Saturday, April 6, 2019

House Committee Schedule

House Floor Schedule

Legislative Program for next week

On Monday, the House meets at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the House meets at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Wednesday, the House meets at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Thursday and Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Net Neutrality
Israel vs. BDS
April 15 Budget Deadline
Born-Alive Protection

Majority Leader Hoyer seemed to indicate House Democrats were conditioning their bringing up H.R. 962 in the House on Senate Republicans taking up H.R. 1, their priority legislation, in the Senate.

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Gordon Hartogensis, of Connecticut, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for a term of five years, and other pending nominations.

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2020 for the Forest Service.

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
Hearings to examine ARIA in action, focusing on human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine migration at the United States Southern border, focusing on perspectives from the frontline.

Hearings to examine the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Senate Floor Schedule

Thursday, Senate began consideration of several nominations.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Patrick R. Wyrick, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of John P. Abizaid, of Nevada, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Holly A. Brady, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

Senate began consideration of the nomination of David Steven Morales, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Disaster relief bill fails in Senate

House condemns Trump's latest health care freedom push

Senate changes procedures to speed up Trump nominees

House approves domestic violence law with new gun restrictions and transgender provisions

House votes to stop supporting Yemen war

U.S. Senate confirms housing regulator overseeing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Monday, Tuesday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Tuesday, Representative Scalise presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of H.Res. 102, providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 962) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion (Discharge Petition No. 1).

Thursday, Majority Whip Scalise asked Majority Leader Hoyer about bringing up H.R. 962 during the floor colloquy.

Pro-Life Committee Activity Update

During an appropriations subcommittee hearingRep. Andy Harris (R-MD) questioned NIH Director Francis Collins on the ongoing research using fetal tissue (aborted babies) currently being funded through NIH.

During a mark-up the House Energy and Commerce Committee took up 14 bills.

The mark-up included H.R. 1425, the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, sponsored by Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN). H.R. 1425 establishes cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) and reinsurance without necessary safeguards to prevent these sources of taxpayer funding from going to insurance plans that cover abortion.

During consideration, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute (ANS) that would have included Hyde protections to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding insurance plans that cover abortion. After speaking on this ANS, Rep. Burgess withdrew it, indicating that he was interested in offering it again if H.R. 1425 is considered on the House floor.

Afterward, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) offered an amendment that would also have included Hyde protections. Rep. McMorris Rodgers said, “This is the same vote that Members of Congress have taken since 1976… in fact 4,072 votes. Which affirms the longstanding, bipartisan consensus that federal dollars should not pay for abortion…”

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