This Week in Washington
House – This week, the House is expected to consider the “Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act” (H.R. 2842); the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act”; and the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act” (H.R. 1654).
Senate – The Senate is considering two Treasury Department nominees, Sigel Mandelker to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes and Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing.
Health Care Reform Developments – Republican Senators have not yet reached a consensus on health care reforms which will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is said to be continuing to push for a quick resolution to health care so the Senate can move on to other priorities. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) suggested “a deadline is helpful because it tends to make people focus.” Meanwhile others such as Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have asserted the end-of-June deadline “was a stretch anyway.”
Senate Democrats continue to call for a hearing on the bill before a floor vote. They are introducing the “No Hearing, No Vote Act”, which would require any bill considered using the reconciliation process to be voted on by at least one committee and be the subject of at least one hearing.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both met with 13 Senate Republicans last week to discuss the status of the health care bill. Senators who attended the meeting said the President did not provide any specific policies he would like to see in the bill or set a deadline. The ACA cost-sharing reduction payments were reportedly discussed at the meeting. Republican committee leaders in the House and Senate have called for the Administration to continue the payments while Republicans work on a plan to repeal and replace the ACA.