What’s Up Washington (Sept. 25, 2017)

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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. 1235: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-1]
  • S. 810: To facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri
    Sponsor: Sen. Roy Blunt [R, MO]
  • H.R. __ – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017 

Senate is in at 4 PM with a 5:30 vote on the nomination of William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).



  • Sponsors circulated a new version of Graham-Cassidy on Sunday in an attempt to reach 50 votes, with some extra love for Alaska, Maine, Arizona and Kentucky [TEXT | STATE-BY-STATE IMPACT]

  • By now you know that the president went to war with NFL on Friday, saying that if a player kneels during that National Anthem, team owners “should fire the son of a b–”

  • That was not the only unscripted line of the speech

  • #TakeaKnee started in 2016 when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit (and, later, to kneel) during the National Anthem, explaining: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”

  • In solidarity, more NFL players “took a knee,” joined by coaches, owners, and colleagues locking arms; some teams remained in locker room during National Anthem

  • NFL aired “Inside These Lines” video and commissioner Roger Goodell said he was proud of the league’s response

  • Singer Stevie Wonder took both knees at the Global Citizen Festival “to pray for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe."

  • It’s the 60th anniversary of the “Little Rock Nine,” when Eisenhower sent in Army paratroopers to escort nine African-American students through an angry mob to desegregate Central High School

  • 1954 Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court decision held that “separate but equal” schools were unconstitutional, calling for an end to segregation “with all deliberate speed”

  • Sybil Johnson, one of the nine, tells her amazing story about playing (and winning ) the “long game”

  • New NASA computational facility named for "Human Computer" Katherine Johnson, featured in the movie, Hidden Figures

  • Today: US Supreme Court holds annual long conference to decide which cases will be heard in the new term (law prof explains via tweetstorm)

  • Yesterday the Trump administration extended and expanded the travel ban, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the list of countries

  • US International Trade Commission held that low-cost solar imports hurt domestic companies, now falls to Trump administration for possible action

  • Sens. Klobuchar [D, MN] and Warner [D, VA] working on new transparency requirements for online political ads

  • Sen. McCain [R, AZ] shared thoughts on his life, his illness and his legacy on 60 Minutes  

  • Details of “Big Six” tax reform plans include reducing top rate from 39.6 to 35 and corporate rate from 35 to 20%

  • Tax Reform framework expected to be released today

  • 21 states’ election systems were targeted by Russian hackers

  • Former President Obama personally appealed to Mark Zuckerberg after the election to do more to stop Russian disinformation on Facebook

  • Jared Kushner uses private email account for official business

  • Former FBI DIrector, James Comey “not our homie” got shouted over at Howard University appearance

  • HHS Secretary Price will halt travel on private jets pending an IG review, after reports that his travel costs have topped $400,000

  • Think Congress is crazy, imagine what’s going on in city councils

  • Congrats to Rep. Moulten [D, MA] who got hitched on Friday!

  • Pretty impressive: Barron Trump made the DC United Youth Academy team

  • FEMA tweets really wrong number

  • Just like us: Members of Congress and their pets