Monday, July 17, 2017
Legislative deadlines pile up in Congress
The Washington Examiner
The Washington Examiner reports, “House and Senate Republicans are consumed with passing health insurance and tax reform bills, but have yet to tackle a long list of other critical measures that Congress must complete by the end of the year.” “The sheer number of issues outstanding and the various hurdles to passing them have some Republicans warning that they need to work during the August recess to get all the work done.”
McConnell delays action on healthcare
The Hill reports, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Saturday night that Senate consideration of legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be delayed while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery. McCain had announced earlier on Saturday that he would not be in the Senate next week, depriving Republicans of a key vote. Without McCain, Senate Republicans likely would not have had the 50 votes necessary to advance the legislation.”
Why This Matters: Congress has the opportunity to fix our health care system and repeal Obamacare taxes and mandates. Take Action Now!
House GOP to unveil budget with uncertain fate
POLITICO reports, “House Republicans are forging ahead with the release of their contentious fiscal blueprint next week, despite an obstacle-filled path to a floor vote before August break.” “An official notice of the markup will come Monday, a committee spokesman confirmed. The budget resolution, largely a symbolic statement of party principles, is crucial this year because it can unlock a GOP-only tax reform bill.”
Why This Matters: It’s been over 30 years since Congress has acted. Tell Congress to take the first step!
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