President Trump pushes tax reform

Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00am: Convene and resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act.

Committee Hearings
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
10:00am – SD-538

10:00am – SD-215

Foreign Relations
10:00am – SD-419

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
2:30pm – SR-253

2:30pm – SH-219

House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 1:15pm–2:15pm.
Last votes expected: 4:30pm–5:30pm.

Committee Hearings
10:00am – 2358-C Rayburn HOB

Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Research and Technology
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Operations
10:00am – 2154 Rayburn HOB

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

Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB

Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
2:00pm – HVC-210 CAPITOL

Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Technology
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB

3:00pm – H-313 CAPITOL
Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting

President Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time since taking over the White House.

The meeting, which will take place Tuesday during the caucus’s weekly policy lunch, is slated to focus on an increasingly crowded end-of-the-year agenda and rally Republicans to unify as they enter a make-or-break stretch on tax reform.

But the caucus powwow could also test Trump’s ability to stay on message as he comes face to face with some of his most vocal GOP critics, including Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who sparred with then-candidate Trump during last year’s caucus meeting.

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Frenzy builds as tax legislation nears

The frenzy over a Republican tax bill is escalating in Washington as the release of legislative details becomes more imminent.

Draft legislation is expected soon after the House clears the Senate’s budget resolution, scheduled for Thursday. President Trump and GOP lawmakers hope to get a bill enacted by the end of the year so they can claim a victory ahead of the midterm elections.

As legislation is being finalized, Trump and other key players are stepping up their sales efforts. At the same time, lobbyists eagerly await the details and are pushing back against various proposals that they’ve heard could be on the table.

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Republicans quietly craft Dreamers deal

Key Senate Republicans have begun privately discussing the contours of an immigration plan to shield the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who will lose work permits and deportation protections starting early next year.

Preliminary talks show that influential GOP senators are eager to devise a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that could pass muster with both Democrats and President Donald Trump, who said he will start winding down the Obama-era program in March to force lawmakers to come up with a permanent DACA measure with significant border security and enforcement provisions attached.

In an interview, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has convened a working group on immigration that includes himself and GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma, as well as other lawmakers. Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Jeff Flake of Arizona also are among the Republicans who have been engaged in the talks, according to sources.

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