Tax reform continues to headline action in Washington this week, as the Senate Finance Committee continues their markup of the upper chamber’s version of the tax overhaul legislation while lawmakers in the House prepare for a vote later this week. While some defections are likely inevitable, House Republican leadership has voiced confidence that they will have the votes to advance the package later this week. The House Rules Committee has teed up a hearing for the bill on Wednesday, likely setting up an up-or-down vote on Thursday.
In notable floor action today, the House will consider the conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 2810) for the 2018 fiscal year and consideration of a recently-struck deal (H.R. 2874) to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Both items had been subject to significant intraparty negotiation and are likely to be approved today.
The Senate, meanwhile, has teed up additional confirmation votes for its floor schedule this week. Today, the chamber will vote to confirm (1) David G. Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health; (2) Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency; (3) Donald C. Coggins Jr. to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; and (4) Dabney Langhorne Freidrich to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.