by Countable | Updated on 12.21.18
Congress faces a deadline of midnight Friday to pass legislation funding seven agencies ― including Homeland Security ― or else the third partial government shutdown of 2018 will occur. It’s not yet clear how Congress will try to stave off a shutdown, or whether President Donald Trump will get the $5 billion in funding for border security he says is needed for his signature.
The Senate starts its week on Monday with a procedural vote to limit debate on the bipartisan First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that aims to lighten sentences for certain non-violent crimes and to incentivize low-risk prisoners' participation in recidivism reduction programs. Votes on amendments are expected in advance of a passage vote.
The House’s work week is expected to begin on Wednesday, but what will be on the agenda is unclear: as of Sunday evening House leadership hasn’t announced the schedule.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
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Tuesday after 2:15pm
Friday after 12pm
Saturday after 12pm
Wednesday after 6:30pm
Thursday after 11am
Friday after 9am
Saturday after 12pm
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Written by Countable
If they are not impeaching Trump they have their priorities wrong.
We need criminal justice reform desperately. We have hundreds of thousands of nonviolent criminals in jail while the white collar criminals are walking around scott free. And we most definitely do not need a 5 billion dollar useless border wall. Trump needs that wall solely to fulfill a campaign promise that he swore Mexico would pay for. NO BORDER WALL. If he wants to spend 5 billion dollars let him spend on humanitarian aid to the people seeking asylum at the border.
IMPEACH TRUMP FOR BREAKING HIS "OATH OF OFFICE" LYING TO "WE THE PEOPLE" IS A FELONY! AND NEEDS TO BE ENFORCED STARTING IMMEDIATELY WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE GOP, EXCEPT JEFF FLAKE
I just can't seem to figure out why democrats approved 25billion back in Feb for the wall, now they can't give 5billion? Now its just a pissing contest.. I really can't stand liberal logic. Help ruin the entire country because they hate Trump. I support his policies but not everything that Comes out of his mouth. Its about my COUNTRY not a popularity contest! Get your sh*t together dems.
The Republicans can’t work with anyone to do anything other than build a useless wall, the Republicans can’t pass meetingfull healthcare, the Republicans can’t put a decent human being in the White House, Only an inept liar. I really think you should change your name from Republicans to republic-cant’s.
While the passing of major bills seems like it will focus on only a few this week seems like it will make sense as congress will look to pass funding and prevent a shutdown. I think the “First Step Act” will be a very good step in helping to reform the prison system and other than funding this seems like it will hold the most priority in congress through this week. For the funding this will be interesting. At this point an agreement should’ve already been made on funding covering different organizations and funding for the wall/border security. Should however, the government shut down over wall funding? While I see it necessary that funding be given to the wall I see it as to risky to have a shutdown over. In addition funding should’ve already been finalized weeks ago (I think most can agree on it) and just dragging it out is just going to add more tension in congress but now may be the time to find out... will the government shut down? Note: for the people who post arguments that are just “impeach trump” in all caps and/or list bs reasons about irrelevant laws and outdated events, that does not help solve anything and does not prove anything. Seriously it’s just spam at this point.
We don’t need a wall, and we sure as hell don’t need trump, send his lying corrupt ass to jail!
The government needs to work on justice reform for everyone! The border wall idea is stupid.
Tell that narcissist who stole our presidency with the help of Putin to get out of the White House. His billionaire tax break, coupled with his bloated military budget increased the national deficit by 50% in a single year. His incompetence is enough, even without his open misogyny, poor fiscal judgment, and complete lack of diplomatic grace. This border crisis could easily be solved by sending people capable of doing this “vetting” Trump and the GOP are so fixated on. Using military might to deal with a humanitarian concern is not only counter-productive, it is costing lives. Our forefathers fought for freedom, liberty, and justice. What’s more, we are violating international law—a law that came about as a result of the US denying entry to some 20,000 Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany. We have forgotten our values, and we have forgotten our history. We must uphold the values of the founding fathers—“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Let us not forget the bravery of our forefathers. Let us not allow our soldiers’ deaths throughout the years, sacrifices in the name of “freedom and justice for all,” be in vain. Let us remember what the word “patriot” truly means.
”TinkleBell” Pelosi’s “Denying-Delaying-Hindering & Obstructing” Agenda 😔 Sadly we are seeing that Congress faces a deadline of midnight Friday to pass legislation funding seven agencies ― including Homeland Security ― or else the third partial government shutdown of 2018 will occur. It’s not yet clear how Congress will try to stave off a shutdown, or whether President Donald Trump will get the $5 billion in funding for border security he says is needed for his signature. We’ve, as can be expected in seeing, a continuation of the Democratic, particularly the House led by “TinkleBell” Pelosi in “Denying-Delaying-Hindering & Obstructing” All things put forth by President Trump, Republican, or Conservative.” SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👿👎🏻👿👎🏻. 12*16*18.....
Get it done folks! The President wants 5 Billion for the border wall and we need to get it done! NOW PLEASE?
Shutting down the government is a no question. Absolutely not. Too many people will be affected just before Christmas. Trump doesn’t care about anything but himself. He needs to be stopped. NO GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
Trump doesn't need 5 billion for that useless wall. Since he's a "self-made" billionaire, he should pay for it himself. Mexico isn't going to pay for it and taxpayers shouldn't have to.
UNANIMOUSLY PASS THE “FIRST STEP BILL” POST HASTE Senate starts its week on Monday with a procedural vote to limit debate on the bipartisan First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that aims to lighten sentences for certain non-violent crimes and to incentivize low-risk prisoners' participation in recidivism reduction programs. Votes on amendments are expected in advance of a passage vote. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 12*16*18.....
There should be no votes on bills until our elected representatives take office in two weeks!
The Criminal Justice System Definitely needs to be reformed. Lightening the sentences for non-violent crimes, particularly those connected to marijuana use & carry There is also a need to Incentivize low-risk prisoners even those that committed low level violent crimes to participate in recidivism reduction programs. Releasing all prisoners involved with marijuana would definitely help the budget. Most of these prisoners should never been in jail to start with.
No wall. No shutdown. Take your time on the prison reform- make sure that trump/GOP has not put more money laundering in there - what is CBO cost ?
We need to stop the government shutdown. Government employees should not be pawns in Trump's sick game of king of the kill. Under no circumstances should there be any funds for border wall, and that includes the use of soldiers.
The common sense approach that President Trump believes in makes logical sense. I have difficulty understanding why Dems do not possess any common sense. If Dems support the open border concept, then they should be willing to let illegal aliens stay with them. At least, buy some tents or temporary housing and let them live on their property. If you aren't willing to take that sort of action, then try using a common sense approach to immigration and border security.
If you don't give us funding for the wall you can leave the government shut down for the next two years or until you approve it. BUILD THE WALL! !!!!!