The Beltway Beat

— Lindsay Lohan’s parents want a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for the “mini-bar” comment. Missed that one? Watch it here.

— The Clean Power Plan is history. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced its repeal today.

— HIGGINS: “The so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ was just another politically-motivated attempt by the Obama Administration to harm American energy producers through a vast overreach of regulatory powers. We’re committed to rolling back regulations on American businesses and getting the federal government the hell out of the way. No American wants dirty air or dirty water. However, this rule wasn’t about the environment.”

— SCALISE: "Just like so many of the Obama administration's radical regulations, the Clean Power Plan rule was a Washington power grab that killed jobs and imposed higher costs on American families. I applaud the Trump administration's decision to reverse this misguided rule.”

— Chuck Todd interviews Congressman Steve Scalise on Meet the Press. VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT

— Congressman Mike Johnson on Las Vegas via press release: “A week ago, America experienced an unspeakable tragedy brought about by cowardly and senseless violence. There are no words to appropriately console those who have lost loved ones in this horrific event, but each of the victims and their families are in our thoughts, and we will continue to pray for the recovery of all involved.”

— Sen. John Kennedy amends the federal budget: “I believe the best economic program is a good job. That is why my first amendment will begin the process for work requirements for 79 welfare programs. My second amendment will provide tax relief for ordinary people. People who get up every day, who obey the law, who make under $100,000, they will see tax relief.” PRESS RELEASE

— Congressmen Mike Johnson, Steve Scalise, Clay Higgins and Ralph Abraham are co-sponsoring the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks into pregnancy.

— JOHNSON: “Ending the dangerous and violent practice of late-term abortions should not be controversial. On the contrary, a law that allows abortion providers to end the life of an unborn baby when that child can live outside the womb and feel the pain inflicted by such heinous procedures is grotesque and should be corrected immediately.” FLOOR SPEECH

HIGGINS: “Life is a fundamental and unalienable right, and this bill would give millions of unborn children a chance to live.”

ABRAHAM: “As a doctor, I believe in defending life at all stages. I've heard a child's heart beat at six weeks old. Babies can feel pain at 20 weeks; to abort them is a cruel practice that must end.”

— Congressman Clay Higgins on the border wall: “We must take greater action to combat illegal human and drug trafficking. Our bill authorizes all necessary assets to secure the border, including tactical infrastructure, physical barriers, and advanced technology like drones and surveillance dirigibles.” BILL

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy got his resolution to make October National Dyslexia Awareness Month passed through the Senate.

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy also signed a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry in support of speeding up approval of “small-scale exports of natural gas.”

— Congressman Mike Johnson on passing the 2018 budget through the House: “By offering bold, conservative solutions, our framework will unleash the free market, create more jobs and send working-class Americans home with bigger paychecks. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to act responsibly with our spending and leave them with a future more prosperous than ours.”

— Congressman Clay Higgins tributes Corporal Michael Middlebrook in the House. VIDEO

— Congressman Mike Johnson’s staff is hosting satellite office hours in Allen, Evangeline, St. Landry and Beauregard. TIMES AND PLACES

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talks up Louisiana district judicial nominee Michael Juneau to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Remarks: CASSIDY and JUNEAU

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy on Social Security: “Eliminating the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset is a vital step in ensuring that our middle-class seniors can enjoy continued economic security after their retirement.” FLOOR SPEECH

— The Advocate: Louisiana officials are pushing against potential federal changes to the Jones Act and National Flood Insurance Program.

— Pew Charitable Trusts: “Election Officials Attacked From All Sides on Purging Voter Rolls”

— WashPost sports blog: House Whip Steve Scalise throws the first pitch at the Nationals-Cubs Friday game

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