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8/1/17 White House Press Briefing

Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. A cloture vote on the nomination is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Committee Hearings
10:00am: Increasing Water Security/Drought Preparedness
10:00am: Pending Business
10:00am: FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project
10:00am: Colombia Peace Process
11:00am: Pending Legislation
11:00am: Pending Nominations
12:00pm: Manchester Nomination
02:00pm: Authorization for the Use of Military Force
TBA: Commodity Futures Trade Commissions Nominations
House Floor Schedule
The House is not in session.
Committee Hearings
Senator announces bipartisan health care hearing on Obamacare
Several Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree that Congress needs to prevent a collapse of the health insurance market, which could hurt millions of consumers — and that concern has opened up some bipartisan dialogue.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said the Senate health committee will hold bipartisan health care hearings on how to repair the individual market. In the House, a group of 40 lawmakers from both parties endorsed an outline of ideas aimed at making urgent fixes to Obamacare.

The step toward bipartisanship on health care comes as some Republicans consider an approach that diverges from the president’s stance.
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What we know and don’t know about the GOP tax-reform plan
Congressional Republicans and the White House are escalating their efforts to overhaul the tax code following the Senate’s failure to pass healthcare legislation.

Key players released a statement last week – even before the ObamaCare repeal setback – describing shared tax-reform principles, and Republicans are spending the August recess working to get voters behind their ideas.

The joint statement from administration officials, congressional GOP leaders and the chairmen of the tax-writing committees lays out broad goals for tax legislation, but details haven’t been finalized.
Here’s what we know about Republicans’ tax-reform efforts, and where there are still gray areas.
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DeVos drops plan to overhaul student loan servicing
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday abandoned her plan to overhaul how the federal government collects payments from the nation’s more than 42 million student loan borrowers after it faced growing resistance from congressional Republicans and Democrats.

The Trump administration announced that it was scrapping plans to award a massive contract to a single company to manage the monthly payments of all student loan borrowers, and said it would come up with a new proposal aimed at improving customer service for student loan payments.

“By starting afresh and pursuing a truly modern loan servicing environment, we have a chance to turn what was a good plan into a great one,” DeVos said in a statement.
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