This Week
in
Washington

House – This week, the House is expected to consider the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017” (H.R. 10) and the “Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017” (H.R. 2213)

Senate – The Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of Courtney Elwood to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency and will also debate the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act” (S. 1094).

White House – President Trump announced last Wednesday that “the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.” Under the Paris Agreement, the U.S. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels.  This week President Trump will reportedly announce a proposal to privatize the Air Traffic Control system, a controversial proposal that delayed the full reauthorization of the FAA in Congress for the past two years.

Health Care Reform Developments – It has been reported that Senate staff spent the Memorial Day recess working on draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said the Senate will complete its work by the end of July, emphasizing there is “no choice” because the current law is failing. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remarked that he does not “know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment.”

Conservative and moderate Republicans remain split on how to address Medicaid expansion. Senators are also considering including some of the waivers in the House-passed version of the “American Health Care Act”. Senator John Thune (R-SD) asserted the bill will allow some waivers saying “we want to give the states as much flexibility as possible.”

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) is reportedly writing the legislation to ensure it satisfies the requirements of the budget reconciliation process. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will also have a role as the leader of the committee of jurisdiction.

Congressional Committees – On Thursday, June 8, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization”. According to a Committee staff memo, the “purpose of the hearing is to hear testimony from the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, on issues related to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the programs it administers, and FAA authorization and reform.” The memo indicates that topics for discussion during the hearing will include: “FAA Safety Oversight and Certification Responsibilities”; “General Aviation”; “Airline Consumer Issues”; and “Unmanned Aircraft Systems”.