Jan 13, 2017

Hot on the Hill: Obamacare goes to the House

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It should be an anti-climactic day. No Senate confirmation hearings, and the House is expected to take up the Senate's budget resolution. If the House doesn't vote today, it could be tomorrow, per House deputy whip Dennis Ross. But it's coming eventually.

As noted yesterday, House leadership is working to get lawmakers on board with as many repeal promises as possible without triggering the Byrd Rule. Those won't matter for the budget resolution, but they will once the reconciliation process gets rolling.

Clues from Paul Ryan's CNN town hall on what Republicans will do once it goes to committees, via Axios Vitals:

  • State high-risk pools — not coverage for people who keep themselves insured — as the main way Republicans want to cover pre-existing conditions after Obamacare.
  • Tax credits to buy "a plan of their choosing" and more flexible benefits.

Watching: There's some drama over Rep. Jason Chaffetz threatening to subpoena the head of the Government Office of Ethics. We'll see if that goes anywhere. No comments yet from House leadership.

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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

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President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 1,365,004— Total deaths: 76,507 — Total recoveries: 292,467Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 369,069 — Total deaths: 11,018 — Total recoveries: 20,003Map.
  3. Trump administration latest: Peter Navarro warned White House colleagues in late January about the massive potential risks from the coronavirus.
  4. Federal government latest: The public wants the federal government, not states, in charge of coronavirus — Testing capacity is still lagging far enough behind demand.
  5. States update: New York death toll surged to its highest one-day total as state predicts a plateau in hospitalizations.
  6. 2020 update: Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks the governor's attempt to delay in-person primary voting until June.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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