The Beltway Beat

— Dan Fagan in The Advocate: Is U.S. Sen. John Kennedy really anti-abortion? We get the “real answer” tomorrow, when the Senate holds a hearing for Kyle Duncan, President Donald Trump’spick for the New Orleans 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. OP-ED

— Congressman Garret Graves’ FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act was signed into law last week. Graves: “The process is filled with uncertainty, is expensive and leaves taxpayers feeling extraordinarily frustrated.”

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “The simple truth is that we should be firing government bureaucrats if they are not doing their job, not telling them ‘pretty please with sugar on top’ and giving them more taxpayer money.”  PRESS RELEASE

— POLITICO: "Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) reached out to some CBC members over the Thanksgiving recess to take the temperature of the caucus, according to multiple sources.”

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talked tax reform on Fox Business today. WATCH or READ

— Cassidy on Polish Oil and Gas Company Group’s new deal to import liquefied natural gas from Louisiana: “Not only will our state be exporting American energy to Poland, an important ally of the U.S., but it will also be playing an important role in reducing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to bully Europe.”

— Cassidy talks the tax bill on FOX. WATCH or READ

— Cassidy on the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act: “In life or death situations, minutes can make all the difference ... I’m glad to see President Trump sign this bill into law.”

— Cassidy is one of four Senators probing Uber about its reported data breach. LETTER

— Kennedy: “Regardless of what you think about the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act, I have zero confidence in the ability of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to administer it in a way that protects the people of Louisiana.” WATCH or READ

— D.C.’s Appeals Court upheld the per-election contribution limit in Holmes, et. al v. FEC.

PRE-HOLIDAY PRAISE FOR TAX REFORM

— Congressman Clay Higgins: “We’re going to witness tremendous economic growth for businesses of all sizes, creating new jobs and opportunity that will benefit all American workers and families.”

— Congressman Mike Johnson: “This is the beginning of a new era for America – one of economic prosperity and stability.”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham: “This bill is going to put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans, create new jobs and lead to more things that bear some of my favorite words: Made in America.”

— Congressman Garret Graves: “To put this in perspective, the average American family of four making $55,000 will pay no taxes.”

— Congressman Steve Scalise: “Everybody is going to see lower tax rates at every income level.”

— Congressman Cedric Richmond urged U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to keep certain tax credits, including the Historic Tax Credit, in the Senate version of the bill: “While we may not agree on the overall package, we often agree on the issues that are important to Louisiana and this is one of those issues.” LETTER

— Cassidy: “[The bill] also includes my amendments giving 2016 Louisiana flood victims the same tax relief as 2017 hurricane victims, and preserving the Historic Tax Credit, which has been so important to restoring buildings in cities like New Orleans.”

— Kennedy: “This bill will give a tax cut to just about every American.”

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