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Weekly Update

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (Oct. 23-26, 2017)

Senate takes up disaster relief.

House votes on the Senate-passed budget, setting up the process for tax reform.


 

This Week Ahead in Congress

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. 

 


 

In the House:


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,

Weekly Update

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (Oct. 2-6, 2017)

 

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.


 

This Week Ahead in Congress


In the Senate

The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will mark up a bill (S. 1827) to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired September 30.

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:

 

  • H.R. 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
    Sponsor: 

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 27, 2017)


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:
 

  • S. 327: Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017
    Sponsor: Sen. Dean Heller [R, NV]
    Directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish and implement a "safe harbor" for reports on ETF funds
  • H.R. 3229: To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports
    Sponsor: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D, NY-8]
  • H.Res. 311: Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia
    Sponsor:  Rep. Joaquin Castro [D, TX-20]
  • H.R. 3823: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017
    The bill combines temporary tax relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey,

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 26, 2017)


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).

 


ICYMI

 

  • Graham-Cassidy health bill got a partial CBO score yesterday along with its third Republican “no” (Sen. Collins [R, ME] joined Sens. McCain [R, AZ] and Paul [R, KY])

  • At Senate Finance hearing, protesters were lined up around the building

  • 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

  • What’s next for health care? Back to a reconciliation strategy for FY19 budget?

  • President Trump will travel Tuesday to Puerto Rico,

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 25, 2017)


House in at noon for morning hour and 2 PM for legislative business. Votes at 6:30 PM on suspension bills:

  • H.R. ____: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (DRAFT TEXT)
    The bill combines temporary tax relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria with a six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization and taxes.
  • H.Res. 311: Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia
    Sponsor:  Rep. Joaquin Castro [D, TX-20]
  • S. 1141: Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017
    Sponsor: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D, NH]
    Requires the President to develop a strategy to promote the participation of women abroad in conflict prevention, management, resolution, and recovery. 
  • H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1]
  • H.R.

Weekly Update

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (September 24-28, 2017)

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.


Weekly Recap

 

Graham-Cassidy sputters; reconciliation window closes September 30


photo credit: The Atlantic


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.

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 20, 2017)


House and Senate are out today.


ICYMI

 

  • Not really breaking news: Graham-Cassidy health care bill is close (but not there yet); Sen. Graham [R, SC] says they have 50 Republican votes

  • Majority Leader McConnell [R, KY] not yet committed to a floor vote; Majority Whip Cornyn [R, TX] says still seeking consensus

  • 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”

  • Jimmy Kimmel weighed in; Sen. Cassidy responded (sort of)

  • The Graham-Cassidy push officially killed the bipartisan HELP Committee effort yesterday after Speaker Ryan and the White House went all-in

  • HELP Chairman Alexander [R, TN] announced that committee reached “no consensus” though Democrats say they had made significant concessions and were willing to keep working

  • Swing vote Sen Collins [R,

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 19, 2017)


House is out for district work period.

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.


ICYMI

 

  • President Trump will address the United Nations, expected to issue harsh warnings to Iran, North Korea; tweets that “some tricky things happening”

  • 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

  • Democrats now mounting full court press against the bill, but the “Medicare for All” press conference on same day G-C release was probably not the best strategy

  • Even if G-C makes it through the Senate, House passage is not 100% assured

  • Meanwhile,

Whats Up Washington

What’s Up Washington (Sept. 18, 2017)


House is out for district work period.

 

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.
 


 ICYMI

 

 

  • 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,

Weekly Update

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (September 18-22, 2017)


It was another week of "dealing" between President Trump and Congressional Democrats, as they reached agreement on the outlines of a DACA deal.

The House passed its spending bills, notably before the end of the fiscal year. Senate wrapped up its work on the Defense policy bill (NDAA), with vote coming next week.

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.


Weekly Recap

 

DACA Deal   ◆   Approps   ◆   NDAA  ◆   Graham-Cassidy ◆   Senate HELP bill  ◆   Medicare for All


photo credit: ABC News

President reached DACA agreement with Democrats

Catching both parties off-guard late Wednesday night,