Saturday, July 27, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Thursday — August 1, 2019

Colorado's Roadmap for Clean Energy Action: Lessons from State and Local Leaders
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses at Military Bases
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access (Committee on Small Business) 

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Armed Services
Business meeting to consider pending military nominations.

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nomination of Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine regulatory frameworks for digital currencies and blockchain.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine unprecedented migration at the United States southern border, focusing on what is required to improve conditions.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Sharon Fast Gustafson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, and Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member, both of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Finance
Hearings to examine the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate begins consideration of the veto messages with respect to S.J. Res. 36, providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic of certain defense articles and services, S.J. Res. 37, providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain defense articles and services, and S.J. Res. 38, providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of certain defense articles and services, and votes on passage of the joint resolutions, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding, in the order listed, at 5:30 p.m.

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate receives H.R. 3877, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, to establish a congressional budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, to temporarily suspend the debt limit, it be placed on the calendar and not be required to lay over a day before a motion to proceed is in order.

Thursday, 7/25, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Mueller said he wouldn't answer questions on Russia investigation origins or Steele dossier

Byron York: Confused performance by Mueller raises questions about handling of investigation

House Oversight readies subpoenas for White House aides' personal email, text messages

House Judiciary Democrats ramp up probe of Trump: 'This is an impeachment investigation.'

'The squad' goes on fact-free vaping rant


Floor Outlook

Senate to vote Monday on overriding Trump's Saudi arms deal vetoes

Trump poised to win Saudi arms sales standoff in Senate next week

Divided House Democrats punt border bill until after recess

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate confirms new defense secretary

Congress clears permanent funding for Sept. 11 victims fund

House passes bill opposing BDS, exposing divide among Democrats

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead FAA

House clears bill to relieve onslaught of robocalls plaguing Americans

Senate confirms Trump judge despite Dem concerns about his membership in Catholic org

House approves loan program for troubled pension plans

U.S. House passes debt limit and spending bill, sends to Senate


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Tuesday, Wednesday, Wednesday, ThursdayThursday, Thursday

2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Last week the State Department hosted the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the largest religious freedom event of its kind in the globe. More than 1,000 civil society and religious leaders, and more than 100 foreign delegations were in attendance. Last year’s Ministerial was the first to focus solely on religious liberty. This year’s ministerial highlighted several survivors of religious persecution and those still living in systematic persecution.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Pro-Life Implications of Budget Agreement

On Monday evening, President Trump and bipartisan Congressional leadership reached a budget agreement for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Regarding the appropriations process, the agreement states that “there will be no poison pills, additional new riders, additional CHIMPS, or other changes in policy or conventions that allow for higher spending levels, or any non-appropriations measures unless agreed to on a bipartisan basis by the four leaders with the approval of the President.”

This agreement indicates that longstanding pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, will be retained and that provisions in House appropriations bills that attack the Trump Administration’s pro-life achievements will not be included. This is contingent on the four leaders and the President putting this arrangement into effect as the appropriations process continues.

There are currently nine pro-life problems in House-passed appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 that need to be addressed:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Monday — July 22, 2019

How Regulations Stifle Small Business Growth
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access (Committee on Small Business)

Weathering the Storm: Improving Hurricane Resiliency through Research
Subcommittee on Environment (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Source: House.gov


Tuesday — July 23, 2019

Protecting Every Citizen: Assessing Emergency Preparedness for Underserved Populations
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (Committee on Homeland Security)

Restoring the Partnership: The Future of Federalism in America
Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Learning from Whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)

• H.R. 397 — Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019;
• H.R. 3239 — Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act

Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

Legislative Program:

We will consider several bills, Madam Speaker, under suspension of the rules.

The House will also consider H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multi-employer Pensions Act, commonly referred to as the Butch Lewis Act. The 10 million Americans who have paid into multi-employer pensions deserve to know they will receive the benefits they have earned when they retire. The bill will help ensure a secure retirement for these workers and retirees.

In addition, Madam Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Improvement Act. This legislation introduced by Congresswoman Escobar will ensure that the Department of Homeland Security addresses border issues in a responsible and humane manner. The bill fosters greater accountability when it comes to the handling of children and migrant families at all levels within the Department of Homeland Security.

The House is also expected to consider additional legislation, Madam Speaker, related to the current humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

Members are advised that additional legislative items are expected. As we know, it is the last week before we adjourn, and there is an effort to try to get things done that can, in fact, be done within the timeframe we have available to us.

It is my sincere hope that an agreement is reached to raise budget caps and the debt limit. The Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin and others have been working very hard on this objective, and I am hopeful that they will reach an agreement that we can agree on as a House and as a Senate. Assuming an agreement is reached, we will consider that as soon as they reach it, and hopefully, that will be next week.


TUESDAY, JULY 23
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. 36 – Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

2) H.R. 3196 – Vera C. Rubin Observation Designation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

3) H.R. 34 – Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

4) H.R. 1665 – Building Blocks of STEM Act (Sponsored by Rep. Haley Stevens / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

5) H.R. 2397 – American Manufacturing Leadership Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Haley Stevens / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine challenges for cannabis and banking, focusing on outside perspectives.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the United States interests in the Freely Associated States.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Mark T. Esper, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Defense, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 7/18, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Kellyanne Conway defies House subpoena

On a scale of 1 to 10, getting a new defense budget is an 11, Trump's nominee for Pentagon chief says

Google exec denies accusations company has been infiltrated by China

Four Key Takeaways From The Senate’s Google Hearing
• The Communications Decency Act and Google’s Unfair Immunity
• Bias Against Conservatives
• A Roadmap for Pedophiles
• Anti-Competitive by Controlling All Parts of Digital Content

House Oversight Committee chairman shouted down acting Secretary of Homeland Security over conditions in migrant camps


Floor Outlook

Senate to vote on 9/11 victims bill by Wednesday

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes resolution rebuking Trump after bitter partisan floor fight
• Speaker Pelosi began her remarks: ‘Mr. Speaker, I come to this floor prayerfully.’
Nancy Pelosi calls out President Trump for 'racist' comments on House floor
House chairman scolds Nancy Pelosi for 'personality' attack on Trump on House floor
'I abandon the chair!' Chaos erupts as Pelosi violates House rules before Democrat vote to condemn controversial tweet
Parliamentary chaos as House Democrats ban and un-ban Speaker Pelosi from House floor
House chairman who dropped the gavel says everyone's statements violated the rules: 'It's embarrassing'
Full debate as recorded in the Congressional Record

Senate ratifies long-stalled tax treaty

Sen. Rand Paul delays attempt to reauthorize 9/11 first responder bill, cites cost as the reason

Democrats reject impeachment in hasty vote to punish Trump
95 Democrats vote to impeach the president for causing "harm to the society" of the United States

In escalating battle with Trump, House votes to hold Barr and Ross in contempt

Senate passes bill making hacking election voting systems a federal crime

House passes repeal of Obamacare tax on high-cost plans

House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Saturday, July 13, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Monday — July 15, 2019

Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration, Part II: Kellyanne Conway
Committee on Oversight and Reform

• H.R. 3494 Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020;
• H.R. 582 Raise the Wage Act;
• H. Res. ___ (H. Rept. 116-125) Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General of the United States, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce, in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with Subpoenas Duly Issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform

Committee on Rules

Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention at CBP Facilities
Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Committee on the Judiciary)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, JULY 15TH
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. 2615 - United States-Northern Triangle Enhancement Engagement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 2744 - USAID Branding Modernization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.Res. 441 - Condemning the attack on the AMA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 1994 and expressing the concern of the United States regarding the continuing, 25-year-long delay in the resolution of this case and encouraging accountability for the attack (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.Res. 432 - Condemning the attacks on peaceful protesters and supporting an immediate peaceful transition to a civilian-led democratic government in Sudan (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Kildee / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.Res. 345 - Recognizing widening threats to freedoms of the press and expression around the world, reaffirming the centrality of a free and independent press to the health of democracy, and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance on World Press Freedom Day (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff / Foreign Affairs Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the expected nomination of Mark T. Esper, to be Secretary of Defense.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine Facebook's proposed digital currency and data privacy considerations.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Peter Joseph Phipps, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain (Treaty Doc. 113-4), Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation (Treaty Doc. 112-1), Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Japan (Treaty Doc. 114-1), and Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Luxembourg (Treaty Doc. 111-8), is at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, 7/11, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Senate sets quick hearing to act ‘expeditiously’ on Mark Esper's nomination to be defense secretary

Mueller testimony to Congress pushed back


Floor Outlook

House to hold criminal contempt votes next week against Barr, Ross

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate confirms Trump's 9th Circuit pick despite missing blue slips

House Democrats, 10 Republicans vote to override Trump's transgender troop ban

House sends Sept. 11 compensation measure to the Senate

House defense bill's liberal provisions face the ax in the Senate
• Cutting sex education for the military would be a good start


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Saturday, July 6, 2019

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — July 9, 2019

• H.R. 2500 — National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov


Wednesday — July 10, 2019

The Trump Administration's Attack on the ACA: Reversal in Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions of Americans
Committee on Oversight and Reform

About Face: Examining the Department of Homeland Security's Use of Facial Recognition and Other Biometric Technologies
Committee on Homeland Security

Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border
Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Committee on the Judiciary)

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy
Committee on Financial Services

A Review of NASA's Plans for the International Space Station and Future Activities in Low Earth Orbit
Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

House Floor Schedule

TUESDAY, JULY 9TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 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. 1988 - Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Scott / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 2515 - Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 2162 - Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty / Financial Services Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Judiciary
Hearings to examine protecting innocence in a digital world.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Hearings to examine implementation of the National Defense Strategy in the United States Southern Command area of responsibility.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
Hearings to examine NASA exploration plans, focusing on where we have been and where we are going.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 6/27, Senate began consideration of the following nominations:

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of T. Kent Wetherell II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Damon Ray Leichty, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of J. Nicholas Ranjan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency.

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


Homeland Security

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Justice

House Judiciary calls for DOJ inspector general investigation into discrimination claims at FBI Academy

House bill targets illicit use of Pentagon networks


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