Today In Washington
October 25, 2017
Source: AEO Government Relations Team, Madison Services Group

Defanged CFPB
Last night, the Senate passed S. J. Res. 47, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that expresses Congressional disapproval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. The CRA is a law that allows Congress to overrule a regulation through an expedited legislative process. This resolution effectively eliminates the ability for consumers to bring class-action lawsuits against banks. The resolution passed 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote. GOP Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and John Kennedy (R-LA) joined all 48 Democratic Senators in opposition.
Update: Tax Reform
Today, the House will vote on a rule providing for the consideration of the Senate-passed FY 2018 Budget Resolution. The House is scheduled to vote on the resolution tomorrow. If the resolution passes, House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) said his committee will introduce tax reform legislation by November 1. The House aims to pass tax reform by the Thanksgiving holiday.
As a reminder, the Senate resolution includes reconciliation language that provides $1.5 trillion over 10 years to Congressional tax-writing committees for tax reform. The House-passed resolution envisioned deficit-neutral tax reform while providing the House Ways & Means Committee $300 billion. House GOP leadership agreed to consider the Senate-passed resolution as part of a deal with Senate GOP leadership to avoid a time-consuming conference on the two resolutions.
H.R. 4111 and S. 1995, the “Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017,” introduced by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in the House, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Senate. This bicameral legislation would exempt Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) applicants in under-licensed states from full capital requirements, give first priority to new applicants from under-licensed and under-financed states, and establish annual reporting requirements on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) progress toward increasing the geographic dispersion of SBICs. You can find a joint statement by Representative McMorris Rodgers and Senator Rubio here.
Today @ 11 a.m.: House Small Business Committee – “GAO Audit Reveals Half-Measures Taken by Small Business Advocates.” 2360 Rayburn House Office Building.
Tomorrow @ 10 a.m.: House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access – “Financing Through Fintech: Online Lending’s Role in Improving Small Business Capital Access.” 2630 Rayburn House Office Building.
Tomorrow @ 10:30 a.m.: Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee – “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Women.” 428A Russell Senate Office Building.