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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.

Committee Hearings
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
9:30 AM – SH-216

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
9:30 AM – SD-562

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

10:00 AM – SD-226

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
10:15 AM – SD-342

House Floor Schedule
9:00 a.m.: legislative business.
First and last votes expected: 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Committee Hearings
Tech Talks: How SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs Have Evolved with Technology
10:00 AM
Host: Committee on Small Business

House passes $1.2T government funding package for 2018

The House on Thursday completed its work on the annual appropriations bills for 2018, ahead of expected negotiations at the end of this year to keep the government funded.

By a vote of 211-198, the House passed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to fund wide swaths of the federal government, ranging from the Department of Homeland Security to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“This is a big day,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, touting the House’s use of regular order to pass the 12 bills.

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Senate Health panel aims for deal on stabilizing markets early next week

The Senate’s health panel intends to craft a bipartisan bill to stabilize the insurance markets by early next week, enabling the full Senate to pass it by the end of the month, according to Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

Alexander laid out the goal Thursday during the Health Committee’s fourth hearing on stabilizing the markets ahead of a Sept. 27 deadline for insurers to sign contracts to sell plans on, with open enrollment beginning Nov. 1. Last week, Alexander said he’d hoped for a deal by the end of this week.

In his opening remarks, Alexander laid out the main themes that emerged in the three previous hearings, and it’s expected that these could be included in a stabilization package:

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Ryan: ‘There is no agreement’ on DACA

Shortly after speaking with President Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday there is still “no agreement” with Democrats on how to help thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

“There is no agreement. The president and [his] chief of staff called me from Air Force One today to discuss what was discussed, and it was a discussion, not an agreement or a negotiation,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference.

“These were discussions, not negotiations. This isn’t an agreement,” he said.

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