With this vote, the tax bill is at about the halfway mark to becoming law. Here's what's ahead:
Conference committees are set up when the House and Senate have passed two different versions of a bill. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution requires that both chambers pass the exact same language before a bill can be presented for the President’s signature and become law.
In the Senate
The Senate will vote this week on the $36.5 billion House-passed disaster relief bill – H.R.2266, Emergency Supplemental – with a cloture vote on Monday and final passage on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The bill includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund, $16.0 billion for National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness, $1.2 billion for nutrition assistance and $576.5 million to address wildfires in the western United States.
This week the House will take up the Senate-passed FY19 budget deal, including language setting up the process for tax reform via reconciliation.
The Senate measure would allow debt to increase by $1.5 trillion,
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on Saturday. Congress will act this week to reauthorize the program that provides health care for 9 million children.
This week: Congress will start work on the FY2018 Budget resolution, setting up the process for tax reform via reconciliation.
In the Senate
The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of FCC chairman Ajit Pai.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate Budget Committee will mark up the FY18 Budget resolution
In the House:
The House will vote Tuesday on a bill to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks:
Senate is in at 10 AM.
House is in at 3 for legislative business with first and last votes between 4:30 – 5:30 PM. Votes on:
House is in at 10 AM for morning hour, noon for legislative business. First votes between 1:15 – 2:15 PM, last votes between 4 – 5 PM. Vote on Smith bill to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV).
Senate is in at 10 AM to resume work on the FY18 NDAA (S. 1516).
In a notably amicable and substantive debate, Sens. Graham [R, SC], Cassidy [R, LA], Klobuchar [D, MN], and Sanders [I, VT] debated healthcare on CNN
President Trump will travel Tuesday to Puerto Rico,
House in at noon for morning hour and 2 PM for legislative business. Votes at 6:30 PM on suspension bills:
The House was out this week.
All eyes were on inter-GOP negotiations in the Senate on the Graham-Cassidy amendment to the House health bill. With statements of opposition from two key GOP senators, the amendment appears on shaky ground; losing one more Republican vote would doom it.
This week: the Senate will take its last shot on health care before reconciliation authority (allowing a vote without the 60-vote filibuster) expires September 30.
House will vote on bills to reauthorize the FAA, tax preferences for those in hurricane recovery zones, and reauthorize information and human rights program targeting North Korea.
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Last week, Republican leaders went all-in on the Graham-Cassidy amendment.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to bring the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor Wednesday. Republicans dropped the bipartisan effort to shore up insurance markets that had been progressing in the Senate HELP Committee.
Though CBO still scoring, report from independent group Avalere Health estimates the bill would cut funding from 35 states, pull $215 bilion out of the health system, and lead to a 2027 “fiscal cliff”
The Graham-Cassidy push officially killed the bipartisan HELP Committee effort yesterday after Speaker Ryan and the White House went all-in
Swing vote Sen Collins [R,
Senate is in at 10, with a vote at 11 on nomination of Noel J. Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States.
Senators hold weekly caucus meetings at 2:15 PM.
VP Pence is returning from UN festivities early so he can join the Senate GOP caucus meeting today to talk Graham-Cassidy
Reconciliation authority turns into a pumpkin countdown clock: 12 Days
“Bare-bones” CBO assessment coming next week, full report will not be available before September 30 deadline
Even if G-C makes it through the Senate, House passage is not 100% assured
Senate is in at 3 PM, with first votes at 5:30 PM on the McCain-Reed substitute amendment #1003 to the NDAA, cloture, and passage.
In the spotlight this week: Graham-Cassidy health bill, last attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare before FY2017 reconciliation process expires September 30
The bill reduces and redistributes federal health care money to the states
Majority Leader McConnell said he will bring it to the floor for a vote if it has support of 50 Republicans
Senate Democrats issued a “red alert” over the weekend
Senate HELP committee attempt to pass fix to stabilize insurance markets running into classic Senate roadblock: jurisdiction battles
Also up this week: the one bill that always finds a way to become a law
Budget hawks facing headwinds going into tax reform discussions
Overheard in DC: Of course NYTimes reporter was at the next table while Trump lawyers had revealing conversation about internal rifts,