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3/8/17: White House Press Briefing


Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of a disapproval resolution (H J Res 57) that would nullify an Education Department rule regarding accountability measures for school performance. The Senate is scheduled to vote on passage of the joint resolution at noon. The chamber will then resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with a cloture vote scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
H J Res 57 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Committee Hearings
9:30 a.m.: Duke Nomination
10:00 a.m.: FCC Oversight
10:00 a.m.: Funding Transportation Infrastructure
10:00 a.m.: Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization
10:00 a.m.: Pending Legislation
10:30 a.m.: Medical Research
2:15 p.m.: Administration’s Indian Affairs Priorities
2:30 p.m.: Global Nuclear Weapons Environment
2:30 p.m.: Cybersecurity
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 725) that would establish new federal judicial proceedings for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit and a bill (HR 985) that would group proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuits into groups that have suffered the same type and degree of injury and requires quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims.
HR 725 – Innocent Party Protection Act
HR 985 – Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act
Committee Hearings
9:00 a.m.: Member’s Day
9:30 a.m.: EPA Science Reform Legislation
10:00 a.m.: Member’s Day
10:00 a.m.: Veterans Service Organizations
10:00 a.m.: State/Foreign Operations Programs Oversight
10:00 a.m.: Farm Bill – Rural Development and Energy
10:00 a.m.: Labor-HHS-Education-SSA Management
10:00 a.m.: Pending Business
10:00 a.m.: Pending Business
10:00 a.m.: Healthcare Reform Legislation
10:30 a.m.: Tribal/Insular Community Infrastructure Improvement
10:00 a.m.: DHS-Private Sector Cybersecurity Engagement
10:00 a.m.: Water Infrastructure
10:00 a.m.: Flood Insurance Reform
10:00 a.m.: ATF Failures/Death of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata
10:00 a.m.: Russian Disinformation
11:00 a.m.: SBA Loan Guarantee Program Overview
11:30 a.m.: National Science Foundation Oversight
1:00 p.m.: Member’s Day
1:30 p.m.: Pending Business
2:00 p.m.: Member’s Day
2:00 p.m.: Farm Bill – Specialty Crops
2:00 p.m.: Democracy Threat in Ethiopia
2:00 p.m.: Committee Organization
3:30 p.m.: Nuclear Deterrence
TBA: Pending Business

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