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,
Given absences due to Hurricane Irma, the House cancelled votes for today.
Senate in at 3 PM to resume consideration of the FY18 NDAA. Cloture vote at 5:30 PM.
Ground broken yesterday on 93-foot tall Tower of Voices memorial in Shanksville, PA
House votes cancelled today due to Hurricane Irma
After pounding the Caribbean and Florida over the weekend, Irma downgraded to tropical storm, headed to Georgia
“Social fabric is starting to fray” in parts of the Caribbean hit hardest by Irma and Jose
Rep. Ross [R, FL] joined a NOAA crew to fly into Hurricane Irma
Puerto Ricans launch volunteer civilian sealift to assist Caribbean neighbors
Tesla pushed a temporary update to give the cars a bit more battery life for those evacuating in Florida
Good time to read up on federal flood insurance,
This week, President Trump took control of the policy agenda in a series of moves that surprised both parties on Capitol Hill.
A deal reached with Congressional Democrats avoided a government shutdown, temporarily raised the debt ceiling, and provided funding for the federal response to Hurricane Harvey. The administration announced a six-month end to DACA – the Obama-era program for "DREAMers" brought to the U.S. as children with no path to legal citizenship within six months – putting pressure on Congress to act. The president made clear that he expects the focus of the next three months to turn to tax reform, though the Senate appears to be close on an agreement for a modest and bipartisan health care fix.
Though the threats of default and shutdown are now postponed until December, large challenges still loom – including North Korea's nuclear saber-rattling, epic wildfires raging on the west coast, large areas of Texas and Louisiana still under water, and Hurricane Irma on a path to Florida, with Hurricane Jose in her wake.
photo credit: Quartz
On Tuesday Attorney General Sessions announced that the administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protecting “DREAMers”
House in at 9 AM for legislative business, with first vote between 10 – 11 AM on the Senate-passed READ Act (H.R. 601), which includes the Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance package. House continues debate on the 224 amendments to the multi-agency spending bill (H.R. 3354).
Senate is out.
Axios on the Oval Office scene: "You say I can't make deals anymore? Hold my Diet Coke”
It’s a NY love-fest at the moment
Senate HELP effort and Graham-Cassidy supporters getting close to health care compromise
Reminder that the opportunity to vote on a health bill through the reconciliation process
House is in at 10 AM for morning hour and 12 PM legislative business, with first votes between 1:30 -2:30 PM, last votes between 10:30 -11:30 PM. Votes continue on the 224 amendments to the multi-agency spending bill (H.R. 3354).
Senate is in at 10 AM to work on the Hurricane Harvey relief bill (H.R. 601), which will be amended to include a spending bill and debt ceiling raise through December 8, 2017.
As you may heave heard, President Trump endorsed a deal with Dem leadership for a 3-month spending bill, debt ceiling raise, and emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey
In the “fascinating and mysterious” move, he rejected the path preferred by Republicans to stave off the debt ceiling for another 12 or 18 months
“Mitch and Paul” explained in separate statements that the deal stemmed from Trump’s desire to have a bipartisan response to Harvey
Senate in at 12:30 PM for weekly caucus meetings.
House is in at 10 AM for legislative business, with first votes between 12 -1 PM, last votes between 10 -11 PM.
House votes on:
Both the House and Senate will have national security briefings from cabinet members on North Korea and Afghanistan.
Yesterday’s DACA announcement put even more crazy into September that was there already; current DACA strategy on the Hill: Not a clue (yet)
Battle lines are starting to take shape – from quick fix, to more comprehensive immigration bill, to something in between
Congress returns Tuesday and with it, your POPVOX updates. We’ve missed you!
It’s been an August Recess for the history books. We’ve pulled together our notes on the big events that impact the tone and agenda of the coming weeks and months. Because Congress was away, much of the focus in August was on the actions of the president and Congressional reactions. So here, as briefly as possible, in chronological order, is what you need to know as Congress heads into the Fall.
Failed health vote
In the final days of July, the Senate failed to pass a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, with Sens. John McCain [R, AZ], Susan Collins [R, ME] and Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK] casting the deciding votes. Sen. McCain delivered a fiery speech after the vote, calling for a return to “regular order.” He reminded senators that they “do not answer to the president [but to] the American people, a sentiment he reiterated in an op-ed last week.
Tense relations between Capitol Hill and the White House
Senators lamenting zero-sum partisanship and increasingly strained relations with President Trump were early themes for August: Senator Jeff Flake released a book that was both a call to principles and a stinging rebuke of the president.