Saturday, May 25, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Senate Committee Schedule

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To receive a briefing with the House Committee on Financial Services on curbing corruption through corporate transparency and collaboration, focusing on the British model.

Senate Floor Schedule

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, to then convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session:
Friday, May 24, 2019, at 9:45 a.m.;
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.;
Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.;
and that when the Senate adjourns on Friday, May 31, 2019, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House unanimously passes bill aimed to help simplify international adoption process

Senate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families

House passes fix for Gold Star family tax hikes

Senate backs bill to stem flood of robocalls plaguing cell phones

U.S. Senate passes $19.1 billion in disaster relief, no border aid

Chip Roy Blocks Disaster Aid Package In The House


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Single Payer = Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Wednesday, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on “Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System.”

The related legislation, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384), specifically includes abortion in a single-payer health care system.

Title II, Section 201(a)(7) states “Comprehensive Benefits” would include “Comprehensive reproductive, maternity, and newborn care.”

“Reproductive…care” is a euphemism for abortion, the killing of unborn children.

Title VII, Section 701(b)(3) states “RESTRICTIONS SHALL NOT APPLY.—Any other provision of law in effect on the date of enactment of this Act restricting the use of Federal funds for any reproductive health service shall not apply to monies in the Trust Fund.”

The Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used for abortion, is exactly the kind of “other provision of law in effect” that this language is designed to circumvent.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

House Appropriations Committee refuses to protect children born alive in Defense Appropriations bill

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee considered the FY20 Defense Appropriations Bill.

During the mark-up, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) offered an amendment to protect infants born alive after surviving an abortion attempt. The amendment requires recipients of federal funding under this bill, including facilities that receive TRICARE funding, to provide the same level of care to that survivor that any other child of the same gestational age would receive.

The amendment failed by a vote of 24-27. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) joined the Republican Members in voting in favor of the Harris amendment.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

House Committee Schedule

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, MAY 20TH
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. 2116 – Global Fragility Act (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 615 – The Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 1359 – Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Ron Wright / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 1952 – Intercountry Adoption Information At of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Foreign Affairs Committee)3

5) H.R. 753 – Global Electoral Exchange Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)

6) H.Res. 106 – Denouncing female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urging the international community and the Federal Government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice (Sponsored by Rep. Lois Frankel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

7) H.R. 2480 – Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kim Schrier / Education and Labor Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, May 20, 2019

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Airland
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.

Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on the prospects for Afghan peace.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will be in a period of morning business. At 5:30 p.m., Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel P. Collins, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Thursday, May 16, Senate began consideration of five nominations:

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes tribal land bills after votes were canceled following Trump tweet

Senate confirms 9th Circuit pick

Senate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ

House Democrats pass bill to lower drug prices and shore up Obamacare

Record: Rep. Chris Smith included H.R. 5 analysis from NRLC and USCCB

House passes H.R. 5, expansive LGBT bill — 236-173
• Amendment to protect conscience rights was blocked
House Votes to Quarantine Faith, Attack Parental Rights & the Family
H.R. 5/S. 788 amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a redefinition of “sex” that includes a right to abortion. This would expand taxpayer funding of abortion, threaten pro-life law at the state and federal level, and endanger conscience protection for health care providers. This would enable women to ‘challenge denials of reproductive health care’
• This is A Most Uncivil Law

Dems Push Bill on Health Care, Drug Prices Through House


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Tuesday, WednesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

2020 Foreign Operations bill passes committee

Today the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) funding bill by a vote of 29-23.

BILL SUMMARY:

The bill retained most long-standing pro-life protections:
  • Helms Abortion Funding Ban: Prevents foreign aid from being spent for abortion.
  • Kemp-Kasten Coercive Abortion Provision: Directs the President to discontinue funding to organizations that support or participate in the management of a coercive abortion program. It has been included since FY 1985.
  • Tiahrt Voluntary Family Planning Provision: Ensures that population control funds are only used in programs which are certified to be voluntary in every respect.
  • Siljander Amendment: Prevents federal funding from being used to lobby for or against abortion
  • Peace Corps Abortion Funding Ban: Prohibition on abortion funding in the Peace Corps
Four problematic sections within the bill:
  1. The bill repeals Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) (expanded the Mexico City Policy).
  2. The bill appropriates $55.5 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is complicit in China’s birth-limitation policy. This is $23 million more than FY 2019 enacted levels.
  3. The bill appropriates not less than $750 million for family planning/reproductive health programs. This is a $175 million increase from FY 2019 enacted levels.
  4. The bill alters longstanding language, adding contraception to the activities that may be funded notwithstanding any other provision of law. In the past, these activities have been limited to bilateral assistance for child survival activities and disease programs, including activities relating to research on, and the prevention, treatment and control of, HIV/AIDS. Exceptions to the notwithstanding include the provisions under the heading “Global Health Programs” and the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, as amended.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dangers of the 'Equality Act'

House Committee Schedule

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (13 bills)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the importance of and path to achieving mineral security, including
• S. 1052, to authorize the Office of Fossil Energy to develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements and minerals from coal and coal byproducts, and
• S. 1317, to facilitate the availability, development, and environmentally responsible production of domestic resources to meet national material or critical mineral needs.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine 5G, focusing on national security concerns, intellectual property issues, and the impact on competition and innovation.

Finance
Hearings to examine challenges in the retirement system.

Budget
Hearings to examine fixing a broken budget and spending process, focusing on the perspectives of two former Chairmen.

Senate Floor Schedule

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) funding bill passes committee

House panel cites Barr for contempt over redactions in Mueller report

House Intelligence subpoenas DOJ for full Mueller report and underlying intel materials

Schiff weighs fining Trump officials $25,000 per day


Floor Outlook

McConnell eyes end-of-month deadline as disaster aid hits new 'obstacles'

Pelosi says Congress no closer to vote on Trump USMCA trade deal

Pelosi hints at more contempt charges against Trump administration officials

Congress Last Week

FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) funding bill passes committee

Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) funding bill.

BILL SUMMARY:

The bill includes all long-standing pro-life protections. This includes the Hyde Amendment (banning taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion).

There are three problematic sections:

1) increases funding to the Title X family planning program and blocks the Trump Administration’s final rule

2) increases funding to the Teen Prevention Program (TPP) and requires Obama-era grantees to continue receiving funding

3) eliminates the Sexual Risk Avoidance program which funds abstinence education

MARK-UP SUMMARY:

During the mark-up, three amendments were offered that would have strengthened pro-life protections:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Monday — May 6, 2019

Government Shutdowns: Contract Killers
Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Reform) 

Voting Rights and Election Administration in Florida
Subcommittee on Elections (Committee on House Administration) 

Local Efforts to Counter the Terror Threat in New York City: A Retrospective and a Roadmap.
Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism (Committee on Homeland Security) 

Source: House.gov


Tuesday — May 7, 2019

FY20 — Budget, Department of the Interior
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations) 

• H.R. 2157 — Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019;
• H.R. 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

Committee on Rules 

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (3 bills)
  1. H.R. 2002 Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019 (Rep. McCaul Foreign Affairs)
  2. H.Res. 273 Reaffirming the United States commitment to Taiwan and to the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act (Rep. Engel Foreign Affairs)
  3. H.R. 1704 Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019 (Rep. McCaul Foreign Affairs)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Appropriations
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2020 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
to be immediately followed by a closed session in SVC-217.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine privacy rights and data collection in a digital economy.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Hearings to examine agencies early public engagement and retrospective review.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, focusing on making electronic health information available to patients and providers, part II.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine intellectual property and the price of prescription drugs, focusing on balancing innovation and competition.

Senate Floor Schedule

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

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