Congressional Climate August 7th, 2017
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President Trump Participates in a Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth Event
Today’s Hill Action
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Tax writers see peril in Trump’s Obamacare persistence
Republicans acknowledge that the aggressive timeline they have set up for overhauling the tax code this fall leaves them little room for error.
There could be one problem with that: Obamacare isn’t going away.
President Donald Trump has dropped hints that he might stop the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments, through which federal funds flow to insurance companies to keep down coverage costs for low-income people.
At the same time, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the health committee chairman, is working with Democrats on potential measures to shore up the health care law.
Five actions Congress may take on self-driving cars
Lawmakers are exploring ways to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars as the auto industry and safety advocates clamor for action at the federal level.
A sweeping autonomous vehicle measure is quickly moving through the House, and a bipartisan group in the Senate is planning to release a major legislative package after the August recess.
“We can set the stage for the continued development of self-driving cars and ensure America stays the innovation leader that it is,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which drafted the lower chamber’s bill.
Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America
EAGLE GROVE, Iowa – On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to put out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
For much of industrial America, the TPP was a suspect deal, the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which some argue led to a massive offshoring of U.S. jobs to lexicon. But for the already struggling agricultural sector, the sprawling 12-nation TPP, covering 40 percent of the world’s economy, was a lifeline. It was a chance to erase punishing tariffs that restricted the United States – the onetime “breadbasket of the world” – from selling its meats, grains and dairy products to massive importers of foodstuffs such as Japan and Vietnam.
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