The Beltway Beat

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health Secretary Rebekah Gee were at the White House last week to talk opioids with Trump. EDWARDS: The president’s [public health emergency] declaration will put more tools at our disposal, and will allow us to help more Louisianans who’ve fallen victim to opioid abuse. This is going to take time, and my administration and I are committed to working with the Trump Administration to provide assistance to as many people as we can.”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards also met privately with Acting Drug Czar Richard Baum while he was there.

— Rebekah Gee was on NPR’s Morning Edition: [In] Louisiana, it would cost us over $600 million to treat the over 100,000 people who are addicted to opioids. We cannot afford it. We need relief.” LISTEN

— Congressman Clay Higgins talks reform measures with Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinWATCH

— Congressman Mike Johnson is co-sponsoring the “No Abortion Bonds Act.” JOHNSON: “The federal government should not be subsidizing abortions. Period. This legislation will help keep taxpayer dollars out of abortion facilities and protect the rights of all Americans who have deeply held religious and moral objections to funding this abhorrent industry.”

— The U.S. House passed the 2018 budget. JOHNSON: “Working-class families continue to suffer under oppressive policies that push the American dream further from their reach. Tax reform will unleash the free market again and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to grow.”

— Abraham, Scalise, Graves, Johnson and Higgins signed the letter to the Department of Health and Human Services not to change its Medicare reimbursement model. ABRAHAM: "The proposed CMS policy change could have severe consequences in delivering home health services, which will result in more hospitalizations and more families being separated when sick loved ones need support the most.”

— JOHNSON: “The United States should be combating terrorism, not funding it with our own ​taxpayer dollars. Yet previous administrations have used loopholes in the law to conceal payments to rogue nations. Our legislation restores transparency and ensures the federal government is accountable to the people it represents​.” FLOOR SPEECH

— JOHNSON also talks DOJ settlements, Article I powers on the floor. WATCH

— Higgins does a Kaspersky Lab product “Q&A” with cybersecurity experts. WATCH

— Rasmussen Reports: “51% Say Lawbreaking Likely in Clinton Dealings With Russia” READ

— CASSIDY co-authors an op-ed in Forbes: “Simplifying, pro-growth tax reform will not come without difficult choices. In order to significantly lower individual and business tax rates, we will need to broaden the tax base.” READ

— Mitch Landrieu is visiting D.C. to talk to U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Nov. 16 to “determine how New Orleans can become compliant with federal law.” KENNEDY: “I appreciate the Mayor’s willingness to come to Washington, D.C., in order to resolve this issue. I was happy to facilitate this meeting, and I am confident that we can reach a solution that allows New Orleans to continue to receive vital law enforcement funding while honoring the rule of law.”

— U.S. Sen. Kennedy wants the Trump administration to make an “enormous, one-time investment into America’s neglected infrastructure.” KENNEDY: “Federal investment in our roads, bridges, railways, and waterways would be a shot in the arm for the American economy that would pay dividends for decades.” FLOOR SPEECH

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s “Protecting Patients Access to Emergency Medications Act” passed the Senate. CASSIDY: ““During a medical emergency, the ability to quickly provide life-saving drugs can make all the difference. This legislation will ensure our first responders have access to these drugs and can save more lives.”

— U.S. Sen. Cassidy and his wife, Laura Cassidy, were at U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ dyslexia roundtable. CASSIDY: “We appreciate Secretary DeVos for hosting this roundtable and the Trump administration for helping increase awareness on this issue.”

— Congressman Abraham last week penned the Judiciary Committees asking to “examine Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team’s potential conflicts of interest and political bias.” ABRAHAM: “Almost daily another red flag is raised over this team’s ability to remain impartial during this investigation. If they have nothing to hide, let them come forward to a hearing and be accountable.” LETTER

— The Center for Public Integrity is looking for a “kick-ass reporter” to join its state politics team in Washington, D.C. Application deadline is Nov. 15. DETAILS

— U.S. Sen. Cassidy will introduce Western Louisiana District nominee Judge Terry Doughty during the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m.

— Congressman Johnson introduced the “Disclosing Foreign Influence Act” today. JOHNSON: “Properly enforcing our disclosure laws and ending irresponsible exemptions is critical to ​maintaining the integrity of our political system as well as our national security. Hostile foreign nations have long sought to exploit every avenue when attempting to undermine the United States. Our bill ensures ​that ​those working with foreign nations appropriately disclose their relationships – ensuring transparency and protecting the democratic process.”

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