Republican Senators Who May Oppose the Tax Bill

Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
12:00pm: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Gregory G. Katsas, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Committee Hearings
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
9:45am – SH-216

Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
10:00am – SD-406

Foreign Relations
10:00am – SD-419

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430

10:00am – SD-226

2:30pm – SD-608

2:30pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
12:00pm: House will meet for morning hour.
2:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
Votes postponed until 6:30pm.

Committee Hearings
Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security
10:00am – City Council Chambers, Trenton City Hall, Trenton, NJ

Oversight and Government Reform
12:30pm – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chevy Chase Auditorium, Baltimore, MD

5:00pm – H-313 Capitol

Trump: ‘I don’t see a deal’ to avoid a government shutdown

President Trump on Tuesday cast doubt on Washington’s ability to avoid a government shutdown, writing on Twitter that he didn’t believe a deal could be reached with Democrats.

The tweet came hours before Trump is to meet at the White House with GOP congressional leaders as well as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working,” Trump tweeted.

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Lawmakers making progress in talks on children’s health care

Congressional negotiators are making progress towards a bipartisan deal to reauthorize children’s health insurance and several other important health-care programs, sources say.

Staff from the relevant committees in both parties and chambers met over the Thanksgiving break and are getting closer to an agreement, according to lobbyists and aides.

The package would include funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers, and an extension of a range of other expiring Medicare programs. It could also include a bipartisan bill from the Senate Finance Committee known as the Chronic Care Act that seeks to make Medicare spending more efficient and save money.

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Mulvaney imposes temporary hiring, regulations freeze on CFPB

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Monday he has no immediate plans to dismantle the agency, but he nonetheless implemented a temporary freeze on hiring and new regulations.

“Rumors that I’m going to set the place on fire or blow it up or lock the doors are completely false,” Mulvaney, a longtime critic of the bureau, told reporters during a briefing at CFPB headquarters.

He insisted that his first day at the CFPB was “extraordinarily smooth and professional” despite an unfolding fight for control of the bureau between himself and Leandra English, who on Friday was appointed acting director by outgoing chief Richard Cordray.

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