Congressional Climate Bill Tracking
H.R. 2775 – Remote Transaction Parity Act of 2015
H.R. 1218 – Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT)
H.R. 612 – National Right-to-Work Act
H.R. 467 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2015
S. 2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act 2015
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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
5:30 p.m.: Convene for a pro forma session.
There are no committee hearings scheduled today.
House Floor Schedule
The House is not in session today.
5:00 p.m.: H.R. 5711 To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by a U.S. financial institution in connection with the export or re-export of a commercial passenger aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran
Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat
Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat — but in order to pull off an upset, they need to quickly rally around the Louisiana candidate whose victory could be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year. Public Service Commissioner – and jovial cattle farmer – Foster Campbell will face off against Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy, a twice-failed Senate candidate, in a Dec. 10 runoff.
On the surface, it might seem like a lost cause: A Democrat running a statewide campaign in Louisiana in the Year of Trump. On the contrary, though, Campbell has a legitimate shot to upset his opponent the same way Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did in 2015. Yes, Louisiana has a Democratic governor. He’s busy at the moment cleaning up the fiscal mess left by his predecessor, failed presidential candidate and Kenneth-the-Page avatar Bobby Jindal.
GOP senator urges Obama to address growing Islamic terror in Latin American
GOP Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) is pressing President Obama to address the spread of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other Islamic extremists in Latin America, ahead of his trip to Peru later this week. “ISIS and its sympathizers are growing more overt in Latin America,” Ernst wrote in a letter to Obama sent Monday obtained first by The Hill.
“Their increased used of messaging in Spanish and Portuguese, couple with calls for terror in the region, exemplify ISIS’s unwavering determination to change and imbed in new surroundings,” she wrote.
Ansar al-Khilafa Brazil, an Islamic jihadist group in Brazil, pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in July, according to SITE Intelligence group. Ernst, a retired National Army Guard lieutenant colonel, said that pledge would “likely not be the last.”
Ahead of last overseas trip as president, Obama faces the press, fellow Democrats
President Obama will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to take measure of last week’s election results, before holding a conference call with congressional Democrats who are still reeling from Donald Trump’s White House win.
The two events come just a few hours before Obama departs for his last trip as president to Europe, where he will visit Greece and Germany before going to Peru for this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. Trump’s victory is sure to dominate Obama’s interactions with reporters and foreign leaders in the coming week.
On Tuesday the president will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, before departing Wednesday for Berlin. During his stop in Germany, he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain.