Congressional Climate November 2, 2017
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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Allison H. Eid to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
Energy and Natural Resources
9:30am – SD-366
10:00am – SD-G50
10:00am – SD-226
2:00pm – SH-219
House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Last votes expected 4:45pm – 5:45pm.
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB
Tax bill will not seek repeal of individual health insurance mandate
The tax reform bill to be released Thursday will not include a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, sources say, despite President Trump proposing the idea on Wednesday.
Repealing the mandate would introduce a whole new area of controversy into the bill, and many Republicans think tax reform is hard enough without adding in health care.
Still, it is possible the idea could come back down the road, given that some Republicans are still pushing.
GOP tax bill puts ceiling on mortgage interest deduction on new homes
The House GOP tax bill to be released on Thursday keeps the mortgage-interest deduction for newly-purchased homes, but puts a ceiling on it of $500,000.
The provisions is sure to draw opposition from the housing industry, which has long touted the deduction as a critical component of the U.S. economy that helps people become home owners.
It could also draw opposition from lawmakers representing higher-costs areas of the country, where homes can run much more than $500,000.
Trump officials approve Medicaid waivers for opioid treatment
The Trump administration approved Medicaid waivers in Utah and New Jersey to help improve access to treatment for opioid addiction, according to the states’ governors.
The waivers were the first to be approved under a new policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will allow states to design demonstration projects to let Medicaid to pay for opioid use disorder treatments.
CMS called for more states to apply in a Nov. 1 letter to Medicaid directors.
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