Congressional Climate March 27, 2017
Video of the Day
President Trump Participates in a Meeting with Medal of Honor Recipients
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. and is expected to resume consideration of a protocol to allow Montenegro to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (TD 114-12). The chamber is scheduled to take a cloture vote on the treaty at 5:30 p.m.
Treaty Doc 114-12 – Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, which was opened for signature at Brussels on May 19, 2016, and signed that day on behalf of the United States of America.
12:00 p.m.: Gorsuch/Pending Nominations
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.
HR 1117 – A bill to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.
HR 1214 – Disaster Simplified Assistance Value Enhancement (SAVE) Act
HR 654 – Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act
5:00 p.m.: EPA Science/FCC Broadband Privacy
Senate committee to question Kushner over Russian meetings: report
The Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly question Jared Kushner as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.The committee wants to question Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and one of his close advisers, about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, The New York Times reported.
According to the Times, the White House Counsel’s office was told this month about the panel’s request. The White House has previously acknowledged a December meeting at Trump Tower between Kushner, Kislyak and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Discussions at that meeting reportedly focused on the potential of better relations between the U.S. and Russia.
Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts
Picking themselves up after the bruising collapse of their health care plan, President Trump and Republicans in Congress will start this week on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more arduous: the first overhaul of the tax code in three decades. Mr. Trump’s inability to make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act has made the already daunting challenge of tax reform even more difficult.
Not only has Mr. Trump’s aura of political invincibility been shattered, but without killing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will be unable to rewrite the tax code in the sweeping fashion that the president has called for. The grand plans of lower rates, fewer loopholes and a tax on imports may have to be scaled back to a big corporate tax cut and possibly an individual tax cut.
A lot of people think Mr. Trump might go for this to get an easy win. “They have to have a victory here,” said Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation economist who advised Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. “But it is going to have to be a bit less ambitious rather than going for the big bang.”
Trump to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push
President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change. The document lays out a broad blueprint for the Trump administration to dismantle the architecture that former President Barack Obama built to combat the phenomenon, according to details shared with Bloomberg News.
Some of the changes would happen immediately, while others would take years to complete. The order will compel federal agencies to quickly identify any actions that could burden the production or use of domestic energy resources, including nuclear power, and then work to suspend, revise or rescind the policies unless they are legally mandated, are necessary for the public interest or promote development. It also will toss out two Obama-era directives that gave consideration of climate change a prominent role in federal rule making.
One advised government agencies to factor climate change into environmental reviews, such as those governing where oil drilling should take place. The other, called the “social cost of carbon,” is a metric reflecting the potential economic damage from climate change that was used by the Obama administration to justify a suite of regulations.
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