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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
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House Floor Schedule
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Pressure on McConnell to deliver ObamaCare repeal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is in the pressure cooker as Republicans seek to deliver on the healthcare reforms they’ve been promising voters for years.
The majority leader has drawn high marks in recent years for his ability to keep the Senate GOP conference unified, but that discipline has been shattered by the divisive healthcare debate.
Conservatives have at times challenged McConnell’s leadership over the years, but now those complaints are spreading to different corners of the conference.
Last week, McConnell got into a heated exchange with moderate Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a close ally who has major concerns about Medicaid cuts in the legislation.
EPA mulls options after appeals court blocks delay of Obama-era methane gas rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing its options the day after a federal appeals court blocked the EPA from delaying implementation of Obama-era methane regulations, a major victory for groups fighting against the rollback of environmental rules under the Trump administration.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt first informed oil and gas industry leaders in a letter in April that the agency was reconsidering methane emissions rules, which required oil and gas companies to identify and fix equipment leaks, and placed a 90-day pause on certain core requirements for companies under the regulations. Later in June, the EPA announced a formal two-year freeze of the regulations in order for the agency to “look broadly” at the rules, absorb public comment and issue a final action on the specific requirements.
But in a 2-1 decision Monday from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the court concluded Pruitt “lacked authority” to halt implementation of the regulations.
UN to Meet on North Korea After U.S. Confirms Rocket Was ICBM
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday after the U.S. confirmed North Korea’s rocket launch on July 4 was its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un bragged about sending more “gifts” to U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea and the U.S. announced Wednesday they had conducted a joint ballistic-missile drill in waters off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula.
With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling North Korea’s actions a “new escalation of the threat” to the U.S. and its allies, the UN is set to issue a condemnation of the missile test, which comes in defiance of international sanctions. Still, with China and South Korea also calling for caution, and urging fresh efforts to entice North Korea to talks, the prospects for strong action appear limited.
Kim’s progress toward acquiring missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland also show how efforts to rein him in — from international sanctions to U.S. and Chinese pressure — have not worked. Even so, Tillerson called for “global action” to stop a “global threat.”
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