Video of the Day
President Trump Participates in an Expanded Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate will reconvene at noon and, following leader remarks, will vote on confirmation of the nomination of David C. Nye to be U.S. district judge for the District of Idaho, and on cloture on the nomination of William Francis Hagerty IV to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.
09:30am: Wray Nomination
09:30am: Indian Health Service Budget
09:30am: Pending Nominations
09:30am: Nutrition and Healthy Aging
09:45am: Pending Business
10:00am: Innovative Transportation Infrastructure Financing
10:00am: Transportation Providers Combatting Human Trafficking
10:00am: Cutting Palestinian Authority Economic Aid
10:00am: Green Nominations/Foreign Service Lists
02:15pm: U.S. Human Rights Leadership in Asia-Pacific
02:30pm: Pending Legislation
02:30pm: Visa Overstays Review
02:30pm: Military Construction-VA Appropriations
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules and a bill (HR 23) that would take numerous actions to increase the availability of water in California’s Central Valley. The House is also expected to begin consideration of a bill (HR 2810) that would authorize defense programs for FY 2018.
10:00am: VA Capital Asset Needs
10:00am: Monetary Policy Report
10:00am: Specialty Crop Technology and Innovation
10:00am: Outer Continental Shelf Oil/Gas Development
10:00am: Reducing Federal Government Property Inventory
10:00am: Fire Administration/Fire Grant Programs Review
10:00am: Opioid Crisis in the States
10:00am: Empowering Women in the Developing World
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:15am: Redefining Joint Employment Standards 10:15am: Medical Product Manufacturer Communications
10:30am: Energy-Water/Agriculture Appropriations
11:00am: SBA Chief Information Office Review
01:00pm: Pending Legislation
02:00pm: Western Hemisphere
02:00pm: Community Financial Institution Regulatory Relief
02:00pm: Pending Legislation
02:30pm: Terrorism in Southeast Asia
03:00pm: Defense Authorization
03:00pm: Interior Appropriations
04:30pm: Homeland Security Appropriations
Trump Jr. offers to testify under oath
Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday he would be willing to testify under oath about his election-year meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton.
“And you have nothing to hide,” Fox News host Sean Hannity told Trump Jr. during an interview that aired Tuesday night. “That means you’ll testify under oath, all of that?”
“All of it,” Trump Jr. responded.
Lawmakers investigating Russian election meddling are expected to ask President Trump’s eldest son to testify about his June 2016 meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has close ties to the Kremlin.
5 big questions for the FBI director nominee
When President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey two months ago, Christopher Wray was not a familiar name to many outside legal circles.
That was then.
Wray will sit under the bright lights on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the Senate judiciary committee takes up his nomination to lead the FBI.
But those who know him don’t expect drama from the former federal prosecutor turned white-collar defense lawyer.
“This man is completely unflappable,” said Jodi Avergun, a partner at Cadwalader who previously worked with Wray under President George W. Bush. “He will not be fazed.”
Nevertheless, senators are likely to use to Comey’s firing as the springboard to launch into a series of questions on Wray’s loyalty to the President, his view of the FBI’s independence, and how he plans to navigate the bureau’s relationship with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They may also interrogate him on his time in Bush’s Justice Department.
Senate GOP to offer new healthcare bill on Thursday
Senate Republican leaders plan to unveil on Thursday a new version of their legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare ahead of a possible vote next week.
The revised legislation will include concessions to centrists and conservatives designed to win the necessary 51 votes for passage.
Overall, however, it retains many of the core elements of the GOP’s previous measure, which was shelved last month after a group of Republican senators threatened to block it on the floor.
The concessions include keeping in place taxes that would provide more revenue for tax credits and state funding to help low-income people buy insurance.
But the rollback of expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare, a top priority of conservatives, is largely kept in place.
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