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Saturday, November 16, 2019

House Committee Schedule

House Floor Schedule

Madam Speaker, we will consider several bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 4634, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, a very significant and very bipartisan bill. The complete list of suspension bills will be announced by the close of business today.

In addition, Madam Speaker, the House will be considering a continuing resolution through December 20 to keep the government open and operating on behalf of the American people. Madam Speaker, I am deeply disappointed by the Senate's failure to complete their work on appropriations, forcing us to consider another continuing resolution. This is evidence of failure, not of success. It is absolutely essential that we pass the CR to keep our government operating, but it is an indication that we have not gotten our business done as we should. I would remind House Members that we passed 96 percent of the funding of government by June 26 this year, or approximately 3 months before the end of the fiscal year, a little over 3 months. By the end of the fiscal year, the United States Senate had passed not a single appropriations bill. I am disappointed by that but recognize that passing a CR is absolutely essential. Rather than kick the can further down the road, however, we must use that time between now and December 20 to work on an agreement on 302(b) allocations, which will allow us to move appropriation bills done in line with the bipartisan budget caps agreement.

Lastly, Madam Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This bipartisan bill directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a standard requiring healthcare and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to prevent and protect employees from violent incidents at work.

Senate Committee Schedule

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 11/14, Senate began consideration of the following:

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
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Senate began consideration of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
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Senate began consideration of the nomination of Adrian Zuckerman, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to RomaniaDepartment of State.
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Committee Activity

2 Abortion-related hearings last week:

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing entitled, “Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care.” According to a memo from the Majority staff, the hearing was intended to focus on how state policies “restrict comprehensive health services” and it noted that “Missouri remains at risk of becoming the first state in the country without a single abortion provider.” Allie Stuckey testified as the sole minority witness. Several Member interactions were recorded.

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