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President Trump Leads a Tribal, State, and Local Energy Roundtable
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 11 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Neomi Rao to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. The Senate will take a cloture vote on the nomination at noon.
09:00am: Pending Business
09:00am: Giancarlo Nomination/Pesticide Registration
09:30am: Farm Bill/Conservation and Forestry
10:00am: Housing Finance Reform
10:00am: NASA Budget
10:00am: Pending Nominations/Human Trafficking Legislation
10:00am: Intelligence Matters
10:15am: Senate Sergeant at Arms/Capitol Police Budget
12:00pm: Pending Business
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 3003) that would prohibit state and local governments, and penalize them if they do, from implementing policies that prevent immigration status inquiries and that prevent a government entity from complying with immigration laws or from assisting or cooperating with immigration law enforcement authorities, and a bill (HR 3004) that would strengthen penalties for unlawful immigrants convicted of illegal reentry, including those who have a prior criminal record.
09:00am: Ongoing Intelligence Activities
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:00am: Federal Land Oil/Gas Development
10:00am: Small Business Fixed Asset Loan Program
10:00am: In-Space Propulsion
10:00am: International Antitrust Enforcement Trends
10:00am: Pending Business
10:00am: Pending Legislation
10:30am: Legislative Branch/Defense Appropriations
11:30am: Pending Legislation
02:00pm: Pending Legislation
02:00pm: Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations
03:00pm: Financial Services-General Government Appropriations
Trump’s travel ban to go into effect Thursday
President Trump’s travel ban is going into effect Thursday at 8 p.m., according to multiple reports.
The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request earlier this week to reinstate part of the travel ban meant to temporarily block people from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Foreign nationals can enter the country if they have a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” in the U.S.
Corker: Russia sanctions fight devolves into ‘total silliness’
The House and Senate are still at odds over a Russia sanctions bill that passed in the Senate last week, in a dispute that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker described Wednesday as “total silliness.”
The two chambers are quarreling over technical changes that the House Republicans say need to be made in the bill, which passed the Senate 98-2.
But Democrats are charging that the Trump administration is pushing the House to delay the measure because it’s opposed to further sanctions on Russia, as well as language in the bill that would give Congress the ability to review any loosening of sanctions.
“I suspect that the administration does not want this bill to see the light of day because the President always seems to be protecting Vladimir Putin and the Russians,” Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told CNN. “If he didn’t act this way then some of the suspicion might go away, but when he acts this way it makes you even more suspicious.”
What GOP Holdouts Want Before Unblocking the Health Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to win over Republican holdouts on his health-care bill after facing a revolt from conservatives and moderates who weren’t ready to act this week.
Some of the holdouts may be easier to persuade than others. A few announced their opposition to his draft bill only after he delayed a planned vote. But others are more dug in.
Several conservatives say the bill doesn’t go nearly far enough in dismantling Obamacare. Moderates worry about the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion, as well as the Congressional Budget Office estimate that 22 million fewer Americans would have health care in a decade under the bill, H.R. 1628.
Republicans started closed-door talks on possible changes Wednesday, following a meeting with President Donald Trump a day earlier. The aim is to produce a deal by Friday so the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office can use next week’s July 4 recess to produce a new analysis that will be crucial in rounding up the 50 votes needed to pass the bill.
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