Saturday, December 14, 2019

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
As Members know, the current continuing resolution expires on December 20. The House will consider some appropriation measures.  Hopefully, and my expectation is, they are making progress in the Appropriations Committee on coming to a resolution on the 12 appropriation bills. It is my hope that we will consider those appropriation bills on the floor on Tuesday, perhaps a series of minibus packages to fund all of government for the remainder of the fiscal year. I would urge all of my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to do everything they can in the next 24 hours, frankly, to bring this matter to a close and agreement so that the staff will have an opportunity to put the bills together for consideration next week.

This week, negotiators were able to reach an agreement on a new trade agreement. The Republican whip has been asking me about that agreement.  I have assured him we wanted to get to yes, and we have gotten to yes.  We are pleased at that, this trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. It is possible that the USMCA trade agreement could be brought to the floor next week. …

This week, the House Judiciary Committee began markup, as the House knows and the country knows, of two Articles of Impeachment. Following committee action on these articles, the Judiciary Committee will make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives. We will determine a path forward on the floor following that recommendation.

Lastly, Mr. Speaker, as is always the case in the last week, at least the last scheduled week of a session, there may well be other pieces of legislation that will ripen for consideration and that may well be considered next week. We will announce those as soon as we know which, if any, bills qualify for that treatment.

Text of Bills for the Week of December 16, 2019

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 on Monday.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 4920 – Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Cloud / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

5) H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lizzie Fletcher / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

6) H.R. 4719 – FISH SAFE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

7) H.R. 3362 – Small Airport Mothers Room Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carol Miller / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

8) H.R. 4998 – Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee)

9) H.R. 4779 – To extend Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006 (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Energy and Commerce Committee)

10) H.R. 4229 – Broadband DATA Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Loebsack / Energy and Commerce Committee)

11) H.R. 4227 – MAPS Act (Sponsored by Rep. Donald McEachin / Energy and Commerce Committee)

12) H.R. 2647 – SOFFA, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui / Energy and Commerce Committee)

13) H.R. 3172 – Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tony Crdenas / Energy and Commerce Committee)

14) H.R. 150 – GREAT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Reform Committee)

15) S. 216 – Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act (Sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell / Natural Resources Committee)

16) H.R. 722 – Miracle Mountain Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Curtis / Natural Resources Committee)

17) S. 50 – Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley / Natural Resources Committee)

18) H.R. 453 – Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act (Sponsored by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann / Natural Resources Committee)

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes of the week on Tuesday are expected at 10:00 a.m.

Legislation Providing Further Appropriations for FY 2020

H.Res. 755Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 5430United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Ways and Means Committee)

Possible Consideration of H.R. 5377Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Suozzi / Ways and Means Committee)

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible 

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