by Countable | 11.9.17
Congress will start its four-day work week on Monday, with both chambers taking Friday off in observance of Veterans Day.
The House will begin its week with a slate of five bills related to veterans affairs on Monday, including a bill to require a report on the status of management reorganization at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). Tuesday will feature a mix of financial services and veterans affairs bills, including a bill reforming the definition of a "joint employer" for regulatory purposes and a bill helping veterans access organ transplants through the VA. Wednesday and Thursday will focus on a bill granting small businesses an exemption for offering stock, an overhaul of hydropower regulations, and potentially a flood insurance reform bill.
The Senate convenes Monday and will consider nominations to several positions in the Trump administration, including assistant attorney general, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and under secretary of transportation. Its schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)
H.R. 1066: VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 Passed 399-0.
H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3562: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes Passed 400-0.
H.R. 3656: To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3657: To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries Passed by voice vote.
Tuesday after 12pm
H.R. 3441: Save Local Business Act Passed 242-181.
H.R. 1133: Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3911: Risk-Based Credit Examination Act Passed by 389-32.
H.R. 2148: Clarifying Real Estate Loans, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 918: Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 1900: National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2123: VETS Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2601: VICTOR Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3634: SERVE Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3705: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended Vote postponed.
H.R. 3949: VALOR Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 4173: Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended Vote postponed.
Wednesday after 12pm
H.R. 3043: Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 Passed 257-166.
H.R. 4173: Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended Passed 420-0.
H.R. 3705: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended Passed 422-0.
Thursday between 9am and 3pm
Tuesday after 12pm
Confirmation vote on the nomination of John Gibson to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense Confirmed 91-7.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Steven Engel to be Assistant Attorney General Invoked 51-47.
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Steven Engel to be Assistant Attorney General Confirmed 51-47.
Coture vote on the nomination of Peter Robb to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board Invoked 51-47.
Wednesday after 10am
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Peter Robb to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board Confirmed 49-46.
Cloture vote on the nomination of William Wehrum to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Invoked 49-46.
Thursday after 9:30am
Confirmation vote on the nomination of William Wehrum to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Confirmed 49-47.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Derek Kan to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Invoked 87-9.
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We have heard enough of your prayers and really can’t use your thoughts. Here’s what needs to be on your agenda: 1. GUN CONTROL 2. Mental health care. 3. No tax breaks for the rich. 4 Take care of us vets. And 5. Health care for all. That’s five things. You can do this.
Help the veterans but not the rich!!! Do not endorse any Trump nominees!!!
Is it enough yet? Another day, another shooting. When will you all make gun control a priority? This was Texas. Clearly, the let people carry guns theory doesn't work.
Tomorrow we will hear the usual “thoughts and prayers” bs from our representatives. We are tired of the lack of Sensible Gun Control laws. Take a stand against the lobbyists and the NRA. Do your job!
Funny the real Veterans protecting our country never take a Friday off.
Can we please talk about gun control now?! No one needs an automatic weapon or a device that makes one. Also we need stricter background checks. It is more difficult to buy alcohol or cigarettes than guns. This is so wrong. You can make a difference to SAVE LIVES. I am begging you to save lives. Do what is right!
I recommend being pro-military and providing veterans with resources after returning from war (remember only Congress can declare war but not the President) PLUS being anti-war. This country’s military budget already exceeds that of at least 8 countries.
Do NOT consider any nominations to any position in trump’s administration. VOTE NO NO NO to ALL of them. Haven’t we endured enough???!!! Help our veterans not the rich big money that runs this country. STOP the NRA and their blood money.
It’s time for my weekly comment: Getting Trump et. al. out of office! Sadly, it’s not on the docket (again) but with Mueller on the case, hopefully it will be soon.
I know gun control will not bring back those killed in the past, but if it had been addressed years ago it might have saved many lives. Stop taking money from the NRA and protect your families, my family, because next time they may be in the crowd that is attacked. We need to limit the number of guns any one person can own, assault weapons are not needed for hunting or protection. Leave those types of guns to our military. Register all guns, background checks and please the mentally ill do not need guns. We need to make America safe again.
We elected the reps but the big business bought them. Who are the winners here? Not the constituents.
The part the really 🤢 gets to me, are all the congressional women reps that vote against other women’s reproductive rights and the basic human rights of 👶 children. 💅🏻How did so many brain dead 👸🏻cheerleaders make it into Congress? I, sincerely pray, history remembers these narcissistic witches for their actions. Their legacy most certainly will reflect their cold-hearted legislative actions. 💊 Come midterms, these women are going to face seriously re-election issues. 🚧 Neither party will want them and the people most certainly won’t want them.
How about doing SOMETHING about gun control... We are “thinking and praying” that you won’t be re-elected if you don’t...
Our Veterans are in desperate need of these updates. Stop the daily loss of lives that we hear about when these heroes come home. Fix it!!!
I really wish that I could believe that your intent is to benefit your constituents but based on your previous votes and your unquestioning support of Trump I don’t. Based on what I see you pander to the rich, powerful and extremist but if you really want to service the majority of citizens here are a few suggestions: real gun control, single payer universal healthcare that includes mental healthcare, changes to DVA healthcare that would really improve the care given to vets (allow vets to access the private healthcare system via government funded insurance) and no tax breaks for corporations or the rich. During the Clinton Presidency taxes were actually increased but the real economy grew.
Now is the time to talk about gun violence How many killed in the last month by DOMESTIC TERRORISTS? Let’s call it what it is terroristic acts Do something and do it now
Stop the NRA from funding members of Congress so we can get gun control laws passed. How sad it is to know we have a government that would rather see innocent people violently killed than stand up to the NRA.
This week we will see just how focused our individual Congressional Representatives are, on the preservation of the rights our veterans earned the right to, and promised to receive, by past legislations. all need to impress upon their Senators and Representatives, the need to support and pass the bills coming before them.