Congressional Climate September 12th, 2017
Surveying Hurricane Irma’s Damage in Southwest Florida
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
10:00 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
9:30 AM – SD-419
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
10:00 AM – SD-538
10:00 AM – SD-215
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00 AM – SD-430
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
10:00 AM – SD-226
Joint Economic Committee
10:00 AM – SH-216
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
10:15 AM – SD-342
2:30 PM – SH-219
Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
2:40 PM – SR-253
Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy
3:00 PM – SD-366
House Floor Schedule
10:00 a.m.: Meet for morning hour 12:00 p.m.: Meet for legislative business.
Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Hearing: Sanctions Diplomacy and Information: Pressuring North Korea
10:00 AM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Foreign Affairs
Hearing: RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING
10:00 AM | 2157 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing: Legislative Hearing on the SHARE Act
10:00 AM | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Host: Committee on Natural Resources
Hearing: 21st Century Trade Barriers: Protectionist Cross Border Data Flow Policies’ Impact on U.S. Jobs
10:15 AM | 2322 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
Hearing: Occupational Licensing: Regulation and Competition
2:00 PM | 2141 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on the Judiciary | Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
Hearing: Securing the Peace After the Fall of ISIL
2:00 PM | 2212 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Armed Services | Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing: Joint Hearing entitled “Examining the Relationship Between Prudential Regulation and Monetary Policy at the Federal Reserve”
2:00 PM | 2128 Rayburn HOB
Host: Committee on Financial Services | Multiple Subcommittees
Hearing: H.R. 3697 Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act
5:00 PM | H-313 CAPITOL
Host: Committee on Rules
McConnell: No December debt ceiling vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that Congress won’t vote again this year to raise the debt ceiling.
“It does not eliminate the extraordinary measures that the Treasury secretary had always had,” McConnell told reporters. “It doesn’t mean that we won’t address the debt ceiling in the future.”
But the vote “will not be in December,” he explained.
Trump unlikely to demand border wall for Dreamers bill
President Donald Trump is sending public and private signals that he is ready to deal on legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants and won’t demand funding for a border wall.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Trump told her in private that he would sign the Dream Act — a bill that would provide a path to permanent legal status for so-called Dreamers — and that he wants “some border security.” Meanwhile, a top White House aide indicated Tuesday that the Trump administration would not insist that legislation codifying protections for Dreamers be tied to border wall funding.
“We’ve been very clear: There is no wall in our DACA future. It’s just not going to happen,” Pelosi said in a small roundtable with reporters, recounting her conversations with Trump. “I think it’s immoral, I think it’s expensive and ineffective. And so we’re not going to that place.”
Where Dems stand on Sanders’s single-payer bill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to release his long-awaited “Medicare for all” bill Wednesday afternoon with the backing of several prominent Democrats.
Sanders has championed single-payer healthcare for decades, but the idea is catching fire among Democrats following his strong run for the White House in 2016. Several Democrats who could run for the White House in 2020 — a category that includes Sanders — are expected to appear at the bill’s unveiling.
Still, not everyone is on board with the Sanders plan. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for instance, on Tuesday said she is focused on protecting ObamaCare.
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