Congressional Climate September 6th, 2017
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in Texas
Irma Strengthens To Category 5 Hurricane
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00 p.m.: Reconvene and begin a period of morning business.
5:00 p.m.: Move to executive session.
5:30 p.m.: Vote on confirmation of the nomination of Timothy J. Kelly to be U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia.
2:00 p.m.: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the “Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018.”
House Floor Schedule
2:00 p.m.: Reconvene for legislative business and consider measures under suspension of the rules.
Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.: The Committee on Rules will meet to formulate a rule on H.R.3354, The “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018.
Dem whip asks Ryan to allow floor votes on DACA this week
The second-ranking House Democrat urged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday to allow votes on Democratic proposals to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation after President Trump moved to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.
More than 900 amendments have been filed to a government spending package the House is slated to begin considering on Wednesday.Several of those amendments were authored by Democrats to prohibit the use of funds to deport DACA recipients.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called on Ryan to allow votes on the proposals to protect DACA, along with other amendments to prohibit the Trump administration from using funds to weaken implementation of ObamaCare or undermine the Voting Rights Act.
Mandatory evacuations set to begin in Florida over Hurricane Irma
Officials in the Florida Keys are set to order tourists to evacuate the islands Wednesday, with another evacuation directive for residents expected soon as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the peninsula.
“If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it,” Martin Senterfitt, the emergency management director for Monroe County, said in a statement. “The sooner people leave, the better.”
The mandatory evacuation order for visitors is set to begin Wednesday morning at sunrise and comes as concerns grow over Irma’s possible path, which appears aimed at south Florida.
MacArthur: Agreement reached with House Freedom Caucus chair on health plan
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) says he has reached an agreement with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on the terms for a bill aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare markets.
MacArthur, who is more centrist than Meadows and previously worked with him on a deal for ObamaCare repeal legislation, says he has reached agreement with Meadows on the outline of a proposal, though some details need to be worked out.
This proposal is far different from their repeal efforts, focusing on the stabilization of markets while giving states more flexibility to repeal ObamaCare regulations.
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