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Top Three 10/20/17

Oct 20, 2017

1. Following the numerous false starts from Congressional Republicans on health care, President Donald Trump released an executive order (EO) entitled. “Promoting Health Care Choice and Competition Across the United States.” The EO creates a structure to rescind the subsidies offered to insurance companies nationwide. The EO also allows small employers to band together from across the country to create “association health plans” and buy insurance together outside of Obamacare. This presidential action was then immediately followed by a new proposal offered by the chairs of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). Although long awaited, the Alexander-Murray bill does not appear to have clear support at this time by the Senate or the White House.

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2. The Senate passed the budget, H. Con. Res. 71, the FY2018 budget resolution late Thursday night in a 51-49 vote.  Now that the measure has passed, Congressional Republicans have a new legislative vehicle to move tax reform forward under the reconciliation process, meaning that they will only need a simple majority in the Senate and House.

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3. On October 12, the House passed the Senate version of H.R.2266 - Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017, in a 353 to 69 vote. The bill will provide $36.5 billion for Hurricane and Wildfire Aid, $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster relief fund, $16 billion to address the national flood insurance program debt, $576.5 million for wildfire recovery efforts, and $1.27 billion for disaster food assistance for Puerto Rico.

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