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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the legislative vehicle for a fiscal 2017 spending omnibus (HR 244).
HR 244- Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
09:30am: US Special Operations Command
10:00am Electromagnetic Pulse Threats
10:00am: National Flood Insurance Program
10:00am: International Development/Private Sector Engagement
10:30am: Veterans Affairs Telemedicine
02:00pm: Intelligence Matters
House Floor Schedule
The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business and is expected to take a final vote on a bill (HR 1644) previously debated under suspension of the rules. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 2192) that would eliminate the exemption from state waivers under the AHCA as amended by the MacArthur amendment for members of Congress and congressional staff. The House is also expected to complete consideration of a bill (HR 1628) that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
HR 1644 – Korean Interdiction & Modernization of Sanctions Act
HR 2192 – A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non application of certain State Waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff
HR 1628 – American Health Care Act
10:00am: Church Free Speech
10:30am: Financial Accountability Reform
01:00pm: Ongoing Intelligence Activities
Congressional exception from GOP healthcare plan to be addressed separately
As Republicans rush to vote on their latest ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, it appears to still include an item exempting members of Congress and their staffs from losing the healthcare bill’s popular provisions.
House GOP leaders worked Wednesday night to fast-track consideration of an amended American Health Care Act without posting the bill text and without a Congressional Budget Office analysis detailing the effects of the latest changes to the legislation.
After Vox reported that the bill appeared to still include the exemption for lawmakers, Rep. Tom MacArthur’s (R-N.J.) office said separate legislation would close that loophole.
GOP Sets Do-Or-Die Vote to Deliver on Obamacare Repeal Promise
Seven years of Republican promises to replace Obamacare will be kept alive or dealt a potential death blow Thursday in a dramatic House vote on an embattled health bill, with big political risks for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.
House leaders and administration officials expressed confidence Wednesday night that they have just enough votes to pass the measure, which is set for an early-afternoon vote in Washington. But with a number of GOP moderates still voicing reservations about the bill, Ryan and other party leaders have a razor-thin margin of error.
“Would you have confidence? We’re going to pass it,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told reporters Wednesday night.
The sudden enthusiasm belied the past six weeks of gut-wrenching uncertainty over the fate of the GOP health-care bill, which featured intense pressure from Trump and his top aides to hold the vote, despite doubts about the depth of support.
The success — or failure — of the GOP’s vote will be the most significant test yet for both Trump and Republican leaders in Congress, who have very little to show by way of legislative accomplishments so far this year.
Decision Day for Obamacare Repeal
It’s judgment day for the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
House Republicans will huddle Thursday morning for what amounts to a last-minute pep rally to buck up colleagues as they prepare to take a vote to remake health insurance for millions of Americans. If recent history is a guide, it’s a vote that will be career-changing – and perhaps career-ending – for many of the lawmakers who take it.
“I’ll take around 2,000 votes this Congress. Most of them will be forgotten,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) said late Wednesday. “This is not one of those votes. This vote marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare as we know it.”
Though Republican leaders insisted Wednesday they’ve secured the 216 votes needed to pass their bill, the roll call will still be nerve-racking. At least 16 Republicans are still on record rejecting the proposal and about a dozen more are undecided. House leaders can afford only 22 defections, since Democrats will vote en masse against the proposal.
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