening statement)

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Gill Bradbury, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation.

Committee Hearings
Finance
9:00am – SH-216

Energy and Natural Resources
9:30am – SD-366

Armed Services
10:00am – SD-G50

Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
10:00am – SD-406

Foreign Relations
10:00am – SD-419

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430

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

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
2:30pm – SD-419

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.

Committee Hearings
Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Oversight
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

House Administration
10:00am – 1310 Longworth HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Judiciary
10:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
10:00am – HVC-210 Capitol

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

Rules
3:00pm – H-313 Capitol

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GOP tax bill could spur $25 billion in Medicare cuts: CBO

The GOP tax bill could trigger automatic cuts worth $136 billion from mandatory spending in 2018, including $25 billion in Medicare cuts, if Congress doesn’t find another way to offset its deficit increases, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The tax bill will add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the deficit over a decade. Congressional “pay-as-you-go” rules, called pay-go, require that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) automatically cut mandatory spending if legislation increases the deficit beyond a certain point.

“Without enacting subsequent legislation to either offset that deficit increase, waive the recordation of the bill’s impact on the scorecard, or otherwise mitigate or eliminate the requirements of the [pay-go] law, OMB would be required to issue a sequestration order within 15 days of the end of the session of Congress to reduce spending in fiscal year 2018 by the resultant total of $136 billion,” CBO wrote on Tuesday.

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Senate GOP nearing decision on repeal of ObamaCare mandate

Republican senators appear to be nearing a decision over whether to include the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate in tax-reform legislation.

GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee met Monday night to discuss the issue, Republican aides said. The full Senate Republican caucus will discuss the idea at its lunch meeting on Tuesday, and sources said a decision could be made as soon as Tuesday.

A Senate GOP aide said repeal of the mandate could be included in an updated tax-reform bill being released later Tuesday.

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Housing groups: GOP tax plan could hurt hurricane rebuilding efforts

Housing groups in Texas and Florida are warning that the House GOP tax bill could hurt post-hurricane rebuilding efforts in the U.S., because the measure eliminates a critical infrastructure financing tool.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday, the organizations raised concern over a provision that would eliminate the deduction on tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs), which are issued for private projects and have been used to finance a wide range of infrastructure projects around the country.

“This bill, as currently written, would make it significantly more difficult to repair and rebuild affordable housing in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” the Florida Housing Coalition and the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers wrote. “We strongly urge you to not hold a vote on the bill until this issue is fully addressed.”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defends Trump’s tax plan

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
4:00pm: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Derek Kan to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.

Committee Hearings
Finance
3:00pm – SH-216

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes will be postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Rules
5:00pm – H-313 Capitol

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House sets vote on tax overhaul

The House will vote on its version of the Republican tax reform bill in the coming week, as leaders race to get legislation to President Trump’s desk by Thanksgiving.

“Millions of families are counting on us. Millions of small business owners are counting on us,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said of the bill on Thursday. “The House will vote on this bill next week to deliver a win for the American people.

The bill, which was approved along party lines in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, is the centerpiece of the Republican legislative agenda.

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House will not accept repeal of state, local tax deduction

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Sunday that his colleagues would not accept Senate Republicans’ plan to eliminate a federal deduction for state and local taxes as part of an effort to overhaul the tax code.

The Texas Republican said on “Fox News Sunday” that the House would not agree to the proposal even if the Senate passed it.

“I’m convinced that this is where we’re going to end up,” Brady said.

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Record ObamaCare sign-up drive enters third week

ObamaCare is entering its third week of open enrollment and supporters are watching to see if the fast pace of sign ups will continue.

About 600,000 people signed up for ObamaCare plans in the first four days of enrollment, the Trump administration announced Thursday. About twice as many people signed up on the first day, Nov. 1, this year compared to last year.

That’s an average of 150,000 sign-ups per day for the first four days this year, compared to about 84,000 per day for the first 12 days last year. There is no data for the first four days of last year.

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GOP tax bill markup in House Ways and Means Committee hearing

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of William L. Wehrum to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Committee Hearings
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
9:30am – SR-328A

Armed Services
10:00am – SD-G50

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
10:30am – SD-342

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes will be postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Affairs
Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Space
9:30am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment
10:15am – 2322 Rayburn HOB

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Readiness
10:30am – 2212 Rayburn HOB
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House leaders race to round up tax votes

House GOP leaders are using a mix of behind-the-scenes cajoling and warnings about losing the majority to corral their oft-fractured conference on tax reform.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s team has been pulling district-by-district data to prove to skeptical lawmakers from high-tax states that their constituents will see a tax cut under the plan. That strategy successfully flipped Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) from a “no” last week to a “lean-yes” over the weekend.

But leadership sources say the toughest part of the whipping effort has yet to begin. That’s because on Thursday, the Senate will release its own tax bill that is expected to upend some of the House’s careful negotiating. The Ways and Means Committee will also finish consideration of the bill this week, slamming the door shut on any last-minute changes sought by Republicans from across the conference.

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Senate set for clash with House on tax bill

Senate Republicans are set to unveil a tax-reform bill that differs significantly from legislation in the House, setting up a battle within the GOP as it tries to hand President Trump his first major legislative victory.

Tax-writers in the Senate are expected to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes in their legislation, a break with House Republicans, who have proposed keeping it in place for property taxes up to $10,000.

About two dozen House Republicans from high-tax states had insisted on the $10,000 exemption in the bill, saying it was critical to ease the financial impact on their constituents.

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Democrats emboldened after elections – but still wary of shutdown talk

There are two words never to be uttered in the Democratic caucus: government shutdown.

That’s even true after Democrats were emboldened by their sweeping election victories this week.

Democratic leaders are preaching caution to their caucus as they head into year-end funding negotiations with increased political momentum, even as the party’s left flank vows to withhold votes from any must-pass spending bill without a legislative fix for Dreamers.

Courting a shutdown over young undocumented immigrants risks playing into the GOP’s hands with final funding talks still weeks away, senior Democrats warn.

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How lawmakers are reacting to Texas church shooting

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
9:30am – SD-342

Armed Services
10:00am – SD-G50

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

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
10:00am – SR-253

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
2:30pm – SVC-217

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 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Last votes expected 5:15pm – 6:15pm.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
10:00am – HVC-210 Capitol

Judiciary
10:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
2:00pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
2:00pm – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Rules
3:00pm – H-313 Capitol

Natural Resources
5:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

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15 elections you should be watching

Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia might be the marquee contests on ballots across the country on Tuesday, but there are plenty of other high-impact elections and referenda across the country with national implications.

There are key big-city mayoral races, pivotal state legislative contests and even a special congressional election, all of them providing some degree of insight into the political climate in the first Election Day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The immigration issues that Trump has championed are dominating much of the coverage and advertising in the Virginia governor’s race, but they’re also playing out in other contests, including a suburban county executive race on Long Island. A mayor’s race in Manchester, New Hampshire has attracted the attention of a half-dozen possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. A New Jersey teachers union is engaged in a raw display of power against a powerful longtime Democratic state legislative leader who crossed them.

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GOP unlikely to repeal ObamaCare mandate in tax measure

The House is unlikely to repeal the mandate to buy insurance under ObamaCare as part of its tax-reform bill, GOP sources say, though the issue could return down the road.

President Trump and conservative lawmakers are pushing for the individual mandate to be repealed in the bill, but House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has expressed worry that the controversial measure would jeopardize the broader tax-reform bill, given the Senate’s failure on health care earlier this year.

“It hasn’t ever been in the [House] bill,” said one Republican on the Ways and Means Committee who has been taking part in the negotiations. “I expect that it will be added somewhere down the sausage-making venture.”

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Contentious debate begins on tax reform

Republicans kicked off their markup of potentially historic tax legislation Monday, with Democrats hammering the proposal for slashing breaks for the middle-class to pay for tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.

Democratic questioning zeroed in on the breaks curbed or eliminated in the bill that tend to be enjoyed by the middle class: for teachers, homeowners and others. They railed against the measure for violating a rule enunciated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: That the legislation would not give a net tax benefit for the rich.

“This tax plan is blatant fraud being perpetrated against Middle America,” said Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), echoing sentiments of the minority on the House Ways and Means Committee panel throughout the hours-long hearing.

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President Trump Calls Texas Shooting a “Mental Health Problem at the Highest Level”

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00pm: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Andrew Engel to be an Assistant Attorney General.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes will be postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

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Senate GOP could struggle to match House taxes

The second big act of tax reform is expected to come this week, when Senate Republicans unveil a plan of their own that’s likely to significantly differ in some places from the House legislation.

One of the big tests will be how far Senate tax writers can go on the corporate tax rate. It would permanently plunge to 20 percent from 35 percent in the House plan, but the Senate is hemmed in by budget constraints that the House isn’t.

The Senate may also try to patch up some of the fraternal squabbles that erupted when House GOP leaders unveiled their bill last week, including a revolt by the housing industry and a powerful small business association.

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Trump puts pressure on lawmakers to repeal ObamaCare mandate

The GOP debate over how to repeal ObamaCare is poised to heat up once again.

Republicans are divided over including a provision to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their sweeping tax reform bill, unveiled on Thursday.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering the move, which is being pushed by President Trump and others, but also expressed strong caution.

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Brady sees small-business support for tax bill

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he thinks he’ll be able to get a leading small-business group on board with the House GOP’s tax bill.

“We’re having discussions on how best to deliver tax reform to small businesses on Main Street,” he told reporters outside a meeting of Ways and Means Committee Republicans. “The two options and approaches we have work, but we’re always looking for ways to simplify that approach.”

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), said Thursday that it couldn’t support the bill in its current form, arguing that the measure doesn’t provide tax relief for enough small businesses.

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Tech companies’ Senate Intelligence testimony, in three minutes

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Allison H. Eid to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Committee Hearings
Energy and Natural Resources
9:30am – SD-366

Armed Services
10:00am – SD-G50

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Intelligence
2:00pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Last votes expected 4:45pm – 5:45pm.

Committee Hearings
Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

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Tax bill will not seek repeal of individual health insurance mandate

The tax reform bill to be released Thursday will not include a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, sources say, despite President Trump proposing the idea on Wednesday.

Repealing the mandate would introduce a whole new area of controversy into the bill, and many Republicans think tax reform is hard enough without adding in health care.

Still, it is possible the idea could come back down the road, given that some Republicans are still pushing.

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GOP tax bill puts ceiling on mortgage interest deduction on new homes

The House GOP tax bill to be released on Thursday keeps the mortgage-interest deduction for newly-purchased homes, but puts a ceiling on it of $500,000.

The provisions is sure to draw opposition from the housing industry, which has long touted the deduction as a critical component of the U.S. economy that helps people become home owners.

It could also draw opposition from lawmakers representing higher-costs areas of the country, where homes can run much more than $500,000.

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Trump officials approve Medicaid waivers for opioid treatment

The Trump administration approved Medicaid waivers in Utah and New Jersey to help improve access to treatment for opioid addiction, according to the states’ governors.

The waivers were the first to be approved under a new policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will allow states to design demonstration projects to let Medicaid to pay for opioid use disorder treatments.

CMS called for more states to apply in a Nov. 1 letter to Medicaid directors.

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President Trump tweets “there is no collusion”

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

Committee Hearings
Intelligence
9:30am – SD-106

Armed Services
10:00am – SVC-217

Commerice, Science, and Technology
10:00am – SR-253

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

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

Commerce, Science, and Technology
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
2:30pm – SR-253

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
2:30pm – SD-342

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
2:30pm – SD-430

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
2:30pm – SH-216

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes will be postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Committee on Rules
5:00pm – H-313 CAPITOL

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Senate GOP: We are unified on controversial tax policy change

Senate Republicans say that a brewing controversy in the House on state and local tax deductions won’t be much of a problem in the upper chamber.

They point out that a test vote held earlier this year shows the Senate GOP conference is unified on changing the deductibility of state and local taxes to pay for significant reductions to individual and corporate rates.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is helped by the fact that there isn’t one Senate Republican who represents the nation’s largest high-tax states — California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

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White House ‘close’ on state, local tax decision, N.Y. rep says

Top Trump administration officials are nearing a decision on the federal deduction for state and local taxes in a tax overhaul, they told New York’s nine GOP House members late Monday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn promised in a phone call with the lawmakers they would work on the issue throughout the day Tuesday, said Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.).

“They’re saying they’re close,” Donovan said.

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Truck crash victims press Trump nominee to support truck safety rules

Truck crash victims are calling on President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to support a number of potentially life-saving trucking rules.

Truck crash survivors and victims’ family members descended on Capitol Hill on Tuesday ahead of the Senate Commerce Committee’s confirmation hearing for Raymond Martinez, who Trump tapped to serve as FMCSA Administrator.

The Truck Safety Coalition, which organized the fly-in, wants to call attention to the alarming rise in truck crash fatalities in recent years. The group is demanding that FMCSA act on nearly half a dozen safety rule-makings that the agency has either delayed or withdrawn.

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Watch Trump’s full speech on opioids

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00 p.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Relations
5:00pm – SD-419

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
5:30pm – S-216

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security
Hearing on Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nations Ports
1:30pm – Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, San Pedro, CA
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Trump under pressure to deliver tax victory

President Trump is under pressure to deliver a big win for Republicans on taxes.

The GOP this week will dive headfirst into an overhaul of the tax code, a goal that has eluded the party for a generation. The House Ways and Means Committee is slated to release the text of legislation on Wednesday.

The message from Republicans is loud and clear: they need to Trump to be energetic, focused and disciplined to help get the plan across the finish line.

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Confusion clouds open enrollment with Republicans still eager to dismantle Obamacare

Obamacare is about to have its worst open-enrollment season ever — and that’s no accident.

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress still aim to dismantle the 2010 law. Making it look bad helps their cause, even as they’ve failed repeatedly to repeal or replace Obamacare. The new theory for Republicans: If fewer people enroll in Obamacare, there will be less of a constituency to save it.

“I think it’s going to implode on its own,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a strong ally of the president on the Hill. But with Trump undoing his predecessor’s rules and policies, “to some extent, perhaps he’s expediting the implosion.”

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House GOP tosses conservative playbook in bid for tax reform

House Republicans are so desperate for a win on taxes that they’re agreeing to proposals that would have caused internal party warfare just a year or two ago.

They’re considering forgoing a big cut in the top income tax rate on the rich, offering moderate-income Americans so many tax breaks that many would be excused from paying taxes entirely and passing a potentially 1,000-page tax bill few have seen within a matter of weeks. Last week, they agreed to a budget that ignored their demands for deep cuts in federal spending just so they could pass a tax bill using a special procedure that enables them to move forward without any Democratic votes.

It’s an open question whether Republicans will be as flexible when party leaders release their entire tax bill, due Nov. 1, and everyone can see exactly who will be the losers under their plan. They already have some internal battles, with Republicans from high-tax states fighting a proposal to dump a long-standing deduction for state and local taxes.

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Trump talks Niger mission, GOP and taxes

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Relations
9:30am – S-116

Energy and Natural Resources
9:45am – SD-366

Armed Services
10:00am – SVC-217

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

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
10:00am – SD-342

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
11:00am – SR-428A

Intelligence
2:00pm – SH-219

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

Committee Hearings
Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
9:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
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White House: Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency

President Trump on Thursday will instruct the acting director of the Department of Health & Human Services to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, White House officials said.

It’s a move that won’t free up additional federal funding and is a more narrow option recommended by the president’s opioid commission.

The announcement has been months in the making and avoids declaring a more sweeping national emergency under the Stafford Act, which was one option the administration’s opioid commission had previously recommended. The commission recommended either a public health emergency or a Stafford Act emergency.

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Judge won’t force Trump to keep making ObamaCare payments

A federal court in California has struck down an emergency motion that would have forced the Trump administration to continue making ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria denied the motion for an injunction, saying that he was skeptical that cutting off the payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSR) would cause an immediate injury to residents of the state.

He noted many states, including California, saw “the writing on the wall” and took actions to mitigate any potential harm if the payments were ended.

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Trump, GOP appear open to 401(k) changes in tax bill

Potential changes to 401(k) accounts appeared to get new life on Wednesday, with a key GOP chairman declining to rule out their inclusion in tax legislation and President Trump leaving room for negotiation.

Trump on Monday seemed to take a hard line against changing the rules for retirement plans, tweeting that “there will be NO change to your 401(k).”

But on Wednesday morning, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) — the lead drafter of the tax-reform bill — didn’t give a definitive answer when asked whether changes to 401(k)s were still being considered.

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Senate repeals big bank arbitration clause, makes them harder to sue

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Committee Hearings
Armed Services
Subcommittee on SeaPower
9:15am – SVC-217

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:00am – SR-253

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

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
10:00am – SVC-217

Joint Economic Committee
10:00am – Longworth HOB-1100

Indian Affairs
2:30pm – SD-628

Aging
2:30pm – SD-562

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 1:30pm-2:30pm.
Last votes expected: 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Appropriations
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:00am – 2358-C Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Oversight
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Energy and Commerce
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

House Administration
11:00am – 1310 Longworth HOB

Judiciary
11:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
2:00pm – 2322 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Operations
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB
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Inside Trump’s meeting with Senate GOP

Senators arrived at their weekly lunch Tuesday prepared to witness a heavyweight bout between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) even brought popcorn.

But the meeting was largely free of turmoil, according to the senators who were in the room, though it included some memorable moments.

Corker’s name didn’t come up during the meeting, and the Tennessee senator didn’t use a question-and-answer session to confront Trump personally.

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GOP Chairman: Deduction compromise to be announced before tax bill

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Wednesday he anticipates announcing a compromise on the state and local tax deduction before a bill rewriting the code is unveiled next week.

“I expect before the bill is laid out next week, that the solution will be announced,” Brady said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “It’s a work in progress but I think we’re making good progress.”

Congressional GOP leaders and the White House proposed eliminating the state and local deduction in a tax-reform framework they released last month. Doing so would help to raise revenue to pay for lower tax rates.

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Groups in scramble to delay ObamaCare taxes

The medical device and insurance industries are fighting to stop ObamaCare taxes from taking effect now that it’s clear the law will remain on the books next year.

Industry sources say they’re optimistic and that momentum is growing. They point to new legislation released last week to delay the health insurance tax and a letter — with a lengthy list of signees — sent to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in favor of repealing the medical device tax.

But there isn’t much time.

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