What’s Up Washington (Sept. 26, 2017)

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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).




  • 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, which has experienced “apocalyptic” damage

  • Americans there are running out of food and water, left in a communications and power blackout

  • Every sitting president who visited Puerto Rico is honored with a statue in “Paseo de los Presidentes” (H/T)

  • Some Congressional staffers are cleaning up in the stock market, trading on companies impacted by their work

  • Russian operatives used Facebook ads to turn Americans against each other

  • Senate Judiciary holds hearing today on legislation to protect special counsels

  • Bombastic political advisor Roger Stone, who meets in closed session with House Intel today, released his 47-page statement

  • North Korean official says Trump’s “won’t be around much longer”  tweet amounts to a declaration of war, giving it the right to shoot down American planes

  • White House spokesperson Sanders says that’s absurd

  • At least it doesn’t violate Twitter’s terms of Service

  • It’s Tax Reform Day, with details coming out on the “Big Six” GOP framework:

    • Collapse brackets from seven to three

    • Reduce top bracket from 39.6% to 35%, raise lowest tax bracket from 20% 50 12%

    • Double the standard deduction

  • Planned elimination of state and local deduction disproportionately impacts some Congressional districts

  • Equifax CEO, Richard Smith, “retired” but will still testify on the data breach that impacted millions of Americans

  • Sec. Zinke pursuing “huge” reorganization of Interior Department, saying 30% of its employees are “not loyal to the flag”

  • And: “Fracking is proof that God’s got a good sense of humor and he loves us”

  • House Oversight chairman Gowdy [R, SC] and Cummings [D, MD] called for White House to release names of officials using private email for government work by October 9

  • Email prankster quickly capitalized on the Kushner private email revelation

  • First woman just graduated from Marine Infantry Officer Course

  • You might have heard, there’s a Republican Senate primary in Alabama today

  • The front-runner pulled out a pistol at a rally yesterday, told a reporter that communities in Illinois are “under Sharia law”

  • President Trump still really not happy with AG Sessions, also said his NFL comments have “really taken off”

  • Marie Tillman, wife of former NFL player and soldier killed in Iraq shared a statement on the president’s comments on the #TakeaKnee movement

  • On the House Floor today, two members have kneeled (Reps. Pocan [D, WI] and Lee [D, TX])

  • Suit filed over the president's’ remarks under statute prohibiting gov employee to influence employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation”

  • USCIS released new details about the 800,000 DACA recipients

  • Sen Angus King [I, ME] weighed in on the great lobster vs. crab emoji debate

  • 25 towns are for the National Geographic Vote Your Main Street contest for a chance to win $2 million in historic preservation funding