Trump: ‘I would absolutely blame the Democrats’ if there was a government shutdown

Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
12:00pm: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

Committee Hearings
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
9:30am – SD-430

Environment and Public Works
10:00am – SD-406

10:00am – SD-226

Joint Economic Committee
10:00am – 1100 Longworth HOB

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:30am – SR-253

Veterans’ Affairs
2:30pm – SR-418

3:00pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.

Committee Hearings
Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
10:00am – 2362-A Rayburn HOB

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
10:00am – 2007 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Subcommittee Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB

10:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB

Natural Resources
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy
10:15am – 2322 Rayburn HOB

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
11:00am – 2362-B Rayburn HOB

Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
2:00pm – 2172 Rayburn HOB

Financial Services and General Government
2:00pm – 2358-C Rayburn HOB

Financial Services
Multiple Subcommittees
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB

3:00pm – H-313 Capitol

Natural Resources
4:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB

Senate Republicans round up more votes for tax plan

One by one, the GOP holdouts on the Senate tax bill are falling into place for Republican leadership.

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who had raised concerns about the tax measure’s red ink, said Wednesday morning that he would support the overhaul, particularly with a backstop measure meant to help guard against a ballooning deficit. Lankford’s support comes after another wavering GOP senator — Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas — said he would back the bill, too.

“I want to see the good economic growth that’s coming with it,” Lankford said on CBS on Wednesday. “But I also want to make sure that we’re protecting future taxpayers as well, in debt and deficit.”

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Lawmakers, conservative groups don’t want ‘trigger’ in tax bill

Some GOP senators and outside conservative groups are raising concerns about the potential inclusion of a “trigger” in the Senate tax bill if the measure fails to meet economic growth projections.

GOP deficit hawks in the Senate have been pushing for a backstop that would scale back tax cuts if they add more to the deficit than Republicans expect. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he has reached an agreement with leadership to include a trigger in the bill, though he did not provide any details about the provision.

But others are wary of automatic tax increases.

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Trump backs bipartisan fixes to ObamaCare markets

President Trump at a closed-door meeting with GOP senators on Tuesday said he would support two proposals meant to stabilize ObamaCare’s insurance markets in exchange for a repeal of the law’s individual mandate, several Republicans in attendance said.

The two bills would fund key ObamaCare insurer payments, and provide billions to help states create reinsurance programs for high-cost patients.

Passage of the measures could prove crucial to winning support for the Senate tax bill, which includes repeal of ObamaCare’s mandate, from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

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