The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “If you try to design a more irrational immigration program than the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, you couldn’t do it. It’s stupid. It’s nonsense on a stick.” READ or WATCH

— Congressman Steve Scalise: “Right now, America’s dead last in the industrialized world because we have the highest tax rate. That needs to change. Let’s make America competitive again—that’s what our bill does.” WATCH or READ

— Scalise on Fox & Friends: NYC terror attack and more tax reform. WATCH or READ

— Congressman Clay Higgins on tax reform: “More money in the pockets of working Americans shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I hope my Democrat colleagues will work in a bipartisan manner to get this thing done. The American people aren't stupid...It's a win for the middle-class.”

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy: “This is an important step forward in our effort to reform the outdated tax code. I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues, as a member of the Finance Committee, to ensure we bring tax relief to working families.”

— Read Congressman Cedric Richmond’s insurance application guide.

— Scalise introduced the SECURE American Energy Act: “Our bill empowers states and optimizes onshore resource management by delegating certain permitting functions to state regulatory agencies instead of Washington.” BILL

— FYI: “SECURE” stands for “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand.”

— President Donald Trump has nominated Brandon Fremin for U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.

— The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is pushing a bill on care reform. Higgins: “This is about providing timely, quality care when and where veterans need it.” 

— Cassidy: “I thank Whip Scalise and Chairman [Jeb] Hensarling for making progress towards a comprehensive, long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program..”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham on Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization"Protecting our most vulnerable class of young people should not even be up for debate.”

Abraham on Community Health Centers funding: "As a physician, I want to ensure that everyone has access to good, quality medical care, and CHCs help provide that access.”

— Higgins: “Both CHIP and community health centers provide health services to low-income and under-served populations.”

— Congressman Mike Johnson: "Ensuring the ill-effects of Obamacare do not adversely harm children’s access to care is paramount. FLOOR SPEECH

— The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority earned an extra $9.6 million for Calcasieu Parish wetlands. PRESS RELEASE.

— ICYMI: Cassidy introduced Western District of Louisiana Judicial Nominee Terry Doughty to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. WATCH: DOUGHTY and CASSIDY

— National Federation of Independent Business says House tax bill “leaves too many small businesses out.” READ

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