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7/14/17 Weekly Address
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be deputy secretary of Defense. A vote on confirmation of the Shanahan nomination is expected at approximately 12:15 p.m. Following the vote, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush to be U.S. circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit, and will immediately recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.
09:00am: Comprehensive Tax Reform
09:30am: Selva Nomination
10:00am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: Pending Nominations
10:30am: U.S. Energy and Resource Security
10:30am: Agriculture Appropriations
11:00am: Kautter Nomination
02:30pm: Four Famines Causes
02:30pm: Pending Nominations
02:30pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Energy-Water Development Appropriations
04:00pm: Achieving a 355 Ship Navy
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 806) that would extends for eight years EPA’s deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone.
10:00am: SNAP in the Farm Bill
10:00am: State/Local Education Reform
10:00am: Federal Natural Resources Law (Part II)
10:00am: Improving Road Safety
10:00am: NASA Planetary Flagship Missions
10:00am: State of the Electric Industry
10:00am: Federalization of Corporate Governance
10:00am: NAFTA Modernization
10:15am: Oversight of 340B Drug Pricing Program
10:30am: GPO Reform (Part II)
11:00am: Homeland Security/Interior Appropriations
02:00pm: Alaska Onshore Oil/Gas Development
02:00pm: Remittances/Money Transfers Terror Financing Risk
02:00pm: Global Food Security Act Implementation
03:00pm: Pending Business
McCain calls for ‘return to regular order’ on ObamaCare repeal
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday night Congress should “return to regular order” to craft a replacement for ObamaCare.
“One of the major problems with Obamacare was that it was written on a strict party-line basis and driven through Congress without a single Republican vote. As this law continues to crumble in Arizona and states across the country, we must not repeat the original mistakes that led to Obamacare’s failure,” he said in a statement from Arizona, where he is recovering from surgery.
“The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation’s governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”
McCain’s statement comes after GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced on Monday night they will not support taking up a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, effectively blocking the legislation.
GOP reeling after healthcare collapse
Republicans offered competing ideas for what to do next on healthcare Monday night, now that the current ObamaCare replacement effort has fallen apart.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged late Monday that the chamber’s current approach would fail after two more senators announced opposition to the current healthcare draft.
Without the needed votes, he said, the Senate will take up a repeal-only bill that Congress passed in 2015.
“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement.
The repeal-only approach is backed by conservatives, who say Congress should just pass again what it already approved in 2015.
House Republican budget slashes billions in spending, paving path to tax cuts
After months of infighting, House Republicans are unveiling a budget resolution Tuesday that would dramatically reshape the federal government, requiring more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs and set the path for a major overhaul of the tax code.
The document is essentially a GOP wish list with many of the policies and reforms Republicans have pushed for years like repealing Obamacare, rolling back financial regulations, paring back social welfare programs and getting rid of some of the Obama Administration’s top priorities.
Even before the budget panel set the topline numbers for the 2018 fiscal year, the appropriations committee already crafted spending bills that designated $621 billion for defense spending and $511 billion for non-military domestic programs.
But the primary legislative focus of the 2018 budget is to use It as a vehicle for changing taxes. As they did with their Obamacare repeal plan in the 2017 budget, GOP leaders are employing a a budget tool called “reconciliation” to move tax legislation through the Senate with a simple majority.
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