Congressional Climate June 6th, 2017
Video of the Day
Health Care Listening Session with Women Entrepreneurs
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the CIA with a vote at 2:15 p.m. The Senate will then consider the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S 1094); following up to three hours of debate, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.
09:30am: Defense Authorization/Future Years
09:30am: Pending Business
10:00am: Hassett/Patenaude Nominations
10:00am: Homeland Security Budget
10:00am: Education Budget
02:15pm: Intelligence Matters
02:30pm: Marine Corps Ground Modernization
02:30pm: Military Construction/Family Housing Budget
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
05:00pm: Dodd-Frank Repeal/Border Agent Polygraph Requirement Elimination
Team Trump on offense ahead of Comey hearing
The White House is in full attack mode just a few days before former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill.
President Trump’s aides fanned out across the networks to rip Comey as an incompetent FBI director, sparred with news anchors and defended Trump on everything from the controversial immigration executive order to his response to the weekend terrorist attack in England.
The president started off the week with a blizzard of tweets that ignited battles with the mayor of London, the media, Democrats and his own Justice Department.
President’s tax reform push enters next phase
The White House is starting the next phase of its tax reform push with the expected launch of a formal set of listening sessions with industry groups.
Since the release of President Trump’s one-page tax plan in April, administration officials have been meeting with lawmakers as they work to flesh out the proposal. Now, the officials are branching out to meet with business leaders, who are eager to make their priorities known.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn are slated on Tuesday to hold a listening session focused on the transportation sector. White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said the meeting is about one of a dozen that the White House plans to hold this summer with business leaders from a variety of sectors of the economy.
“The industry listening sessions – combined with our meetings with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle – will help us develop a plan that everyone who wants to simplify the tax system and let middle-income Americans keep more of their hard-earned money can get behind,” she said.
Overnight Healthcare: Senate GOP eyes July vote on health bill
Senate Republican leaders will present options on an ObamaCare replacement bill at Tuesday’s GOP lunch meeting, as lawmakers get down to decision-making time on the bill.
Despite skepticism from some Republican lawmakers about whether a deal to get a bill to passage is possible, leaders are pushing forward and heading toward a vote on a bill, regardless of whether it has enough support to pass.
Senators and aides said leaders will present options on a healthcare bill to the Republican conference at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. Aides said they do not expect draft legislative text to be available then, but said the presentation of options will help narrow down final decisions and move toward that stage.
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