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March 24, 2017

Gavel Down: Closing out the week in Congress

From health care reform to Russia probe to Supreme Court nominee…

there was A LOT competing for your attention this week! House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act without a vote and began looking to tax reform. Senate passed resolution reversing broadband privacy rules. Top officials confirmed FBI investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign team and Russian government and refuted President Trump's wiretapping claims. Bipartisan lawmakers called for independent commission to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election. Senate Judiciary held four-day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Senate confirmed new ambassador to Israel and held confirmation hearings for three more Trump nominees.

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March 23, 2017

New CBO Score released for the AHCA

The Congressional Budget office has released its "score" of the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, based on changes made to the bill since the original score.

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March 23, 2017

Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spent the week testifying before Senate Judiciary. Every senator will vote on this nomination eventually.

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March 23, 2017

What's up with the "same-day rule" and the AHCA?

We're getting lots of questions about the "same-day rule" and the revised American Health Care Act. Here's the deal:

The House sets its own rules for the chamber and for how each vote will be conducted. Noncontroversial bills can be considered under "suspension of the rules," but larger bills must be considered "under a rule."

Yesterday, House Rules met all day to consider amendments to the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) and set the "rule" for how the legislation will be considered on the House floor. Recently, we talked about how Rules committee works and the spectrum of "rule" types, from open to closed. (If you missed that Q and A, here you go.)

After 11+ hours, Rules passed a "same-day" or "martial law" bill that allows the bill to be considered any time through Monday. (Normally a bill must have at least 24 hours from the time a rule is released before it gets a vote.) So, now everyone's in a holding pattern, and this could be a crazy weekend.

The same-day rule allows leadership to keep negotiating to reach deals (on both the rule and any amendments that it will allow) and then bring the rule to the floor as soon as they have an agreement.

So then what happens? Well, there will be debate on the rule, vote on the rule, and if it passes, the House will move to consider the bill under the procedure laid out in that rule. We will keep you posted every step of the way!

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March 20, 2017

Senate Judiciary held confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Day two will begin tomorrow, March 21 at 9:30 am.

March 20, 2017

House Intelligence held first public hearing on Russia probe. FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers testified before the committee.

March 20, 2017

The Week Ahead in Congress

The Congressional Budget Office releases its report on costs and coverage numbers for the House Republican health plan, which is slated for mark-up in the Budget Committee on Wednesday. On Tuesday, President Trump submits his budget to Congress.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. And on Thursday, the House is expected to vote on the House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the ACA (“Obamacare”).

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March 17, 2017

Gavel Down: Closing out the week in Congress

Despite the snow, it was another busy week on the Hill…

House Budget advanced legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, teeing up final House vote for next week. President Trump unveiled “America First” budget proposal. Both House and Senate Intelligence said there’s no evidence that the federal government wiretapped Trump Tower. Bipartisan lawmakers took to the road on 31-hour drive to Washington. Senate confirmed two more nominees, bringing the total to 20 confirmed nominees. Federal judges ruled on President Trump's revised travel executive order. Debt limit suspension expired, as lawmakers talk about raising the debt ceiling. Senate Finance held confirmation hearing for Robert Lighthizer, nominee for nation’s top trade position.

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March 16, 2017

Happening at 10 am: Markup of Reconciliation Recommendations, American Health Care Act

House Budget will debate and amend the American Health Care Act, House Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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March 10, 2017

Gavel Down: Wrapping up the week in Congress

Congress worked late this week…

House Republicans unveiled and advanced legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. President Trump signed revised executive order focused on visa limitations and refugees. Lawmakers began talking about the debt limit, with suspension expiration fast approaching in mid-March. Congressional Review Act stayed in the spotlight, with four more disapproval resolutions headed to President Trump for approval. Senate invoked cloture on Verma nomination for CMS administrator, teeing up final confirmation vote for Monday.

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March 10, 2017

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The most active bill on POPVOX for the week of Mar. 3-10, 2017 was: the American Health Care Act (House Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act).

March 9, 2017

Markup of the American Health Care Act

  • The Ways and Means Committee approved the health care bill Thursday at 4:30 AM ET. view more
  • The Energy and Commerce Committee markup continued until the afternoon. view more

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March 5, 2017

Gavel Down: Wrapping up the week in Congress

Lots of sleep deprivation this week following marathon Senate session…

House passed bill to extend privacy protections to old emails. Senate confirmed three more nominees in historic confirmation sessions in more ways than one. House passed three more resolutions aimed at reversing executive rules. President Trump signed executive orders focused on law enforcement officers and Justice Department. Appeals court maintained freeze on travel ban executive order. House Democrats gathered for annual policy retreat. Senate scheduled three confirmation votes for next week.

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March 6, 2017

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Signed

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised executive order executive order regarding "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

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