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This Week in Congress: Possible Votes on the Farm Bill & Ending Support for the Saudi Coalition in Yemen

What do you think of this week's Congressional schedule?

by Countable | Updated on 12.13.18

With the threat of a partial government shutdown over border security funding averted (at least until next Friday), Congress may vote this week on two other major items on its year-end agenda ― ending U.S. support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen and reauthorizing agriculture programs with a new Farm Bill.

The House starts its week on Monday with votes on 10 relatively uncontroversial bills under the fast-track “suspension of the rules” process that allows for limited debate, including a bill to ensure Secret Service agents can be paid for their overtime work.

The rest of the week will feature votes on bills aimed at reducing maternal mortality and providing care to infants born prematurely. There will also be votes on resolutions expressing support for the alliance with South Korea, condemning the Assad regime (plus its backers in Russia & Iran) for war crimes against the Syrian people, in addition to opposing Russian efforts to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and dominate European natural gas markets.

The House may also consider the conference report to the Farm Bill if the lawmakers on the conference committee are able to broker a deal between the competing House and Senate versions of the bill. The key issue preventing a breakthrough in that negotiation is the question of how stringent a work requirement for recipients of food stamps should be.

On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate begins its week Monday with a procedural vote on the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in advance of a potential confirmation vote.

Later in the week the Senate may debate a bill to withdraw U.S. military forces supporting the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, and could vote on the confirmation of Jonathan Kobes to be a judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 6893: Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 245: Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2511: CENOTE Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 5513: Big Bear Land Exchange Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3008: George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act Passed 382-4, 2 present.
  • House Amendment to S. 2248: Veterans Benefit and Transition Act of 2018 Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 825: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 Vote postponed.
  • H.R. 6665: Offshore Wind for Territories Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6108: Preserving America’s Battlefields Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6118: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City”, and for other purposes, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 792: Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historic significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Piñones in Loiza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places, as amended Passed 385-1, 2 present.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.Res. 1149: Recognizing that the United States-Republic of Korea alliance serves as a linchpin of regional stability and bilateral security, and exemplifies the broad and deep military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties shared between the United States and the Republic of Korea Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 1165: Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 1162: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Ukraine, and other purposes Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 1035: Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II, and for other purposes, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 3029: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passed 406-3.
  • H.R. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2465: Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6615: Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 943: Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6140: Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 7217: IMPROVE Act Passed 400-11.
  • H.Res. 1091: Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burma’s military and security forces, and for other purposes, as amended Vote postponed.
  • H.Res. 1157: Reaffirming the strong commitment of the United States to the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 825: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 Passed 403-3.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • Conference Report to H.R.2: The Farm Bill Agreed to (Passed) 369-47.
  • H.R. 2454: Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2736: Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 Passed by voice vote.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.Res. 1091: Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burma’s military and security forces, and for other purposes, as amended Passed 394-1.
  • S. 3749: Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act Passed by unanimous consent.


Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Invoked 55-43.

Tuesday after 11:30am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Confirmed 55-44.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Confirmed 51-50 (with VP Pence breaking the tie).
  • Conference Report to H.R.2: The Farm Bill Agreed to (Passed) 87-13.
  • Motion to proceed to S.J.Res. 64: Donor Disclosure Rule CRA Repeal Agreed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12:15pm

  • S.J.Res. 64: Donor Disclosure Rule CRA Repeal Passed 50-49.
  • Motion to proceed to S.J.Res. 54: Yemen War Powers Resolution Agreed to 60-39.
  • Requiring that amendments to S.J.Res. 54: Yemen War Powers Resolution be germane Agreed to 96-3.

Thursday

  • S.J.Res. 54: Yemen War Powers Resolution Passed 56-41.
  • S. 3749: Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act Passed by unanimous consent.

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  • Robert
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Most members of CONgress are a complete joke. We need voters to smarten up and stop voting these boobs in. If they can’t do their job then we need people in there who will. We need to have term limits and a report card on their production. In addition, let’s have them identify what lobbyist interacted with them prior to their vote and where the money is coming from that influenced their votes. Lets also see up to the minute data on their stock portfolio. DO YOUR JOB.

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  • Tim
    Voted Apathetic
    12/09/2018
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    Getting stuff done is great and all, but I still can’t for the life of me understand the whole “government shutdown” thing. So my government that my taxes pay for is taking a vacation because the people in my government whose living expenses I pay for can’t decide how to spend my money that I give them? Does this sound reasonable to anyone? At all? Anyone? St that note, anyone think it’s odd that Trump and Co. are always trying to lower taxes before reducing expenses? I know it’s never worked when I decide to get a lower paying job, then decide to reduce my expenses. The government’s become a bit of a joke. Not getting anything done in a timely or responsible manner. I wouldn’t care so much, but like... I was born into this country, I have no choice but to pay taxes. So I exercise one of my few freedoms and choose to say that the government taking my money needs to get their act together and start using it for something useful. The federal debt is still going up, the “preventable death” rate is still going up, the healthcare problem is still a problem. My county government still has corrupt people taking my money, which I still don’t have a say in. It’s time to stop re-electing all the same people. Get some younger people in office, people aren’t established “politicians”. Trump may not be the best president, but at least he gets things done, sure they’re controversial, but he’s done way more in 2 years than Obama ever did in his 8. Obama was a politician, politicians are never in a hurry. They don’t need to work to get paid, they just need to get elected to get paid. Once they’re in office they don’t need to do anything. Elect younger, newer people. Screw experience, the “experienced” people running the government are acting just like politicians have for decades. It’s time to update and modernize the government, starting with the people running it.

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  • FieryFierce
    Voted Happy
    12/10/2018
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    Halt support of Saudi now! Why are we stalling? Personal agenda or scared?

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  • Tom
    12/10/2018
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    I read comments from people who refer to our president as a liar. Have they forgotten the Obama lies. Like if you like your insurance plan you can keep it. Or if you like your do you can keep your doctor. How about your insurance rates will go down and your coverage will increase. Or maybe a 2% GDP is the new normal. Possibly that the Iran deal didn’t include payments, big payments for our hostages. Now there was a liar!

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  • Jann
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Don’t lump all these bills together. No votes on judicial positions until the new Congress is in office.

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  • John
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    They should and support for the Saudi’s are a bunch of murderers and liars. It’s all so obvious. Makes you wonder why our president who is himself one of the greatest liars and history doesn’t do something about it. Perhaps he has his own personal interest involved here?

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Apathetic
    12/10/2018
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    I know most members of Congress are intelligent but I often wonder how many are bought and paid for. Does my input really mean anything? I really despise the talk of government shut down. I worked for the government for 38 years. In my last years I seen this happen. We were considered essential employees, so we were to do our job even if we were not going to get paid. Who did not show up clerks GS 5 and janitorial crew. People you needed to do your job. I resent threats from higher paid people than I. Who will not lose one dime. I just sometimes wonder if our Congress really cares about their constituents or just their major contributors.

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  • Stephanie
    12/09/2018
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    Oh Congress and they never learn from their Constituents of course.

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  • Lisa
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Do not support the Saudis and stop making deals that mean that Farmers are in a position where they can’t do what they do best.....grow food and need subsidies to stay afloat. Of course they need to be supported but not due to BAD deals in Washington.

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  • Mark
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    Fund the wall. Or be prepared to find new jobs.

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  • Ray
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    Congress gets a big fat “F” from the country. They failed on everything that is important to our country and our people starting with our healthcare, protecting our democracy and our elections, tax laws, keeping the moron accountable, separating asylum seekers children from their parents and creating a big problem for generations to come, selling our country to Russia, backing Saudi murderers, tariff wars, not recognizing who is our ally and who isn’t, ignoring the climate change reality and on and on. These last two years have been demoralizing for our country and us. Nobody respects our president nor our lawmakers. They have make a joke of our institutions and our government only to protect the buffoon.

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  • thegrizzled1
    Voted Happy
    12/10/2018
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    We need to get out of Syria’s mess. And start helping Yemen to get back to being able to live again. We are responsible for the hell that the Arab government reigned down upon the men, women, and children that our American made bombs created.

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  • Teresa
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    Did I overlook the immigration reform of any kind in that list, or was it just not there...as usual!!! Nothing about abolishing birthright citizenship, halting chain migration or the visa lottery. Better yet; where is the funding for the wall or a solution for the 22-29 million illegal persons in our country? What is being done about the 39 million fake SSN's?

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  • Robert
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    Will they actually get it done? ...in a lame duck way?

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  • Joel
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    Empty suit Trump lapdogs so afraid of losing their jobs that they don't mind throwing American under the bus while protecting President Collusion.

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  • Kat
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    We need to take care of our farmers. The tariffs are killing more of our farmers. Russia should be held responsible for their attacks on Saudi

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  • Morris
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Fine on the farm bill but let's leave Saudi Arabia alone because they are fighting a war we don't have to. So let's not get stupid.

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  • Langho
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Do not support Saudi Arabia stop the farm bills and pay attention to what the public wants. I wish I could get paid for being disabled on top of my measly little disability check like a farmers crop doesn’t do good then y’all subsidizing what about the rest of the United States Americans

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  • Sophia
    12/10/2018
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    Please terminate United States contributions to the horrible war in Yemen. Let any resources our nation has provided be shifted to supplying humanitarian aid and peacemaking efforts.

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  • Larry
    12/10/2018
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    When are we gonna axe this holdover from FDR WW II emergency command economy business called "The Farm Bill" There is no place in a free country for this monstrous Soviet style management of a whole sector of our economy.

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