Saturday, July 14, 2018

House Committee Schedule

Monday — July 16, 2018

• H.R. 6147 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 [Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019] (Rules Committee Print 115-81 showing the text of H.R. 6147 and H.R. 6258 as reported by the Committee on Appropriations, as modified)
Committee on Rules


Tuesday — July 17, 2018

Combating Fraud in Medicare: A Strategy for Success
Subcommittee on Oversight (Committee on Ways and Means)

The Future of Fossil: Energy Technologies Leading the Way
Subcommittee on Energy (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

"A New Horizon in U.S.-Israel Relations: From an American Embassy in Jerusalem to Potential Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights"
Subcommittee on National Security (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

House Floor Schedule

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. 1376 – Electronic Message Preservation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
2) H.R. 5415 – GAO-IG Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Walker / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
3) H.R. 4446 – To amend the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act to extend the expiration date of the Commission, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Stacey Plaskett / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine an original bill entitled, "Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018".

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the Department of the Interior's final list of critical minerals for 2018 and opportunities to strengthen the United States' mineral security.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on eliminating excess health care spending and improving quality and value for patients.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine Russia's occupation of Georgia and the erosion of the international order.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

Federal Spending
Commerce Policy

President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh


Kavanaugh's Record

Confirmation Challenges

SCOTUS Outlook

Floor Activity Summary

Pro-Life Provisions in the LHHS Appropriations Bill

This week the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) funding bill. The Chairman’s bill included all longstanding pro-life provisions traditionally included in the LHHS appropriations bill, such as the Hyde Amendment (banning LHHS funding from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother) and the Dickey-Wicker Amendment (banning funding from being used on research that harms human embryos).

It also contained several new pro-life policies not currently in effect. Five amendments were offered to strike or weaken these pro-life policies. In each instance, the hostile amendment was defeated and the pro-life policy was retained.

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