Congressional Climate October 5th, 2017
President Trump Addresses Media in Las Vegas
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
9:30am – SR-328A
Environment and Public Works
9:30am – SD-406
9:30am – SD-419
10:00am – SD-215
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430
10:00am – SD-226
11:00am – SH-216
2:00pm – SH-219
2:30pm – SD-419
House Floor Schedule
9:00am: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 9:45am-10:45am. Last votes expected 11:30am-12:30pm.
9:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB
9:15am – 2128 Rayburn HOB
Energy and Commerce
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
House rejects Democratic Budget Alternatives
The House on Wednesday voted down two budget alternatives offered by two key Democratic factions as Republicans move forward with their proposal this week to establish a vehicle for tax reform.
Substitute budgets offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus were both defeated in late evening votes. The House is expected to adopt the House GOP budget on Thursday.
Both proposals to spend more money on social safety net programs stood in contrast to the House GOP budget, which would increase military spending and call for $203 billion in cuts to mandatory spending, including anti-poverty and agriculture programs. Neither budget would balance, but proponents say they would help reduce the deficit over time.
Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles
Bipartisan negotiations over an extension of children’s health insurance are veering off course, raising doubts that legislation can be passed quickly.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) played hardball on Wednesday, saying a fix for ObamaCare that is being negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) should be attached to the children’s health funding bill.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) ripped Schumer’s move.
“We should not jeopardize vulnerable children’s health insurance coverage by turning the bill into a Christmas tree and adding controversial policies like bailing out insurance companies,” Hatch said in a statement.
Key GOP senators open to ‘bump stock’ ban
Top Senate Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning devices that were reportedly used to gun down scores of people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
Bump stocks – also known as “slide fire” devices, which work by rapidly “bumping” the trigger of a semi-automatic weapon to boost the rate of fire – were reportedly used by Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people and wound more than 500 in Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre.
No Republican has yet joined Democrats in endorsing a bill targeting bump stocks, but their comments suggest a potential shift in the party’s typically hard-line opposition to gun control measures.
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