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What's Congress Voting On? Week of December 5, 2016

by Countable | 12.5.16

Week of December 5, 2016
Congress has a lot on its agenda this week, with the funding for the federal government set to run out on Friday. The House is scheduled to be voting Monday through Thursday, while the Senate convenes on Monday. Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.

The House will deal with a number of suspension bills on Monday while the Senate holds a vote to invoke cloture on the 21st Century Cures Act. The Senate will need to pass the version of the NDAA that the House passed last week. Additionally, both chambers will need to pass the continuing resolution to fund the government past Friday when it is introduced.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 5015: Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act Passed 392-0.
  • H.R. 6427: Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act Passed 391-2.
  • S. 1635: Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2016 Passed 374-16.
  • H.R. 2726: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 795: To enhance whistleblower protection for contractor and grantee employees. Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 3395: Prescribed Burn Approval Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 756: Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6375: Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3381: Childhood Cancer STAR Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 939: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all students should have access to the digital tools necessary to further their education and compete in the 21st century economy. Passed 414-1.
  • H.R. 6394: Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016 Passed 411-4.
  • H.Res. 932: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to third party charges on consumer telephone bills. Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2873: Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 4680: National Park Service Centennial Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6401: Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act Not considered.
  • S. 817: To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the state of Oregon. Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 818: TO amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections. Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6416: Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 Passed 419-0.
  • H.R. 5399: Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 4150: Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Traverse City, Michigan, as the "Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic" Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 3076: Charles Duncan Buried with Honor Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 875: Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 4352: Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 5143: Transparent Insurance Standards Act Passed 239-170.
  • S. 3028: Daniel J. Evans Olympic National Park Wilderness Act Passed 401-8.
  • H.R. 1219: Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2016 Passed 412-1.
  • H.R. 329: Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6400: To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3711: Chicano Park Preservation Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6435: To authorize the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with appropriate civilian accreditation entities or appropriate health care evaluation entities to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 5099: CHIP IN for Vets Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6076: TREAT Astronauts Act of 2016 Passed 413-0.
  • H.R. 5790: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2016 Passed 404-0.
  • S. 2971: National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016 Passed 405-7.
  • S. 2846: Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2016
  • H.R. 4298: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Memorial Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6130: Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6431: Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2854: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 3183: To prohibit circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to any given event Passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 1632: To require a regional strategy to address the threat posed by Boko Haram Passed by unanimous consent.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • S. 612: Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act Passed 360-61.
  • H.R. 2028: Continuing Resolution for FY 2017 Appropriations Passed 326-96.
  • H.R. 4919: Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2016 Passed 346-66.
  • S. 2974: To ensure funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6450: To amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to strengthen the independence of the Inspectors General Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6451: To improve Government-wide management of Federal property Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6452: To implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, to implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean. Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6480: To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6477: To amend chapter 97 of title 28, United State Codes, to clarify the exception to foreign sovereign immunity set forth in section 1605(a)(3) of such title. Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 5428: Military Residency Choice Act Not considered.

Senate

Monday at 5:30pm

  • H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act Cloture invoked 85-13. Passage vote still required.

Tuesday after 10am

  • H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act Potential vote on final passage.
  • S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Potential cloture vote.

Wednesday after 10am

  • H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act Passed 94-5.
  • S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Cloture invoked 92-7.

Thursday after 12:30pm

  • S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Passed 92-7.

Friday after 10am

  • H.R. 2028: Continuing Resolution for FY 2017 Appropriation
  • S. 612: Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

— Eric Revell

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  • Mary
    12/05/2016
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    Congress should be focused on two things: finally doing their jobs as far as Supreme Court nominee Garland, and passing a budget that is in the best interest of the human being citizens and not corporations and special interests

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  • Steve
    12/05/2016
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    OK everyone. It is time that we all play well together. Let's all get together and vote for bills that adhere to the constitution and help the American people and not reflect what on personal feelings.

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  • Alex
    12/05/2016
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    I agree with focusing on helping the American people and not special interests!!! Congress, our message to you is. Just do your job! Do your job! Do your job!

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  • Vern
    12/05/2016
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    I like for Congress to just do the most good for the most amount of citizens and not for scoring political points or cronyism.

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  • Alan
    12/05/2016
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    To stop all the fuss about Medicare, Social Security and national healthcare. We should pass a constitutional amendment. The amendment would create two separate accounts one for insurance and one for retirement. that uses Medicare as the governor of national health care and Social Security for retirement. Taxes can be raised, not lowered, to pay for all of it, and including language that congress cannot use the trust fund for anything at all, ever. It could also have language that would create personal accounts, the percentage each citizen will pay into our account each pay period for insurance, and how much for retirement. And, the percentage the federal, and state, governments will match for retirement and health purposes. Medicaid will not longer be needed. Also at what age we can begin to receive a retirement stipend. The stipend would be based on what each has paid into the retirement account and what the State and federal governments had matched. An individual could opt to get a total payout, monthly payments, or some combination of each. I believe that 62 is good for early retirement and 65 for full retirement. Remember the majority of all the funds are from each taxpayer. This plan would skip at least one generation before being completely implemented. The current system would stay in place until then. This would not be a voluntary system, no one could opt out, including doctors or insurance companies, (insurance companies are exempt from anti trust legislation, therefore subject to public regulation.) Pharmaceutical companies will have to negotiate with the national health system for the good of the patient. It will still be lawful to save or invest personal wealth for health and retirement. There will be a system put in place to insure all doctors participate, though they may still see private patients, but not exclusively. They must see all national health patients that seek treatment at their place of business. Another way would to have each county, of each state, have a duty roster for all doctors and when they will be on duty at a county funded institution, or private hospital. All private hospitals will also be mandated to take all national health patients that seek treatment. Advantage plans will be accepted as a means by which insurance companies will be able to participate in the national health program.

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  • Alan
    12/05/2016
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    Concerning election financing. I believe it would make another great constitutional amendment. Private donations to any election or appointment will be illegal. Whether from the candidates personal wealth or by any other means. All monies spent on any election or for placement of an individual into a government position will be with public monies. Taxes will be collected by states and the federal government to fund all elections. Federal law enforcement will oversee all elections, in all states, as well as the redistricting of all voting districts within the nation. The amount of taxes collected specifically for election purposes will be determined by a task force of state and federal officials. These funds will be kept separate from the general funds in all states and the federal government and cannot be spent for any other purpose. The monies collected within a state will be divided among all candidates during any election cycle. All monies collected by the federal government will be divided among all candidates during any federal election cycle. Each candidate will then be responsible for overseeing the expenditure of the funds they have been allocated to use for the election. Public oversight of each expenditure is mandated. Going over the allotted amount may be used as evidence of accepting private monies and will be punishable by a term in prison of not less than five years and not more than ten and the permanent loss of being able to hold elected or appointed office if convicted in open court. All candidates will provide their tax returns for at least the three previous years, for public preview and comment. All votes count, none may be disallowed except in an open court with two state and one federal judge presiding. This amendment makes all other laws and amendments about voting rights null and void, except the age at which a citizen may vote. inciting anger of a crowd at campaign rally's is to be considered sedition and punished by ten years in prison if convicted. If it be proved that a candidate did lie to the various assemblies of prospective voters, during or after a campaign, this too will be punishable by up to ten years in prison but no less than four years. All candidates that win office or are appointed to office will immediately divest themselves of all business endeavors, investments and positions, influential or not, and place them in a true blind trust run by and overseen by an independent third party and the federal government. They may sill own their homes and various properties but cannot run or have influence over how they are run in any way whatsoever.

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  • DIANEMOYER1
    12/06/2016
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    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH ALL OF THE OTHER COMMENTS, AND I DEFINITELY AND HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT OUR CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD CONCENTRATE MORE ON HELPING THOSE WHO ARE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED, HOMELESS, HUNGRY AND/OR OTHERWISE UNABLE TO GET HELP FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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  • John
    12/09/2016
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    Tomorrow is the dead line for funding the government I strongly encourage all you to pass the bill for the funding of the government there is no more time left your out of time

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  • Mj1804
    12/13/2016
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    Concerning election financing. I believe it would make another great constitutional amendment. Private donations to any election or appointment will be illegal. Whether from the candidates personal wealth or by any other means. All monies spent on any election or for placement of an individual into a government position will be with public monies. Taxes will be collected by states and the federal government to fund all elections. Federal law enforcement will oversee all elections, in all states, as well as the redistricting of all voting districts within the nation. The amount of taxes collected specifically for election purposes will be determined by a task force of state and federal officials. These funds will be kept separate from the general funds in all states and the federal government and cannot be spent for any other purpose. The monies collected within a state will be divided among all candidates during any election cycle. All monies collected by the federal government will be divided among all candidates during any federal election cycle. Each candidate will then be responsible for overseeing the expenditure of the funds they have been allocated to use for the election. Public oversight of each expenditure is mandated. Going over the allotted amount may be used as evidence of accepting private monies and will be punishable by a term in prison of not less than five years and not more than ten and the permanent loss of being able to hold elected or appointed office if convicted in open court. All candidates will provide their tax returns for at least the three previous years, for public preview and comment. All votes count, none may be disallowed except in an open court with two state and one federal judge presiding. This amendment makes all other laws and amendments about voting rights null and void, except the age at which a citizen may vote. inciting anger of a crowd at campaign rally's is to be considered sedition and punished by ten years in prison if convicted. If it be proved that a candidate did lie to the various assemblies of prospective voters, during or after a campaign, this too will be punishable by up to ten years in prison but no less than four years. All candidates that win office or are appointed to office will immediately divest themselves of all business endeavors, investments and positions, influential or not, and place them in a true blind trust run by and overseen by an independent third party and the federal government. They may sill own their homes and various properties but cannot run or have influence over how they are run in any way whatsoever.

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  • Darin
    12/06/2016
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    Why should the government spend more money on helping people if we have programs created to do so.

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  • Jack
    12/06/2016
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    Pentagon. Spend 125 billion. Which it tried to hide.

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  • John
    12/07/2016
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    Please pass the vote to fund the government before Friday dead line and please hurry thanks

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