Saturday, August 25, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Wednesday — August 29, 2018
Energy and Education: Whats the Connection?
Committee on Natural Resources 


Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Hearings to examine harmful algal blooms, focusing on the impact on our nation's waters.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider
• S. 1965, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to protect the cultural practices and livelihoods of producers of Alaska Native handicrafts and traditional mammoth ivory products,
• S. 2773, to improve the management of driftnet fishing,
• S. 3367, to amend certain transportation-related reporting requirements to improve congressional oversight, reduce reporting burdens, and promote transparency,
• H.R. 4323, to promote veteran involvement in STEM education, computer science, and scientific research,
and the nominations of

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

House Committee Pledges to Roll Back More Medicare Regulations

Senate Panel Declines to Initiate Federal Role in Elections

Senate panel narrowly approves Trump's consumer financial protection chief pick

Twitter CEO to testify before House panel on September 5

Floor Outlook

Senate inches forward on opioid package after Trump tweet

Russia Sanctions Getting on Senate September Calendar is ‘Pretty Slim,’ McConnell Says

McConnell pushes Russia sanctions bill past September

Senate Could Be Tied up For Weeks Voting on Trump Nominees

Senate GOP Leaders Double Down on Working Through Labor Day

McConnell: Senate stays until 12 Trump judges approved

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate votes for $10 million to help identify troop remains from North Korea

Senate rejects Paul's effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

$675 billion Pentagon spending bill approved by the Senate

Senate passes massive spending bill for defense and domestic programs

Albert Mohler: Power of Planned Parenthood on display as amendment to defund abortion provider fails

Pro-Life Provisions: DOD/LHHS Appropriations Bill

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Brett Kavanaugh? Meet Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats? Meet Brett Kavanaugh

Chris Coons on splitting with Democrats over meeting with Brett Kavanaugh: It's my job

308 state legislators urge Senate to confirm Kavanaugh

McCaskill: Verdict’s Still Out after Meeting with SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh

Friday, August 24, 2018

Pro-Life Provisions: DOD/LHHS Appropriations Bill

Yesterday, the Senate approved H.R. 6157, a spending bill including FY 2019 appropriations for both the Department of Defense (DOD) and Labor, Health and Human Services and related agencies (LHHS).

During consideration of H.R. 6157, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment that would prohibit large abortion providers — such as Planned Parenthoodfrom receiving any funding under the LHHS bill. (The Paul amendment is similar in substance to the language that was included in the House Appropriations Committee-approved LHHS bill, H.R. 6470.)

The Paul Amendment failed 45-48.
  • Voting in favor — 45 Republicans voted in favor of the Paul amendment
  • Voting against — All present Democratic Senators and 2 Republicans (Collins-ME, Murkowski-AK)
  • Not voting — 7 Senators (Corker-TN, Cruz-TX, Fischer-NE, Hirono-HI, McCain-AZ, Murray-WA, Schatz-HI).
60 affirmative votes were required for the Paul amendment to pass.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Alan Ray Shaffer, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment,
Veronica Daigle, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary, and
Casey Wardynski, of Alabama, and Alex A. Beehler, of Maryland, both to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, all of the Department of Defense.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine Russia sanctions, focusing on current effectiveness and potential for next steps.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the energy efficiency of blockchain and similar technologies and the cybersecurity possibilities of such technologies for energy industry applications.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 6157, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and votes on or in relation to McConnell (for Menendez/Murkowski) Amendment No. 3705 (to Amendment No.  3695), and McConnell (for Fischer) Amendment No. 3706 (to Amendment No. 3695), at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

U.S. senators pledge to fight Trump push to cut foreign aid

GOP Absences Push Back Judicial Nominees

Floor Outlook

Senate hopes to end years of spending gridlock
The Senate next week embarks on an unusual strategy that could result in the passage of most of the 2019 federal government spending in one bill, and before fiscal year-end deadline.

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

US Senate Adopts Resolution Backing Free Press After Trump Attacks

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Kavanaugh Makes Strategic Stops on His Senate Tour as Chamber Returns
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will ramp up his behind-the-scenes preparation over the next three weeks for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kavanaugh, who is more used to asking questions from the dais as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 12 years, has been going through mock hearings that last several hours with questions from people assigned to the role of different senators, a White House official said.

Next week, that will include full mock hearings to condition Kavanaugh for several all-day sessions of questioning from committee members, the official said.

Americans increasingly want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed

Saturday, August 4, 2018

House Committee Meeting Schedule

Thursday — August 9, 2018

Continued Oversight of the California High-Speed Rail Project

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
(Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)


Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Senate Grills Officials on Handling of Immigrant Family Separations

Acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler is no Scott Pruitt - and four other things to know as he faces the Senate

Facebook, Twitter, Google executives to testify in Senate September 5

Senate panel delays vote on Trump consumer watchdog pick

Senate announces Maria Butina interview transcript will be released to Justice Department

Senators Back Agent Orange Benefits. The VA Is Not Convinced

Floor Outlook

McConnell Hopeful Farm Bill Conference Report Ready for Vote After Labor Day

House Conservatives Could Tank a Quick Fall Spending Push

Senate’s Out for Truncated August Recess

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate Honors Trailblazing Women in Computer Science

Senate passes 11th-hour flood insurance extension

Senate Passes Spending Package, Rejects Trump‘s Proposed Cuts

Congress sends $717 billion defense policy bill to Trump’s desk

GOP attempt to block funding for DC's individual mandate fails in Senate

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Sen. Rand Paul Backs Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh Meets With Joe Manchin, First Democrat to Sit Down With Him

Supreme Court: What's next after Justice Anthony Kennedy leaves the court?

Brett Kavanaugh early September Judiciary Committee hearing in the works

National Archives Can’t Deliver Reams of Kavanaugh Docs Fast Enough for GOP

White House Slams Schumer, Feinstein For ‘Disingenuously’ Demanding Kavanaugh Docs

SCOTUS nominee's wife is fair game, apparently

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