Saturday, February 23, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Monday — February 25, 2019

• H.R. 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019;
• H.R. 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019;
• H.J. Res. 46 — Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

Committee on Rules 

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

The House is in session Monday through Thursday next week.

Text of Bills for the Week of February 25, 2019

Items that may be considered pursuant to a rule

H.J. Res. 46: Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

H.R. 1112: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to strengthen the background check procedures to be followed before a Federal firearms licensee may transfer a firearm to a person who is not such a licensee.

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, February 25, 2019

Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on the conflict in Yemen.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Armed Services
Hearings to examine United States Strategic Command and United States Northern Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Business meeting to consider pending calendar nominations;
to be immediately followed by hearings to examine the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Following the closing of morning business, Senator Fischer to be recognized to deliver Washington's Farewell Address.

Following the address, Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 311, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill at 5:30 p.m.

As noted last week, action has begun and is still pending on four nominations.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Michael Cohen to testify before Congress next week after rescheduling for surgery

US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices


Floor Outlook

The Senate is expected to vote on cloture for S. 311, Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, on Monday evening.

The Equality Act is expected to be introduced in the House on Monday. Speaker Pelosi has said this would be one of the Democrats main priorities this Congress. In the last Congress, the bill number for this legislation was H.R. 2282. This bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation. This legislation could lead to parents losing custody of their children if they decline to help them with “gender transition.”

House will vote Tuesday to block Trump wall funding shift

House to vote in March on blocking Trump's border emergency

Once a Dirty Word in US Politics, Socialism is Making a Comeback Among Democrats

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Saturday, February 16, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — February 19, 2019

Field Hearing on Voting Rights and Election Administration in Georgia
Subcommittee on Elections (Committee on House Administration)

Source: House.gov

Senate Floor Schedule

Thursday, February 14, Senate began consideration of the following nominations:

239 — Eric D. Miller, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

89 — Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.

22 — Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

79 — John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Senate Intel Dems Reportedly Don’t Dispute Charmain’s Claim About Lack of Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion

Senate panel delays vote on nominee to lead immigration agency

Senate panel spars over judges, advances GOP effort to cut nomination debate time

Congress grills military academy superintendents over spike in sexual assaults

Top House Judiciary Republican seeks recusal for Democrats' new consultants on Trump affairs

House Judiciary panel advances background check bill


Outlook

Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

House may vote on resolution to disapprove of Trump’s national emergency

Democrats to push back on national emergency in Congress and courts

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes resolution honoring Walter Jones

US Senate Backs Major Public Lands, Conservation Bill

In rare vote, House sends a message on anti-Semitism to Ilhan Omar

U.S. House backs measure to end U.S. support for Saudis in Yemen war

Senate confirms William Barr to be Trump's next attorney general

Senate passes bill to make lynching a federal crime

Senate passes spending and border security bill


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

House floor hour on Wednesday

Saturday, February 9, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Monday — February 11, 2019

• H.J. Res. 37 — Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
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. 1063 – Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Reform Committee)

2) H.R. 1065 – Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch / Oversight and Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 1064 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients (Sponsored by Rep. Katie Hill / Oversight and Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 995 – Settlement Agreement Information Database Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Gary Palmer / Oversight and Reform Committee)

5) H.R. 1079 – CASES Act (Sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the United States Indo-Pacific Command and United States Forces Korea in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine managing pain during the opioid crisis.

Armed Services
To receive a closed briefing on the United States Indo-Pacific Command and United States Forces Korea in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of S. 47, Natural Resources Management Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Powerful Senate committee invites pharma executives to testify

Former Trump lawyer Cohen delays congressional testimony until Feb. 28just before he reports to prison

Trump's Venezuela envoy to testify to U.S. House panel amid crisis

House Democrats take first step toward tighter gun laws

Senate panel chief sees no Trump-Russia collusion so far: report

Scalise Knocks House Dems for ‘Bizarre’ Decision to Block Him from Testifying at Gun Control Hearing

House panel to weigh bill seeking universal gun background checks

Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr clears Senate Judiciary Committee

House panel passes 'NOPEC' bill, full House vote uncertain

Whitaker hearing erupts in partisan acrimony as top Republican seeks to adjourn it

6 heated moments during Whitaker's testimony, including a call to end the hearing before it started

How a top Republican aims to resist the Democratic climate change agenda

Leader of New Climate Panel Talks of Need for ‘Bold Action’


Outlook

Senate to vote on AG nominee William Barr this month

Democrat-Controlled House Makes Gun Safety Top Priority   

'Green New Deal' unveiled

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate put the brakes on U.S. withdrawal from Syria (Article: The Hill)

U.S. Senate passes pro-Israel bill

President Trump's State of the Union Address


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

Senate: Monday (Articles: Conservative ReviewBaptist Press)

House: Wednesday (Article), Thursday, Friday (daily attempts expected)

House leader floor discussion on bringing H.R. 962 to the floor

Saturday, February 2, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Wednesday — February 6, 2019

Full Committee Organizational/Business Meeting (Closed)
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 

"Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental and Economic Effects of Climate Change"
Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (Committee on Energy and Commerce) 

The Power of the Purse: A Review of Agency Spending Restrictions During a Shutdown
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations) 

U.S. Policy in the Arabian Peninsula
Committee on Foreign Affairs 

Oversight Hearing: Impact of the Administrations Policies Affecting the Affordable Care Act
Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations) 

• H.R. 1: Strengthening Ethics Rules for the Executive Branch
Committee on Oversight and Reform 

Evaluation of the Department of Defenses Counterterrorism Approach
Committee on Armed Services 

"Climate Change: The Impacts and the Need to Act"
Committee on Natural Resources 

Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action
Committee on the Judiciary 

Texas v. U.S.: The Republican Lawsuit and Its Impacts on Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce) 

Examining Threats to Workers with Preexisting Conditions."
Committee on Education and Labor 

• H.J. Res. 37, Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
Committee on Foreign Affairs 

World Wide Threat Assessment and Intelligence Community Posture Hearing
Subcommittee on Defense (Committee on Appropriations) 

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House.

The House will reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s State of the Union Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:20 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 876 – Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 866 – Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.R. 543 – To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide appropriate congressional notice of comprehensive safety assessments conducted with respect to intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation. (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

4) H.R. 831 – Reviving Americas Scenic Byways Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

5) H.R. 66 – Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examinethe outlook for energy and minerals markets in the 116th Congress.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine how primary care affects health care costs and outcomes.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Neomi J. Rao, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, and
Aditya Bamzai, of Virginia, and Travis LeBlanc, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Appropriations
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine an implementation update on the Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record modernization.

Intelligence
Closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters;
to be immediately followed by a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of S. 1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, with votes on or in relation to amendments to the bill, and on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill at 5:30 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill is at 4 p.m.

After actions taken by New York and Virginia to allow abortion up until the time of birth, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) announced Thursday on the floor that he would be calling a live unanimous consent on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, S. 130, Monday evening.  He also reintroduced the bill, S. 311, under Rule XIV, to place it directly on the legislative calendar, as opposed to being referred to committee.
Mr. SASSE: I am going to be asking unanimous consent for Senators to come to the floor and pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act legislation. I am going to ask all 100 Senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn't be complicated.
Congress meets in joint session Tuesday for an address by the President on the State of the Union.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

William Barr: Democrats force delay in attorney general vote over concerns about oversight of Russia probe

Democrats may pull 'so help you God' from House committee's witness oath

House Cmte Rejects Dem Proposal to Remove ‘So Help You God’ From Witness Oaths — It Was a ‘Mistake’

Michael Cohen to testify at closed House hearing on Feb. 8: panel chair

U.S. Senate judiciary chair requests FBI briefing on arrest of Trump ally

Senator to Question FBI in Arrest of Trump Ally

House panel launches inquiry over voter rights roll-backs


Outlook

Pelosi Invites Trump to Address Nation Next Week

Trump to give State of Union on Feb. 5

The shutdown is over, but the gridlock in Congress is just beginning

In a divided Congress, there are still no-brainer bipartisan bills that can pass

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate advances Syria policy bill

29 Republicans vote with Democrats to boost federal salaries 2.6 percent

Senate rebukes Trump, advances measure on Syria troops

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