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What's Congress Voting On? Week of October 9, 2017

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by Countable | 10.12.17

The House will return from its three-day weekend on Tuesday to consider a number of bills renaming post offices and a border patrol checkpoint before its work week begins in earnest on Wednesday.

Then the agenda will include bills to extend an energy conservation exemption for smoke alarms and similar devices, award cash bonuses to federal employees who find unnecessary costs to cut, and permanently allow judicial reviews of decisions by the Merit Systems Protection Board related to whistleblowers. It will end its week considering a disaster relief bill and legislation protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

The Senate will next convene for legislative session on Monday, October 16.

Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday

  • No votes are expected.

Tuesday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 294: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 2700 Cullen Boulevard in Pearland, Texas, as the "Endy Ekpanya Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 452: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 324 West Saint Louis Street in Pacific, Missouri, as the "Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office" Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 1858: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office" Passed 397-0.

  • H.R. 2254: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 2635 Napa Street in Vallejo, California, as the "Janet Capello Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2302: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, New Jersey, as the "Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. Post Office" Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 2464: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the "John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post Office" Passed 395-0.

  • S. 1617: To designate the checkpoint of the United States Border Patrol located on United States Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, as the "Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint" Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • S. 190: Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act Passed by voice vote.

  • S. 920: National Clinical Care Commission Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 378: Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2229: All Circuit Review Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2105: NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017, amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2763: The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2196: To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2989: Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3031: TSP Modernization Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3243: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017 Passed 418-0.

  • H.R. 2302: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, New Jersey, as the "Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. Post Office" Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 452: To designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 324 West Saint Louis Street in Pacific, Missouri, as the "Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office" Passed 418-0.

Thursday between 12pm and 4:30pm

  • S. 585: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 Passed 420-0.

  • H.R. 2266: Making additional supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes Passed 353-69.

  • Motion to go to conference on H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2018 Adopted 414-8.

Friday

  • The House has cancelled votes on Friday.

Senate

  • The Senate will not be in legislative session.

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  • Laura
    10/09/2017
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    So let me see if I have this right. You don't want us to have affordable birth control. You don't want us to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, that could have been prevented with birth control. You don't want to pay us for time off to raise the baby. You don't want to pay us the same as a man to be able to raise a baby. And should we not make enough money or have employer funded health care, you don't want us to be able to take care of the baby's medical needs either thru ACA or Medicaid. Apparently, you do not like women and would rather not protect us as our congressmen, but would rather harm us. Why do you hate women so much?

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  • SouthernGal
    10/08/2017
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    Just curious here, who gets the reward for turning in the various cabinet secretaries for their love of chartered planes?? Can we please do something about guns, forget the post offices? Gun regulation, Puerto Rico, changing campaign finance laws, killing citizens united, fixing the ACA, repaying Social Security for the $230 trillion you’ve stolen from it, and shoring up other social programs like CHIPs and Medicaid are what you should be concentrating on. The 1% do not need tax breaks. Close tax loop holes so big corporations start paying their fair share. And, please start remembering that US citizens pay your wages, not big corporations.

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  • Lawrence
    10/08/2017
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    Dear Mr Prez: If my family and I come and kneel at the WH gates, do you promise to leave and take the VP with you?

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  • Scott
    10/08/2017
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    Camron, the USPS is losing money because Congress mandated they pre-fund all pension obligations for the service every year. They have been playing catch-up for long since retired employees, when the government siphoned off funds from the pension to provide tax breaks and other budget items. That said, the real problems are many, not the least of which is that people use email and other means to communicate today. “Snail mail” is largely the realm of direct marketing, government/legal notices, and political campaigns. If they charged what made economic sense for a piece of mail, no one would ever use it. Just look at what FedEx or UPS charge for envelopes. Privatization won’t change the math, it will just add the need for someone to make lots of money at others’ expense.

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  • Michael777
    10/09/2017
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    Get money out of politics! Limit campaign contributions and spending!

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  • Adam
    10/08/2017
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    Hey, Congress... do something to pretend you earn your pay. Acts about naming Post Office buildings do not count. Make meaningful changes for your constituents.

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  • CamronA
    10/08/2017
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    They should try to privatize the mail system because the usps losses BILLIONS Of dollars every year and they are only kept afloat through government subsidies. We could then eliminate junk mail and make mail even quicker and more efficient and create competition. I dont know why this hasn’t been done yet

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  • Don
    10/08/2017
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    Get some stuff done this session! Compromise! Give and take! That’s what previous Congresses did. No more hard lines. Do your job!

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  • Mancos
    10/08/2017
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    Where is the item to impeach Trump? Isn't it telling that the only GOP members willing to speak out against Trump are those not running for re-election? If nothing else, put term limits on the docket.

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  • Ruth
    10/09/2017
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    With all the problems facing this Congress, it absolutely infuriates me that one minute of time is being spent on renaming postal locations.

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  • Claude
    10/09/2017
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    It is great to see that our congress is hard at work naming post offices. Maybe you guys should start to work on gun control, comprehensive immigration, disaster relief, abuses by Trump appointees, reckless Trump foreign polices before he gets us in a major war

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  • Maureen
    10/08/2017
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    This is a waste of time, the little minute amount of electricity used in smoke detectors is just that minimal. I’m sure you could find something of more importance to spend your time on like assaults weapons bans or stop the sale of silencers to the public. I’m a veteran and I understand in a wartime situation either of these options would be a valuable asset but the public has no need for this type of asset unless your looking for more Las Vegas situations and I know none of us wants to ever witness anything like this again. I would love to see sanity back in Government.

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  • Mary alice
    10/09/2017
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    Surely there are items more important such as removing Trump and Pence. They are a discredit to our Country and the middle class. Now you're lining his pockets with our SS, Medicare and retirement.

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  • Christine
    10/09/2017
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    20k for a bonus for doing their jobs? Are you kidding me? How about getting rid of the budget that’s being proposed. How about you guys take a pay freeze instead of making my husband and other civil workers taking them and helping reduce the deficit that the govt created. Why are they taking the brunt of it? My husband should be getting paid WAY more than you guys since he saves lives DAILY. Stop it already with the FAA. You need them. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to fly without them doing their job.

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  • Robert
    10/09/2017
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    Really? Our country is falling apart and you are voting on naming post offices? Please change the priorities or resign. Quit the arguing and do something. I wish you worked for me. I guarantee you I would not put up with all the BS.

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  • Terry
    10/08/2017
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    Do nothing Congress continues

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  • Niel
    10/09/2017
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    Get money out of politics, increase gun control, and raise taxes on the top one percent.

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  • Cameron
    10/08/2017
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    You know how many people don't even use a smoke alarm? This is a step in the right direction, thank you.

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  • Scott
    10/09/2017
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    I am in total awe of how the founding fathers constructed the declaration of independence and the constitution into a living document that has survived for hundreds of years. Currently I am in total disgust on how the current president has turned the office of President into a game show.

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  • Liamallison
    10/08/2017
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    The thought of allowing people in certain circumstances to not have smoke alarms is horrible.

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