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

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