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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 | 12.9.18

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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— Eric Revell

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