Congressional Climate June 28, 2017
Video of the Day
President Trump Visits Kirkwood Community College
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at noon and will resume consideration of Neomi Rao to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.
08:30am: Glawe Nomination
09:00am: Defense Authorization Act
09:30am: Pending Nominations
10:00am: Grady/Kerner Nominations
10:00am: Bradbury/Walsh Nominations
10:00am: North Korea Developments
10:00am: Russian Intervention in Europe Elections
10:00am: Pending Business
10:30am: Veterans Appeals Improvement
02:30pm: Army Corps of Engineers/Bureau of Reclamation
TBA: Green Nomination/Foreign Service List
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1215) that would limit damages and the time when lawsuits must be filed for certain medical malpractice lawsuits and take a final vote on one bill previously debated under suspension of the rules (HR 1500).
10:00am: Ongoing Intelligence Activities
10:00am: Defense Authorization Act
10:00am: Education Research and Protecting Student Privacy
10:00am: Litigation Against the Interior Department
10:00am: Future of Material Science
10:00am: Federal Reserve’s Economic Impacts
10:00am: U.S. Interests in the U.N.
10:00am: Agricultural Appropriations
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:00am: Pending Business
11:00am: Energy and Water Appropriations
01:00pm: Recidivism Reduction
02:00pm: Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Compliance
CNN war with Trump gets personal
President Trump’s war with CNN took an even more personal turn on Tuesday after the White House used its press briefing to tout a hidden camera video calling the cable news network’s coverage of the Russia controversy “bullshit.”
The undercover video from conservative sting artist James O’Keefe showed a CNN producer questioning the network’s coverage and suggesting important stories had been buried to keep the focus on Trump and Russia.
At Tuesday’s press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged viewers to watch the O’Keefe video, calling it “a disgrace to all of media, all of journalism.”
She also took a dig at CNN President Jeff Zucker, saying the sensationalism and disregard for facts was “coming directly from the top.”
Trump faces enormous test with healthcare bill
President Trump’s powers of persuasion were tested Tuesday afternoon as he met with Republican senators at the White House just hours after GOP leaders decided to postpone a pivotal vote on healthcare legislation.
The high-powered huddle came as one GOP strategist with close ties to the White House told The Hill that Trump had not yet fully engaged with the effort to pass a bill in the upper chamber.
The reason for hesitancy, the source said, was the realization that a delay was always likely in the ongoing effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
Kennedy Still in Control on Supreme Court as Divisive Issues Loom
The U.S. Supreme Court is ready to get back to normal. And that means Justice Anthony Kennedy is still in charge.
The justices closed their nine-month term this week with a new list of major cases they will hear — and without a retirement announcement from the 80-year-old Kennedy.
It sets up a 2017-18 term that will have a full complement of nine justices and a group of ideologically charged cases in which Kennedy is a good bet to cast the pivotal vote. Highlights include a fight over partisan gerrymandering, a clash pitting gay rights against religious freedoms, and the scheduled showdown over President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
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