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A Sneak Peek at the Week Ahead in Congress

by Countable | 9.29.17

Congress has a busy final week of September on tap next week, with possible votes on a Republican healthcare reform proposal looming in addition to its typical weekly workload. Here’s a look at four of the bills your reps may vote on:

Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Reform

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he intends to bring this legislation to the floor as an amendment to the House-passed American Health Care Act, it’s not clear he’ll have the votes to do so. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ) have said they would oppose the amendment, while other Republicans such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have stopped short of endorsing it. The GOP can only afford two "no" votes from its senators, otherwise Republicans will be faced with the bill’s failure barring any surprise support from Democrats.

The proposal would repeal significant portions of Obamacare, such as the individual and employer mandates, and replace its premium support and cost-sharing reduction payments with a system of block grants to states, which would use the funds to help people obtain health insurance. Congress has until September 30 to pass healthcare reform legislation using the reconciliation process, any votes later than that will require a challenging 60-vote threshold.

Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act

This bill from Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is slated to get a vote Wednesday or Thursday in the House. It would prohibit the payment of Social Security disability or retirement benefits to individuals with outstanding warrants for felonies or related parole violations.

Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act

The House is expected to begin consideration of Rep. Adrian Smith’s (R-NE) bill to extend funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program on Tuesday. The program is set to expire at the end of the month, and aims to give pregnant women and families — especially those considered at-risk — resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.

Women, Peace, and Security Act

This bill from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) would require the president to provide Congress with a measurable strategy to improve the participation of women in peace and security processes, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding activities. The Senate already passed this bill on a voice vote and the House passed its companion sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) in June on a voice vote of its own, so this bill will likely head to President Donald Trump’s desk on Monday.

Tell us in the comments what you think then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Eric Revell

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  • Kathy
    09/23/2017
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    Thank you John McCain for your courage and for standing up for the American people. I can only hope that Senator Gardner can find the courage to represent his constituents, not the wealthy donors who want their tax cuts and could care less how many Americans suffer without adequate, affordable healthcare!

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  • Grace
    09/23/2017
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    Vote no on the Cassidy healthcare bill.

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  • Blackhawk.U.S.Army.Vet
    09/23/2017
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    Congress and the House of Representatives are worthless. Busy doing what? They haven’t passed anything that I can remember. Mitch and Ryan go home and please don’t come back!

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  • 31messenger
    09/23/2017
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    Please vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

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  • Grace
    09/23/2017
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    Graham-Cassidy Health Act is not good for the country! approximately 32,000 000 will be without medical insurance! As Senator Mc Cain says, “the proper steps, analysis and debates have not been followed!

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  • Plegian
    09/23/2017
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    Gosh, where to begin. With my Indiana Governor Holcomb. He supports this bill and has already directed funds from the state gas tax revenue to help pay for Hip 2.0 in the event this bill passes. How are Hoosiers to trust their elected officials when in good faith we supported the ten cent per gallon gas tax to fix our roads and repair our bridges. It appears this bill will fail and it should. The only way congress will ever have my approval is when they come together in a bipartisan fashion to repair the ACA as legislators once did when Medicare was made better over the years.

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  • Wallace
    09/23/2017
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    Vote no on the GOP healthcare plan!!! Repair the ACA and do not repeal it! Do not give federal benefits to felons! Protect women and children!!!

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  • Joanne
    09/23/2017
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    The Home Visiting Act MUST be extended, actually, made permanent. Early intervention is a immensely important part of helping children and their families. It is the key to helping children get what they need to lead productive lives. Without early intervention these families and children will struggle. It is more cost effective to help them at a very young age and avoid more severe complications later. I urge you to vote YES on this matter.

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  • Azrael
    09/23/2017
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    Why does the administrator of the epa have 24/7 18 member security force? Not on our tax dollar Remove this immediately Remove the use of private jets too for all administration Wtf is going on? Our money is being pissed away on spoiled rich men They can fly coach just like all public servants They can get over being threatened Anyone in business in any kind of admin position gets threatened They deal with it Either put on your public servant panties or get off our payroll

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  • Marianne
    09/23/2017
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    Vote no on the graham-cassidy monstrosity. Yes on the women in peacekeeping bill, yes on the children & parents bill.

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  • Steve
    09/23/2017
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    NO TO THE LATEST AND CRUELEST TRUMPCARE ABOMINATION.

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  • Cindy
    09/23/2017
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    NO to the Graham-Cassidy bill!!! Fix the ACA and make it even better, for everyone!!

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  • GILLMANS
    09/23/2017
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    As someone brilliant noted on Twitter, I wonder how much money is lost in productivity as we all have to take the time to contact our elected officials and beg them not to kill us? Do not allow Graham Cassidy to pass. Healthcare reform should be top priority - but THIS is not good enough. Not by a long shot.

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  • Ann
    09/23/2017
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    John McCain is a hero again for speaking out against this move to trash healthcare for all the people of the US. Thank you John!

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  • Richard
    09/23/2017
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    The scariest thing has got to be that these lame ass senators think that the mandate that they have is from the majority. Like they are oblivious of this thing called the electoral college. How smart can they possibly be to not realize what the majority of the US population wants. Especially the ones who have town halls that are so crowded with angry constituents that they decide not to show up, or they actually TELL them what they think! Kick them the hell out and let's fix our country before it's too late!

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  • Van
    09/24/2017
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    Not only should this atrocity be voted down, but we need to go ahead with Medicare for All. I don’t want healthcare decisions made by my physicians to be influenced by the next quarterly Profit & Loss report; I want it to be based on best medical practices.

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  • Marilyn
    09/23/2017
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    Why won't you guys get along and improve the medical insurance plan. Grow up and enact laws. You guys are acting juvenile. We elected trump to drain the swamp, remember come election time.

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  • Tom
    09/23/2017
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    Vote NO on this healthcare bill. It hurts far more individuals than it ever will help. Congress needs to work across the isle for a better healthcare bill. This is not what the electors wanted you to do! Over 50% of Americans favor ACA with some revisions.

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  • Robert
    09/23/2017
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    This administration is a complete waste of time and money. Give the American people a break, take the rest of your term off and set at home and wait to be voted out of office.

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  • Norm
    09/24/2017
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    VOTE NO! This appears to be the worst revision of the ACA repeal and replace effort yet. Unless you have no conscience at all you will VOTE NO. My remarks represent 4 voters from my household. VOTE NO!

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