President Trump pushes tax reform

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act.

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

Finance
10:00am – SD-215

Foreign Relations
10:00am – SD-419

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
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: 4:30pm–5:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Appropriations
10:00am – 2358-C Rayburn HOB

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

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

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

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

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
2:00pm – HVC-210 CAPITOL

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

Rules
3:00pm – H-313 CAPITOL
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Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting

President Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time since taking over the White House.

The meeting, which will take place Tuesday during the caucus’s weekly policy lunch, is slated to focus on an increasingly crowded end-of-the-year agenda and rally Republicans to unify as they enter a make-or-break stretch on tax reform.

But the caucus powwow could also test Trump’s ability to stay on message as he comes face to face with some of his most vocal GOP critics, including Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who sparred with then-candidate Trump during last year’s caucus meeting.

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Frenzy builds as tax legislation nears

The frenzy over a Republican tax bill is escalating in Washington as the release of legislative details becomes more imminent.

Draft legislation is expected soon after the House clears the Senate’s budget resolution, scheduled for Thursday. President Trump and GOP lawmakers hope to get a bill enacted by the end of the year so they can claim a victory ahead of the midterm elections.

As legislation is being finalized, Trump and other key players are stepping up their sales efforts. At the same time, lobbyists eagerly await the details and are pushing back against various proposals that they’ve heard could be on the table.

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Republicans quietly craft Dreamers deal

Key Senate Republicans have begun privately discussing the contours of an immigration plan to shield the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who will lose work permits and deportation protections starting early next year.

Preliminary talks show that influential GOP senators are eager to devise a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that could pass muster with both Democrats and President Donald Trump, who said he will start winding down the Obama-era program in March to force lawmakers to come up with a permanent DACA measure with significant border security and enforcement provisions attached.

In an interview, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has convened a working group on immigration that includes himself and GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma, as well as other lawmakers. Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Jeff Flake of Arizona also are among the Republicans who have been engaged in the talks, according to sources.

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Almost 80 Percent of Puerto Rico Still Without Power

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00pm: Convene and resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act.

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
Committee on Rules
5:00pm – H-313 Capitol
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Schumer: Bipartisan health care bill ‘has a majority’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health care bill has support from a majority of senators, and he urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor “immediately.”

“This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it. We have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week. It will pass and it will pass by a large number of votes.”

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced this past week that they had reached an agreement on a Obamacare deal which would fund a key insurance subsidy program. The deal is meant to allow for some breathing room for the system amid attempts to improve or replace it.

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This week: Trump, GOP lawmakers look to get on the same page

President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill this week to meet with Senate Republicans amid a recent string of high-profile fights with key members.

The president is scheduled to huddle with GOP senators on Tuesday—the first time he’s met with the full caucus since taking over the White House in January.

The closed-door meeting is expected to focus on the increasingly packed fall agenda, including Republicans’ goal of getting tax reform passed this year.

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Trump: ‘There will be no change to your 401(k)’

President Donald Trump on Monday said there would be no changes to 401(k)s, days after the New York Times reported that House Republicans were considering placing a cap on contribution limits.

“There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular middle class tax break that works, and it stays!” Trump tweeted Monday.

On Friday, the New York Times reported that House Republicans, as part of an effort to reform the tax code, are proposing to cap the yearly amount workers set aside in 401(k) accounts to $2,400. Currently, workers under 50 can put as much as $18,000 in a 401(k) without paying taxes on the front end, according to the New York Times. Workers over 50 can put up to $24,000.

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Trump doesn’t support bipartisan health care plan after all

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of H.Con.Res.71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Committee Hearings
Armed Services
9:30am – SD-G50

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

Judiciary
10:00am – SH-226

Foreign Relations
10:30am – SD-419

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
2:00pm – SD-216

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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What to watch for in Senate budget debate on Thursday

The Senate is set to vote on its 2018 budget resolution, a key step toward Republicans’ top agenda item of tax reform.

While few expect that the budget measure will have any serious problems passing, the upper chamber’s free-wheeling voting marathon that kicks off Thursday is sure to allow for drama.

The session, known as a “vote-a-rama,” is less restrictive than other amendment procedures, allowing senators to introduce as many amendments as they want on whatever subjects they like.

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Obamacare fix could end up in year-end package

A bipartisan deal to shore up Obamacare collapsed Wednesday after President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Senate proposal a bailout for insurance companies.

But GOP sources on both sides of the Capitol say this is not the end of the debate.

GOP lawmakers acknowledged they’ll eventually have to contend with shaky insurance markets and an estimated $1 billion hole Trump carved into the health care law last week when he eliminated remaining payments due this year. The money to fund a key insurance subsidy program could be resurrected as part of a year-end spending agreement.

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Trump: Senate budget vote ‘first step towards massive tax cuts’

President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that the Senate’s scheduled vote on budget legislation is a “first step towards massive tax cuts,” but cautioned that a successful floor vote is not necessarily assured.

“Republicans are going for the big Budget approval today, first step toward massive tax cuts. I think we have the votes, but who knows?” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. He did not immediately clarify if he was casting doubt on the budget legislation that will come before the Senate Thursday or on his larger policy goal of cutting taxes and pushing through a major rewrite of the U.S. tax code.

Passing budget legislation is a key first step for Republicans that will allow them to seek to approve tax reform legislation via a process call reconciliation, allowing them to approve the bill with a simple majority as opposed to the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold. But even that lower bar has proven difficult for the GOP to hurdle thus far into the Trump administration, with Republicans unable to muster 50 votes in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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AG Jeff Sessions Testifies Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of H.Con.Res.71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Committee Hearings
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
9:30am – SD-430

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

Judiciary
10:00am – SH-216

Foreign Relations
2:30pm – SD-419

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
2:30pm – SD-342

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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Trump reverses course, indicates opposition to ObamaCare deal

President Trump on Wednesday suggested he will oppose a bipartisan deal to help stabilize ObamaCare, reversing comments he made one day earlier.

Trump wrote on Twitter that he was “supportive” of the deal’s architect, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as the Senate process, but said he would “never support bailing out” insurance companies, saying they “have made a fortune” under ObamaCare.

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Mnuchin: Tax reform failure would hurt stock market

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said if Congress fails to pass a bill overhauling the tax code, Wall Street will suffer.

“There is no question that the rally in the stock market has reasonably based into it reasonably high expectations of us getting tax cuts and tax reform done,” Mnuchin in an interview with a Politico podcast released Wednesday. “It also has based into it optimism on regulatory relief which they’ve begun to see and there’s expectations.

“So I think to the extent we get the tax deal done, the stock market will go up higher. But there’s no question in my mind if we don’t get it done, you’re going to see a reversal of a significant amount of these gains.”

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Schumer: Trump doesn’t understand ObamaCare payments deal

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) ripped President Trump’s comments on a bipartisan deal to extend key ObamaCare payments to insurers, arguing he doesn’t understand the agreement.

“Frankly the president doesn’t know what he’s talking about in the compromise. … The president ought to know what he’s talking about when he tweets about bills. Because on this one he had no understanding of what it’s about,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.

He added, “This president keeps zigging and zagging so it’s impossible to govern.”

Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that he “can never support bailing out [insurance companies] who have made a fortune w/ O’Care.”

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Trump’s news conference, in three minutes

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00 am: Convene and proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

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

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

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Intelligence
2:30pm – SH-216

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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Trump promises action on drug prices

President Trump on Monday attacked prescription drug companies and hinted at taking action to bring down rising drug prices.

“We are going to get prescription drug prices way down because the world is taking advantage of us,” Trump said during a wide-ranging press conference.

He noted the same drug sold outside the U.S. sometimes costs a fraction of what it does in the U.S.

“The same exact pill from the same company, same box, same everything, is a tiny fraction of what it costs in the United States,” Trump said.

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Trump, McConnell: Republican tax plan could bleed into next year

President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility that Republicans may fall short of their goal of rewriting the tax code by the end of this year.

“I would like to see it be done this year,” he told reporters. “But don’t forget it took years for the Reagan administration to get taxes done — I’ve been here for nine months.”

“We could have a long way to go but that’s OK,” he added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, appearing alongside Trump at a White House news conference, also tamped down the bullish timeline laid out by some administration officials and congressional leaders.

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Estate tax repeal faces obstacles

Republicans have a chance in tax reform to do something that they’ve dreamed of for decades: repeal the estate tax.

But they face some headwinds.

Repealing the estate tax is estimated to cost $279 billion over a decade, contributing to the cost of a GOP plan that could add $1.5 trillion to the federal debt. The benefits from ending the tax would also largely flow to the United States’ wealthiest families and businesses, while President Trump is framing tax reform as a “middle-class miracle.”

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Deadliest wildfire crisis in California’s history

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
4:00 pm: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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This week: Senate aims to kick off tax reform

Senate Republicans hope to get the ball rolling this week on tax reform, a key priority after their efforts to repeal ObamaCare collapsed earlier this year.

GOP lawmakers are expected to vote on the fiscal year 2018 budget, which paves the way for Republicans to pass tax reform by a simple majority and avoid a Democratic filibuster.

The resolution, which passed the Budget Committee along party lines earlier this month, will allow the tax plan to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over a decade.

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Lawmakers face fallout from Trump’s ObamaCare moves

All eyes are on Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the leaders of the Senate Health Committee who have been working to craft a bipartisan deal to stabilize the insurance markets.

Their efforts grew more urgent late Thursday night when President Trump announced he was halting key payments to insurers.

Before the Senate’s week-long recess, Alexander said he had agreed to fund the payments for two years, but there hasn’t been a bipartisan agreement on an overall package.

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Amid tensions, Trump, McConnell huddle on fall agenda

President Trump is expected to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Monday at the White House amid increased tensions.

Their lunch will follow a Cabinet meeting, according to the White House schedule.

A spokesman for McConnell said the two will talk about the fall agenda.

“The Leader will join the president and Vice President for a working lunch where they will discuss the fall agenda which includes completing the budget resolution, passing tax reform to help American families and workers, confirming well-qualified judicial and other nominees, and continuing to provide resources to communities affected by the recent hurricanes,” David Popp told Politico.

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Health crisis looms in Puerto Rico weeks after Hurricane Maria hit

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No Committee Hearings Scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Financial Services
9:30am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
9:30am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1334 Longworth HOB

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

Judiciary
10:00am – 2142 Rayburn HOB

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

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

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
10:15am – 2322 Rayburn HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
2:00pm – HVC-210 Capitol
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Ryan urges conservatives to take on criticisms of GOP tax plan

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is urging conservatives to push back against criticism of the GOP’s tax plan as he seeks to build momentum for his top legislative priority.

“I say: Let’s have this debate. Let’s tackle these baseless arguments head on,” Ryan said in prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation, an prominent conservative think tank.

The White House and congressional GOP leaders released a tax-reform framework in late September that is designed to serve as a starting point for legislation. The plan would collapse the number of individual tax rates, slash rates for businesses and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

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Opposition mounts against bill to renew surveillance program

A carefully crafted compromise proposal to reform the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program is in trouble, with opposition coming from libertarian-leaning conservatives and members of the House Intelligence Committee.

The House Freedom Caucus appears dissatisfied with the National Security Agency reform measure, which was drafted by a bipartisan group of Judiciary Committee lawmakers led by chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Freedom Caucus members often find common ground with progressives on surveillance issues, potentially putting them in a position to decide the fate of the legislation.

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Trump: Middle class will benefit if corporate cash returned from abroad

President Donald Trump added a new sweetener to his sales pitch for tax reform Wednesday, saying average Americans would benefit greatly if U.S. corporations bring money home from abroad under a special low tax rate.

That move, combined with lower corporate tax rates, would pump an additional $4,000 into the average annual income of American households, he said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trump called it a “pay raise,” and added it “could be a lot more than that too.

“About a $4,000 amount of money for the American family to spend, very exciting,” he said.

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President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No Committee Hearings Scheduled.

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 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Committee on Natural Resources
10:00am – 1334 Longworth HOB

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

Foreign Affairs
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Agriculture
10:00am – 1300 Longworth HOB

House Administration
10:30am – 1310 Longworth HOB

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

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
2:00pm

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

Natural Resources
2:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB

Natural Resources
4:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB
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ObamaCare enrollment groups likely to decrease services after Trump funding cuts

Local and state groups that help with ObamaCare enrollment say they will likely have to reduce their services following funding cuts from the Trump administration.

Funding for the “navigator” groups, which provide outreach, education and enrollment assistance, was cut in half this year for being “ineffective,” Trump officials have said.

Now most of the navigator programs say they will have to limit their services this year, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

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House committee plans multiple hearings on Kaspersky

The House Science Committee is now planning to hold a series of hearings on software produced by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, The Hill has learned.

The detail comes in the wake of reports that the Russian government exploited the company’s antivirus software in an effort to spy on the United States, and signals an expansion of the congressional committee’s inquiry into the risk that Kaspersky software poses to U.S. information systems.

The House Science Committee initially planned to hold a hearing on Kaspersky on Sept. 27, an announcement that was made after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved to bar federal agencies and departments from using the company’s products over potential national security concerns. Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s CEO, was initially slated to testify.

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Trump to focus on truckers in tax-reform pitch

President Trump plans to gear his tax-reform pitch Wednesday in Pennsylvania to truckers, arguing that his plans to make business tax changes will put more money in people’s pockets.

“We will eliminate the penalty on returning future earnings back to the United States. And we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America — where it belongs,” Trump plans to say, according to an excerpt provided by the White House.

“My Council of Economic Advisors estimates that this change, along with a lower rate, would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise,” he will say, according to the excerpt.

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Wildfires Scorch Northern California

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:15 a.m.: Convene for a pro forma session.

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 postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Committee on Rules
5:00pm – H-313 Capitol
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Trump could make waves with health care order

President Trump’s planned executive order on ObamaCare is worrying supporters of the law and insurers, who fear it could undermine the stability of ObamaCare.

Trump’s order, expected as soon as this week, would allow small businesses or other groups of people to band together to buy health insurance. Some fear that these Association Health Plans (AHPs) would not be subject to the same rules as ObamaCare plans, including those that protect people with pre-existing conditions.

That would make these plans cheaper for healthy people, potentially luring them away from the ObamaCare market. The result could be that only sicker, costlier people remain in ObamaCare plans, leading to a spike in premiums.

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EPA to repeal landmark Obama climate rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday will formally propose repealing Barack Obama’s landmark climate change rule for power plants, a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt told a Kentucky audience on Monday that he will sign paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule, which he argued exceeded the previous administration’s authority and treated coal communities unfairly.

“The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular,” Pruitt said Monday at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to raucous applause. “It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.”

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Rand will stand in way of tax cuts, White House fears

At a large gathering last week of conservatives and business groups pushing tax reform, one lawmaker in particular was on the mind of President Donald Trump’s top lobbyist: Rand Paul.

Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs director, singled out the libertarian-leaning senator as crucial to the tax reform push, according to two sources familiar with the meeting at the American Action Network. And he advised those in the room to put immense pressure on Paul and make his vote on the Republican budget — required to pass tax reform along party lines — as difficult as possible so he’ll fall in line on taxes, those sources said. Paul is widely believed to be a “no” vote on the budget.

The Kentucky Republican’s outspoken opposition to a leadership-backed Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill and the backup Graham-Cassidy plan helped demolish the GOP’s health care agenda. And now Republicans are worried that the contrarian Paul is going to do the same on tax reform by coming out early and vocally against their work, according to two allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

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President Trump Addresses Media in Las Vegas

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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 Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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

Environment and Public Works
9:30am – SD-406

Foreign Relations
9:30am – SD-419

Finance
10:00am – SD-215

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

Judiciary
10:00am – SD-226

Budget
11:00am – SH-216

Intelligence
2:00pm – SH-219

Foreign Relations
2:30pm – SD-419

House Floor Schedule
9:00am: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 9:45am-10:45am. Last votes expected 11:30am-12:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Foreign Affairs
9:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
9:15am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
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House rejects Democratic Budget Alternatives

The House on Wednesday voted down two budget alternatives offered by two key Democratic factions as Republicans move forward with their proposal this week to establish a vehicle for tax reform.

Substitute budgets offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus were both defeated in late evening votes. The House is expected to adopt the House GOP budget on Thursday.

Both proposals to spend more money on social safety net programs stood in contrast to the House GOP budget, which would increase military spending and call for $203 billion in cuts to mandatory spending, including anti-poverty and agriculture programs. Neither budget would balance, but proponents say they would help reduce the deficit over time.

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Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles

Bipartisan negotiations over an extension of children’s health insurance are veering off course, raising doubts that legislation can be passed quickly.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) played hardball on Wednesday, saying a fix for ObamaCare that is being negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) should be attached to the children’s health funding bill.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) ripped Schumer’s move.

“We should not jeopardize vulnerable children’s health insurance coverage by turning the bill into a Christmas tree and adding controversial policies like bailing out insurance companies,” Hatch said in a statement.

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Key GOP senators open to ‘bump stock’ ban

Top Senate Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning devices that were reportedly used to gun down scores of people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Bump stocks – also known as “slide fire” devices, which work by rapidly “bumping” the trigger of a semi-automatic weapon to boost the rate of fire – were reportedly used by Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people and wound more than 500 in Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre.

No Republican has yet joined Democrats in endorsing a bill targeting bump stocks, but their comments suggest a potential shift in the party’s typically hard-line opposition to gun control measures.

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