Saturday, December 29, 2018

This Partial Shutdown is the new Sequester

In 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law. This legislation created a “super committee” to reach a grand compromise on spending under threat of sequestration. Both parties went along with this because the establishment on both sides agreed sequestration would be unthinkable and therefore would never happen.

The super committee's deadline came and went, and sequestration went into effect. While Washington can argue about whose idea sequestration was originally, the point is conservative thinking about and understanding of recent federal budget history was insufficiently understood, and that's why something not expected to happen, happened.

Congressional Outlook

With a Democratic House, Big Green goes on the offensive in 2019

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That's not a bad thing

The man who could impeach Trump: Nancy Pelosi hires new top lawyer

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


Homeland Security

Calling the partial shutdown a 'two-week tantrum,' Schumer says funding for border wall will never pass, 'not today, not next week, not next year'

Byron York: When Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'


Federal Spending

Shutdown Effects: Breakdown by Department and Agency

No End in Sight for Partial US Government Shutdown

Freedom Caucus members on border wall funding: $5 billion is already a compromise number; flexibility for administration on how border security funds are spent could bring further compromise

Federal Shutdown Precedes Return to Divided Control of US Congress

Three Things to Watch as Partial Government Shutdown Plods On


Judiciary

Republicans should accelerate confirmation of judges in 2019


Congress

Trump and Democrats Prepare for a Reset in 2019

House won't seat North Carolina Republican amid ongoing election fraud dispute

Saturday, December 15, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — December 18, 2018

House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs 

Source: House.gov


Wednesday — December 19, 2018

House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs 

Source: House.gov


Thursday — December 20, 2018

The Veterans First Program after Kingdomware
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Veterans' Affairs) 

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

Legislative Program for next week

Mr. Speaker, my friend knows I love metrics, so here are a few final stats. On average, our weekly colloquy this year has lasted 42 1/2 minutes. I apologize to the House recordkeepers and to the Members trying to give 1-minute speeches like they are today. The shortest was 8 minutes, and the longest lasted more than an hour.

Mr. Speaker, today will likely be on the shorter end, because our schedule for next week remains fluid and subject to change. Conversations are currently ongoing between the House, Senate, and the White House. In the meantime, Members should be on standby and prepared to return to Washington for votes next week. We will provide advance notice ahead of any expected votes.

As of today, I would estimate first votes for the week to occur at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday. I would encourage all Members to make the necessary arrangements to be here as we complete our work for the 115th Congress.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule


12/17 Update: Legislation added

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, December 17, 2018

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine religious freedom and government regulation of Islam.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine a comparative look at competition law approaches to monopoly and abuse of dominance in the United States and European Union.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the House Message to accompany S. 756, Save Our Seas Act (legislative vehicle for criminal justice reform), and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4108, at 5:30 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the House Message to accompany the bill is at 3:15 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

U.S. House committees release Comey testimony transcript

House panel says Equifax breach was 'entirely preventable'

Google is cozying up to China's government, and CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't want to admit it

Google CEO to Tell Lawmakers Tech Giant Operates 'Without Political Bias'

The Sundar Pichai Hearing Was a Major Missed Opportunity

Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee to look into Trump inauguration funding


Floor Outlook

McConnell sets Monday test vote on criminal justice bill

House Schedule for Next Week ‘Fluid and Subject to Change’

McConnell warns Senate it could work through Christmas break

Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

Lame-Duck GOP Rep: Trump ‘Doesn’t Know What’s About to Hit Him’

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate confirms Trump's pick to be deputy Treasury secretary

Senate passes farm bill without House-passed food stamp work requirements

Paul Ryan blocks House from taking up Yemen bill

House sends farm bill to Trump without food stamp work requirements

U.S. House calls on Myanmar to release Reuters journalists

Senate votes unanimously to blame Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reversing Rising Maternal Mortality Rates

US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen

Saturday, December 8, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Monday — December 10, 2018

Reviewing International Child Abduction
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 5513 – Big Bear Land Exchange Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)

2) H.R. 6108 – Preserving Americas Battlefields Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jody Hice / Natural Resources Committee)

3) H.R. 3008 – George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Natural Resources Committee)

4) H.R. 6118 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an American World War II Heritage City, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer / Natural Resources Committee)

5) H.R. 6665 – Offshore Wind for Territories Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.Res. 792 – Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clementes place of death near Piones in Loza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jos Serrano / Natural Resources Committee)

7) S. 245 – Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven / Natural Resources Committee)

8) S. 825 – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)

9) S. 2511 – CENOTE Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker / Natural Resources Committee)

10) H.R. 6893 – Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

11) House Amendment to S. 2248Veterans Benefit and Transition Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Finance
Hearings to examine the nomination of Courtney Dunbar Jones, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

Judiciary
An oversight hearing to examine Customs and Border Protection.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine religious freedom in Eurasia.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on SeaPower
To receive a closed briefing on recent Chinese and Russian naval activities.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Justin George Muzinich, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Google Chief to Face House Committee


Floor Outlook

Senate heading for historic vote to pull US military aid to Saudi Arabia

Senators Seek Compromise on Amendments Before Yemen Debate

House set to vote on bill cracking down on drug companies overcharging Medicaid

Hoyer open to Trump infrastructure plan, if it doesn't increase the deficit

Liz Cheney previews GOP's 'fight hard' approach to resisting 'socialist set of agendas' in House

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House quickly passes two-week funding bill to avoid shutdown

Senate confirms Kraninger to lead consumer bureau

Senate confirms Trump’s energy pick

Senate sends two-week funding measure to Trump

Congress Approves Bill to Aid Victims of Genocide

Saturday, December 1, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — December 4, 2018

Oversight Hearing for the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies (Federal Trade Commissions Bureau of Competition and the Department of Justices Antitrust Division)
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law (Committee on the Judiciary)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 5513 – Big Bear Land Exchange Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)

2) H.R. 3008 – George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Natural Resources Committee)

3) H.R. 6118 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an American World War II Heritage City, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer / Natural Resources Committee)

4) H.R. 6665 – Offshore Wind for Territories Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Natural Resources Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of Lieutenant
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., to be General and Commander, Central Command, and Lieutenant
General Richard D. Clarke, to be General and Commander, Special Operations Command, both of the Department of Defense.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Michael S. Klecheski, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia,
Matthew John Matthews, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, and
W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, all of the Department of State;
to be immediately followed by a Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing to examine the China challenge, focusing on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Finance
Hearings to examine the nomination of Courtney Dunbar Jones, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

Rules and Administration
Business meeting to consider
• S. 1010, to amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights,
and the nominations of
Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, and Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, and
Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, both of the Department of State.

Intelligence
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To receive a briefing on fighting terror, focusing on comparing notes across the Atlantic.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

House Democrats have Betsy DeVos in their investigative sights

Top Democratic lawmaker to probe hate crimes and surveillance of minorities

U.S. House panel sets Google CEO hearing for December 5

James Comey takes House Republicans subpoena fight to federal court

Goodlatte simmers over subpoena fight: Looks like Comey 'believes he deserves special treatment'


Floor Outlook

Senate Republicans may allow vote on bill to protect Mueller's job, No. 2 GOP leader says

Senate moves toward vote on Trump's replacement for Mick Mulvaney as top financial regulator

Flake to ask again for vote on Mueller protection bill next week

House Democratic leader threatens to tie Mueller protections to spending bill

Senior House Democrats tap brakes on investigating Trump

Judicial Nominations, Congressional Probes Likely to Flourish in 2019

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate advances measure to end military support for Saudis in Yemen

Effort to vote on bill to protect Mueller blocked

Senate passes resolution condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine

Saturday, November 24, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Wednesday — November 28, 2018

BOP Management of its Female Inmate Population, and Other Challenges
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Source: House.gov


Thursday — November 29, 2018

Review of Recent GAO Reports on Icebreaker Acquisition and the Need for a National Maritime Strategy
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

VAs Development and Implementation of Policy Initiatives
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)

U.S. Policy Toward Syria (Part II)
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4254 – Women in Aerospace Education Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

2) S. 1768National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

3) H.R. 5273Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 1567United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 6207Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)

6) H.R. 4591Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Foreign Affairs Committee)

7) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 390Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)

8) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 140Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6032State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) H.R. 6753Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2422 – Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the findings and recommendations of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy.

Budget and Appropriations Process Reform
Business meeting to continue to markup the Committee's report, recommendations, and legislative language.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on SeaPower
Hearings to examine Navy shipbuilding programs.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Mindy Brashears, of Texas, to be Under Secretary for Food Safety,
Naomi C. Earp, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary, and
Scott Hutchins, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, all of the Department of Agriculture.

Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine addressing Americas surface transportation infrastructure needs.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on improving affordability through innovation.

Rules and Administration
Hearings to examine the nominations of Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, and Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Thomas McCaffery, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, and
William Bookless, of California, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine combating money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, focusing on regulator and law enforcement perspectives on reform.

Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine the nomination of Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, of Virginia, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

U.S. lawmaker subpoenas ex-FBI chief and former Attorney General

Adam Schiff: Democrats will challenge ‘unconstitutional’ Whitaker appointment

House Oversight Committee to target Ivanka Trump's private emails

House Intelligence to hire money-laundering experts to chase Trump financial trail

U.S. House panel to probe Trump's Saudi ties: Washington Post

Adam Schiff's multifaceted plan to corner Trump on the money trail


Floor Outlook

Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul bullish on the Senate passing criminal justice reform

Divisions in GOP may leave Trump priority in Senate limbo

House ethics panel urges leaders to pass harassment bill

GOP senators call for quick NAFTA replacement vote before Democrats take power

Senate Clash Looming Over Nation's Longest Judicial Vacancy

Congrress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


Foreign Policy

Senators ask Trump for human rights investigation on Saudi prince

Trump: US Interests Outweigh Harshly Punishing Saudis for Killing Journalist

Top House Democrat on Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder: 'Show our annoyance, but I don't think you slam the door'


Federal Spending

Jeff Flake wants Mueller protection legislation tacked onto spending plan


Health Care Policy

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

What top Democrats have in mind for healthcare

Saturday, November 10, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — November 13, 2018

• H.R. 6784 — Manage our Wolves Act
Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2740 – Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velzquez / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 4033 – National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee)

3) H.R. 5787 – Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Neal Dunn / Natural Resources Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Judiciary
Hearings to examine certain nominations.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine big bank bankruptcy, focusing on 10 years after Lehman Brothers.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business meeting to consider the nominations of
Steven Dillingham, of Virginia, to be Director of the Census, Department of Commerce, and
Michael Kubayanda, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Tuesday: Senate resumes consideration of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to S. 140, Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act, with McConnell (for Thune) Amendment No. 4054, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Senate Committee Schedule

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine threats to the homeland.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Hearings to examine United States Air Force readiness.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine consumer data privacy, focusing on lessons from the European Union's general data protection regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine successful state conservation, recovery, and management of wildlife from Yellowstone's grizzly bear to the Chesapeake's Delmarva fox squirrel.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine pending nominations.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Business meeting to consider
• S. 2679, to provide access to and manage the distribution of excess or surplus property to veteran-owned small businesses,
• S. 3552, to amend the Small Business Act to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the 7(a) program of the Small Business Administration to bring those thresholds into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators,
• S. 3553, to amend the Small Business Act to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the section 504 program of the Small Business Administration to bring those thresholds into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators,
• S. 3554, to extend the effective date for the sunset for collateral requirements for Small Business Administration disaster loans,
• an original bill entitled, "National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Act", and an original bill entitled, "Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018".

Armed Services
To receive a closed briefing on the military threat posed by near peer adversaries China and Russia.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Hearings to examine the future of the fleets, focusing on Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship recapitalization.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine blackstart and other system restoration plans in the electric utility industry.

Judiciary
Business meeting to consider
• S. 2785, to designate foreign persons who improperly interfere in United States elections as inadmissible aliens,
• S. 3178, to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights,
and the nominations of
Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit,
Kenneth D. Bell, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina,
Stephanie A. Gallagher, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland,
Mary S. McElroy, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island,
Carl J. Nichols, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia,
John M. O'Connor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and
Martha Maria Pacold,
Mary M. Rowland, and
Steven C. Seeger, each to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nomination of John Mark Pommersheim, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, Department of State.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Senate committee advances bill saving conservation fund for national parks


Floor Outlook

US Senate Could Hold Final Kavanaugh Vote Saturday

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate sends FAA authorization to Trump’s desk

Congress, eying China, votes to overhaul development finance

Senate passes multi-pronged legislation to battle nation's opioid crisis

Senate Votes to Move Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Forward

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Lindsey Graham promises 'full scale' probe into Democrats' handling of Ford-Kavanaugh allegation

Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh 'was a little too sharp' with Senate Democrats during his hearing

Kavanaugh Says He Might Have Been ‘Too Emotional’ in Senate Hearing   

Jeff Flake: 'Not a chance' I would have suggested FBI investigation into Kavanaugh if seeking re-election

Emboldened protesters step up effort to block Kavanaugh confirmation

McConnell slams anti-Kavanaugh protests, 'intimidation tactics'

The FBI Has Filed Its Investigation Report of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to the Senate

Factbox: Witnesses in the Kavanaugh FBI probe

Brett Kavanaugh: Who are the key votes for him to get confirmed to Supreme Court?

Republican Sen. Steve Daines at daughter's wedding Saturday

Kavanaugh advances in 51-49 Senate vote with help from Flake, Collins, Manchin

Collins Announces Support for Kavanaugh, Ensuring Confirmation

Republicans cheer Susan Collins, compare Kavanaugh allegations to McCarthyism

Kavanaugh likely to be pivotal U.S. high court vote

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Constitution
Hearings to examine threats to religious liberty around the world.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Energy and Natural Resources
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine Russia's role in Syria and the broader Middle East;
to be immediately followed by a closed session in SVC-217.

Finance
Hearings to examine the nomination of Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring January 19, 2019.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

US Lawmakers Urged to Enact Personal Data Protections, But With Care

US Congressional Panel Considers Ways to Respond to Rohingya Crisis

House Intel votes to release Russia inquiry transcripts for Lynch, Yates, Cohen, Trump Jr., and others

Google CEO will testify before U.S. House panel in November on bias accusations


Floor Outlook

House Out Until After Midterms

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House votes to ban 'gag clauses' that prevent pharmacies from lowering customers' drug costs

House Republicans pass part of 'Tax Cuts 2.0'

Speaker Ryan's Floor Speech on Landmark Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis

Bill to battle opioid epidemic overwhelmingly passes the House

Pro-Life language in the Family Savings Act

Senate starts debate for full Kavanaugh confirmation amid FBI investigation

Friday, September 28, 2018

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Witness named by Kavanaugh accuser becomes third to deny being at party

Blasey Ford's Female Classmate, Her Last Alleged Witness, Denies Ever Attending Party With Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh Defends Himself Against New Allegations

Susan Collins: Deborah Ramirez should speak with Senate Judiciary under oath about Kavanaugh allegation

GOP lawmaker: Second Kavanaugh accuser refusing to talk to Congress

Read the summer 1982 calendar Brett Kavanaugh gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Committee Probes New Allegations Against Supreme Court Nominee

Two men say they, not Brett Kavanaugh, had alleged sexual encounter with Christine Ford

Read Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Prepared Written Testimony

Kavanaugh Comes Out of Gate Angry, Says Confirmation Process Is ‘National Disgrace’

Trump court pick tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation

Sarah Sanders: 'God bless' Lindsey Graham for his 'decency and courage'

Trump: 'Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him'

Sen. Graham to Kavanaugh: 'This is not a job interview; this is hell'

Six Takeaways from the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings

Flake’s Support Gives GOP Enough Votes to Send Kavanaugh to the Full Senate

Flake Throws Judiciary Committee Into Chaos Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

Kavanaugh approved by Senate panel, but Flake demands a week before floor vote

'Look at Me:' Women Confront Flake on Kavanaugh Support

What Sen. Jeff Flake just did on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, explained

Senior Senate Republicans weigh delaying vote on Kavanaugh: Cornyn

Get ready for Democrats to say a week isn't long enough for the FBI to investigate Brett Kavanaugh

At least two GOP senators back plan to delay Kavanaugh vote

What just happened? Here's a breakdown of the Brett Kavanaugh vote and what happens next

Senate Judiciary Committee seeks background investigation into Kavanaugh

Saturday, September 22, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — September 25, 2018

HUD Office of Inspector General Report: HUDs Oversight of the Alexander County (IL) Housing Authority
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance (Committee on Financial Services)

Conference report to accompany H.R. 6157 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 [Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019];
• H. Res. 1071 — Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov


Wednesday — September 26, 2018

Coast Guard Modernization and Recapitalization: Status and Future
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

The Impact of National Defense on the Economy, Diplomacy, and International Order
Committee on Armed Services

Genocide Against the Burmese Rohingya
Committee on Foreign Affairs

Built in America: Jobs and Growth in the Manufacturing Sector
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Examining First Amendment Rights on Campus
Committee on Education and the Workforce

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6735 – Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Homeland Security Committee)

2) H.R. 6740 – Border Tunnel Task Force Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Homeland Security Committee)

3) H.R. 6620 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (Sponsored by Rep. Cedric Richmond / Homeland Security Committee)

4) H.R. 6742 – Secure Border Communications Act (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Homeland Security Committee)

5) S. 3479 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson / Veterans Affairs Committee)

6) H.R. 6378 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, September 24, 2018

Judiciary
Hearings to examine the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of General Robert B. Abrams, USA, to be General, and to be Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, and Vice Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN, to be Admiral, and to be Commander, United States Southern Command.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the Department of Energy's efforts in the field of quantum information science.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine the Every Student Succeeds Act, focusing on states leading the way.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
Hearings to examine health care in rural America, focusing on experiences and costs.

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