Congressional Climate October 25, 2017
Senate repeals big bank arbitration clause, makes them harder to sue
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30am: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Subcommittee on SeaPower
9:15am – SVC-217
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
10:00am – SR-253
Environment and Public Works
10:00am – SD-406
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
10:00am – SVC-217
Joint Economic Committee
10:00am – Longworth HOB-1100
2:30pm – SD-628
2:30pm – SD-562
House Floor Schedule
10:00am: House will meet for morning hour.
12:00pm: House will meet for legislative business.
First votes expected: 1:30pm-2:30pm.
Last votes expected: 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:00am – 2358-C Rayburn HOB
Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Oversight
10:00am – 2318 Rayburn HOB
10:00am – 1324 Longworth HOB
Energy and Commerce
10:00am – 2123 Rayburn HOB
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
10:00am – 2128 Rayburn HOB
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
10:00am – 2172 Rayburn HOB
11:00am – 1310 Longworth HOB
11:00am – 2141 Rayburn HOB
Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
2:00pm – 2322 Rayburn HOB
2:00pm – 2128 Rayburn HOB
Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Operations
2:00pm – 2154 Rayburn HOB
2:00pm – 1324 Longworth HOB
Inside Trump’s meeting with Senate GOP
Senators arrived at their weekly lunch Tuesday prepared to witness a heavyweight bout between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) even brought popcorn.
But the meeting was largely free of turmoil, according to the senators who were in the room, though it included some memorable moments.
Corker’s name didn’t come up during the meeting, and the Tennessee senator didn’t use a question-and-answer session to confront Trump personally.
GOP Chairman: Deduction compromise to be announced before tax bill
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Wednesday he anticipates announcing a compromise on the state and local tax deduction before a bill rewriting the code is unveiled next week.
“I expect before the bill is laid out next week, that the solution will be announced,” Brady said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “It’s a work in progress but I think we’re making good progress.”
Congressional GOP leaders and the White House proposed eliminating the state and local deduction in a tax-reform framework they released last month. Doing so would help to raise revenue to pay for lower tax rates.
Groups in scramble to delay ObamaCare taxes
The medical device and insurance industries are fighting to stop ObamaCare taxes from taking effect now that it’s clear the law will remain on the books next year.
Industry sources say they’re optimistic and that momentum is growing. They point to new legislation released last week to delay the health insurance tax and a letter — with a lengthy list of signees — sent to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in favor of repealing the medical device tax.
But there isn’t much time.
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