Congressional Climate October 11th, 2017
President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
No Committee Hearings Scheduled.
House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Last votes expected 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB
Committee on Natural Resources
10:00am – 1334 Longworth HOB
Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB
10:00am – 1300 Longworth HOB
10:30am – 1310 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
2:00pm – 2200 Rayburn HOB
Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Operations
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB
2:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB
4:00pm – 1334 Longworth HOB
ObamaCare enrollment groups likely to decrease services after Trump funding cuts
Local and state groups that help with ObamaCare enrollment say they will likely have to reduce their services following funding cuts from the Trump administration.
Funding for the “navigator” groups, which provide outreach, education and enrollment assistance, was cut in half this year for being “ineffective,” Trump officials have said.
Now most of the navigator programs say they will have to limit their services this year, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
House committee plans multiple hearings on Kaspersky
The House Science Committee is now planning to hold a series of hearings on software produced by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, The Hill has learned.
The detail comes in the wake of reports that the Russian government exploited the company’s antivirus software in an effort to spy on the United States, and signals an expansion of the congressional committee’s inquiry into the risk that Kaspersky software poses to U.S. information systems.
The House Science Committee initially planned to hold a hearing on Kaspersky on Sept. 27, an announcement that was made after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved to bar federal agencies and departments from using the company’s products over potential national security concerns. Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s CEO, was initially slated to testify.
Trump to focus on truckers in tax-reform pitch
President Trump plans to gear his tax-reform pitch Wednesday in Pennsylvania to truckers, arguing that his plans to make business tax changes will put more money in people’s pockets.
“We will eliminate the penalty on returning future earnings back to the United States. And we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America — where it belongs,” Trump plans to say, according to an excerpt provided by the White House.
“My Council of Economic Advisors estimates that this change, along with a lower rate, would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise,” he will say, according to the excerpt.
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