The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Steve Scalise honored his security detail saviors from the Congressional Baseball game practice shooting at the United States Capitol Police Medal of Honor Ceremony. WATCH or READ

— After that, Scalise talked recovery and gun control with Kasie Hunt on MSNBC. WATCH

— MORE ON MOORE: “Louisiana's two Republican U.S. senators responded with alarm Monday amid mounting sexual assault allegations and growing denunciations of Roy Moore, the GOP's candidate for an open Alabama U.S. Senate seat. The state's two senators struck different notes, however, when asked about allegations from several women that Moore sexually pursued them when they were teenagers in the 1970s.” (Via The Advocate’s Bryn Stole)

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy via The Advocate’s @BrynStole on Twitter: “If the allegations are true, Judge Moore needs to step aside.”

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Twitter: “Based on the allegations against Roy Moore, his response and what is known, I withdraw support.”

— Congressman Garret Graves’ testified against the National Flood Insurance Program bill in committee last night because it “disproportionately” and “adversely” affects Louisiana. The bill goes on the House floor today, and Graves’ office told us the congressman plans to speak up again. Catch the Facebook Live on his Facebook page afterwards.

— Cassidy today on the Senate tax reform bill: “Repealing the [Obamacare] individual mandate as part of tax reform will provide working families in Louisiana with even more tax relief.”

— Cassidy yesterday: “[The] bill will boost take home pay for Louisiana families by approximately $1,900 a year...Imagine what that would mean to families from Monroe to Lake Charles, Shreveport to New Orleans.” WATCH or READ

— Cassidy earlier this week: “While our bill isn’t perfect, the inclusion of provisions like the Historic Tax Credit is positive for Louisiana, and we’re going to keep working toward tax reform until we get the job done.”

— Graves has teamed with other “pre-2017 disaster states” (Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Texas) to push the White House to provide additional Community Development Block Grant funds for those states.

— In case you didn’t hear, Graves also traveled on Nov. 5 and 6 to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to work on recovery reform.

— Kennedy: “For the life of me, I don’t know why anyone who is an addict would decide to become a parent and bring an innocent child into his or her sick drug den. My only conclusion is that some parents figure someone else will raise their children while they do drugs, drink, party, commit crimes, Snapchat, plant fake crops on FarmVille, and do anything but parent.” READ THE OP-ED

— Graves had a “good” meeting today at the U.S. Department of Transportation with West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes to discuss safety conditions on a “new” Mississippi River bridge. TWEET

— Graves this morning: “Good morning discussion about North Korea, China and other issues over Louisiana coffee with Ambassador John Bolton.” TWEET(and check out the photo with Scalise)

— Graves yesterday: “Louisiana’s rapidly growing technology industry adds DXC to a  growing list of major IT wins that began in earnest over six years ago...Projects like CGI in Lafayette, GE Digital in New Orleans, IBM in Baton Rouge, CSRA in Bossier City, and the CenturyLink expansion in Monroe will further develop the next generation of workforce skilled in computer science and IT solutions.” TWEET

— Kennedy has asked the Senate Finance Committee to maintain Adoption Tax Credit in tax reform. LETTER

— Kennedy introduced the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II Commemorative Coin Act, commemorates Louisiana veterans Ira Schilling and Earl MessmerFLOOR SPEECH

— Scalise on Twitter: “This week, our bill passed the @WaysandMeansGOP committee. I'm looking forward to getting this done to cut taxes for all Americans. Let's go!” FOX NEWS CLIP

— Cassidy also talked about it on the floor. READ or WATCH

— Congressman Mike Johnson published a tax reform op-ed in the Shreveport Times. READ

— ICYMI: Last week, Johnson talked tax reform in a Facebook Live video (WATCH) and on Talk 107.3 (LISTEN).

— ICYMI: An epic scooter race between Scalise and Texas Congressman Sam Johnson around the Capitol Hill rotunda last Wednesday.

— Johnson highlights House bills supporting veterans. PRESS RELEASE

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