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6/12/17 White House Press Briefing
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and Sen. Ran Paul, R-Ky., will be recognized to offer a motion to discharge a joint resolution (S J Res 42) that would disapprove of certain arm sales to Saudi Arabia. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches. The Senate will vote on the motion to discharge at approximately 2:25 p.m.
09:30am: Defense Budget Posture
10:00am: Justice Budget
10:00am: Prescription Drug Delivery System
10:00am: State Department Budget
10:00am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: Budget Request and Revenue Proposal
10:30am: Agriculture Budget
02:30pm: Pending Legislation
02:30pm: State Department Budget
02:30pm: Sponsored Cyberspace Threats
02:30pm: Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Programs
02:30pm: Pending Legislation
02:30pm: Russian Election Interference
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 2581) that would prohibit the advance payment of health care premium tax credits to individuals until their citizenship or legal presence in the country has been verified. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (S 1094) that would expand the ability of the VA to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct.
10:00am: Small Watershed Infrastructure
10:00am: Wireless Technology Security
10:00am: Supreme Court’s TC Heartland Decision
10:00am: U.S.-Saudi Relationship
10:00am: ICE and CBP Budgets
10:30am: Internet of Things Opportunities/Challenges
02:00pm: Justice Department Budget
02:00pm: Lawsuit Abuse/Telephone Consumer Protection Act
03:00pm: Reducing Healthcare Liability Burden
Five things to watch in Sessions hearing
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is stepping into the middle of a political firestorm as he faces lawmakers for the first time since President Trump’s surprise decision to fire James Comey as FBI director last month.
Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, setting up another Capitol Hill media frenzy just days after Comey’s bombshell testimony.
Comey’s remarks last week about Sessions – including about a potential third meeting between Sessions and a top Russian official – are threatening to drag the attorney general deeper into the controversy surrounding potential contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Senate strikes bipartisan deal to boost Russia sanctions
Senior Senators in both parties on Monday night reached a bipartisan deal to add new sanctions on Russia and allow Congress to disapprove of any attempt by President Trump to ease penalties on Moscow the most significant GOP-backed constraint on the White House so far this year.
The agreement negotiated by Foreign Relations and Banking Committee leaders in both parties, with the involvement of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), allows both parties to claim a measure of victory – delivering a legislative win for McConnell while fulfilling the three basic goals Schumer had outlined for a Russia sanctions measure.
Trump Weighs Slowing Cuba Opening with Curbs on U.S. Tourists
President Donald Trump plans to follow through on a campaign promise by rolling back the Obama administration’s effort to open Cuba to U.S. tourism and trade, with new limits being considered on travel and investment by U.S. companies.
Trump’s advisers are preparing options including curbs on American travel to the island and restricting partnerships between U.S. companies and entities with ties to the Cuban military, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Final options haven’t yet been presented to Trump, though a decision is expected before a visit by the U.S. president to Miami on Friday. The people familiar with the plans, both outside the White House, spoke on condition of anonymity because discussions are ongoing.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday declined to describe Trump’s plans for President Barack Obama’s Cuba liberalization policy. “When we have an announcement on the president’s schedule we’ll let you know,” he told reporters.
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