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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, Irma, and Maria with a six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization and taxes.

 


ICYMI

 

  • The heat index in Puerto Rico reached 109 degrees, 3.4 million Americans are without power and running out of food and water

  • Graham-Cassidy got its last rites (Sen. Graham [R, SC] says it’s coming back with better process “after taxes

  • Kind words from both sides of the aisle for Sen. Bob Corker [R, TN], who announced he would not seek reelection

  • Sen. Luther Strange [R, AL], appointed by AL governor to replace AG Sessions, lost the special election primary to Judge Roy Moore

  • Mitch McConnell could probably use a hug

  • As Rep. Walz’s [D, MN] watch will attest, it was a crazy Tuesday

  • Rep. Massie with a colorful assessment of the “Alabama tide”

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

  • Trump administration denied waiver of the Jones Act for foreign vessels bringing aid to Puerto Rico, though Members of Congress, like Sen, McCain [R, AZ] continue to push

  • Sen. Marco Rubio [R, FL] is sounding the alarm that more federal resources are needed to avoid a “Katrina-style” disaster

  • OK, we fell for it, the Senate was NOT debating the NDAA yesterday… here’s what was up

  • Acting DEA administrator stepping down Oct 1

  • Starting October 18, USCIS will keep records on immigrants’ (including green card holders) social media accounts and search results

  • Lawmakers seeking information on Russian entities running anti-fracking campaigns on Facebook, Google, and Twitter

  • Russian-purchased Facebook ads in 2016 included support for Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump

  • Never a good idea: “If it wasn’t sexist I would say…”

  • Not just Price and Mnuchin: EPA Administrator Pruitt also a member of the administration's pricey flight club

  • Tax Reform framework released at House GOP meeting

  • Sen McCain [R, AZ] says he will hold to same “regular order” standard that cost his health care vote

  • North Korea looking for a Trump explainer

  • Lobbyists beat Members of Congress 49-41 in last night’s Congressional Basketball game

  • New Rep. Norman [R, SC] made his Congressional basketball debut

  • The Press triumphed over the politicians in the annual Press Club Spelling Bee, with Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL] the last Member standing

  • No joke: grand prize was a Nickelback album signed by Sen. Ben Sasse [R, NE] (backstory, and backstory)

  • First climate-controlled “farm” in Antarctica starts up in October

  • U.S. now the world’s second-most “competitive” economy

  • Tindr users, you probably don’t even want to know how much data they have on you