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,
It was another week of "dealing" between President Trump and Congressional Democrats, as they reached agreement on the outlines of a DACA deal.
With the House out this week, all focus will be on the Senate and its multiple tracks on health care, including a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare (Graham-Cassidy), a bipartisan attempt to shore up insurance markets before plans are announced for 2018. Senate Democrats introduced a "Medicare for All" bill.
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Catching both parties off-guard late Wednesday night,
House and Senate are out.
“Path to citizenship” (included in DREAM Act) is most controversial
Hill Democrats mostly ok with “Schulosi”-Trump dynamic, for now
Sens. Alexander [R, TN] and Kaine [D, VA] take their bipartisan duet on the road this weekend, performing on the TN-VA line
Sen. Cassidy [R, LA] says he has 48-49 Republican votes locked in
What the bill does
President's tweets on morning attack in London “
House in at 9 AM for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected 10:30 – 11:30 PM, Last votes at 5 – 6 PM. Votes continue on nine amendments to the "minibus" multi-agency spending bill (H.R. 3284). House wilk also vote on the rule for Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697).
Senate in at 10 AM with continued consideration of FY18NDAA. Cloture does not "ripen" until Friday, but the Senate can agree to proceed to the NDAA today (if no senator ojects).
House in at 10 AM for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected 1:30 -2:30 PM, Last votes at 5 – 6 PM. Votes continue on 224 amendments to the "minibus" multi-agency spending bill.
Senate in at 10 AM with continued consideration of the motion to proceed to the FY18NDAA. Vote expected today on a motion to table the Paul amendment to sunset the current AUMF.
Senate Finance leaders Hatch [R, UT] and Wyden [D, OR] announce 5-year CHIP deal (State Children's’ Health Insurance Program)
House in at 10 AM for morning hour and noon for legislative business. Votes at 6:30 PM on a series of suspension bills.
Senate in at 10 AM to resume consideration of the FY18 NDAA. Weekly caucus meetings from 12:30 – 2:15 PM.
Yesterday the U.S. national debt hit $20 trillion for first time ever – made possible by debt ceiling deal reached last week
Majority Leader McConnell points out that “extraordinary measures” mean next debt ceiling coming well into 2018 (giving Democrats less December leverage than some predicted)
“One of the advantages of being the majority leader is you control the paper” [the bill text] – McConnell
Last night Sen. Paul [R, KY] held up Senate’s motion to proceed to NDAA as protest calling for vote to end current authorization for use of military force AUMF
In deal reached with McConnell,