by Countable | 12.14.17
After agreeing to a two-week extension of government funding late last week, Congress returns to the negotiating table with nine more legislative days to reach a long-term spending deal and finalize the GOP tax reform bill.
The House starts its week Monday with votes on bills to protect bank customers who might have had their accounts wrongfully targeted by the DOJ’s "Operation Choke Point" and protect religiously affiliated community centers. Tuesday will bring votes on bills to condemn the persecution of Christians around the world, reaffirm America’s relationships with Canada and Mexico, and ease regulations on mortgage lenders in some circumstances. Wednesday will bring votes on bills to require reports about Iran using purchases of airliners to launder money for terrorism and assets held by the Iranian regime’s leaders. Thursday will feature a vote on a bill to exempt banks from annual privacy disclosures if their policies haven’t changed.
The Senate will convene Monday when it considers the nomination of Steven Grasz to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit. Later in the week it will consider two nominations of judges to the Fifth Circuit — Don Willett and James Ho.
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. 2706: Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017, as amended Passed 395-2.
H.R. 1730: Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017, as amended Passed 402-2.
H.R. 3669: Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3359: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3093: Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act Passed by voice vote.
Tuesday after 12pm
H.R. 3971: Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 Passed 294-129.
H.Res. 407: Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.Res. 336: Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico Partnership Passed by voice vote.
H.Res. 357: Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and Canada, recognizing bilateral cooperation that advances United States national interests, and urging increased bilateral cooperation on security, economic issues, and energy, and for other purposes, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2880: Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2872: Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 1733: To direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 4171: To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs, and for other purposes, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2815: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Sergeant John Basilone Post Office" Vote postponed.
H.R. 1208: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9155 Schaefer Road, Converse, Texas, as the "Converse Veterans Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3638: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida, as the "Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3655: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 Main Street in Belmar, New Jersey, as the "Dr. Walter S. McAfee Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 4042: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the "Borinqueneers Post Office Building" Vote postponed.
H.R. 4285: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, as the "James C. 'Billy' Johnson Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
Wednesday after 12pm
H.R. 1638: Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act Passed 289-135.
H.R. 4324: Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act Debate only - vote tomorrow.
Thursday between 9am and 3pm
H.R. 2396: Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act Passed 275-146.
H.R. 4324: Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act Passed 252-167.
Monday after 4pm
Tuesday after 10am
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Steven Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit Confirmed 50-48
Cloture vote on the nomination of Don Willett to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit Invoked 50-48.
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Don Willett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Confirmed 50-47.
Cloture vote the nomination of James Ho to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Invoked 53-44.
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TAX BILL: If you think the American people are going to be distracted by talking about anything but shutting down the horrific tax Legislation that will add $1 TRILLION to the national debt, and adversely impact everyone in America except the wealthy, you are sadly mistaken!!! We really need special elections all around to run the SOBs that support the tax bill out of Washington! Save your breath on everything else!!!
I have been a tax professional for almost 4 decades, and there has never been anything nearly as irresponsible as this tax acts. It is chock-full of countless abuses and distortions of our economy . The creation of this bill was a massive free-for-all to special interests who have bought the senators and congressmen who voted for it. This is a “baffle them with bullshit“ approach to tax legislation. There are so many abuses in the bill, that no one knows where to begin. For instance, it establishes monopolies for fossil fuel by delivering crippling blows to the wind and solar energy businesses. Especially wind energy where they not only knocked out incentive tax credits but also took extra measures to destroy the business model that employs 90,000+ workers across the country. This, of course, is a little known fact because they have piled it on with so much garbage including taking peoples health care away, taking women’s health rights away, hurting nonprofits, and setting up for huge cuts to what we have paid for all of our working lives, Medicare and Social Security. These are not entitlement programs, these are programs we have funded and they are taking away to hand over to the wealthiest people in this country. And they’re taking away jobs in a solid growth industry like renewable energy to hand a few jobs and a lot more money over to the dying fossil fuel industry which happens to be ruining our environment. It’s disgusting. And those who are in favor of it are either ignorant, or someone who values how they line their pockets over our democracy. My message to the senators and congressmen that represent me, if you vote for this I will do my best to vote you out. If you did not vote for those, I am not hearing your voice enough against it to help the people of this district, state, and country who you represent.
This sham tax bill must be stopped. Then do some real tax reform that benefits working folks and ensures all pay a fair share. No tax breaks for wealthy and corporations. Fund government keeping all social programsintact. No more money for military and no money for border wall.
Voting for this tax bill will be a death knoll for the Republicans. It represents the worst kind of deception, hurts middle class and working class families, and violates Trump 's campaign promises. It puts our country deeper into debt as well. Wait. Wasn't it Republicans who stood their ground on this issue when Dems were in power. Please go ahead and respectful the consequences in the next election.
It is perhaps the saddest time in our young countries history next to slavery. This administration is downright disgusting and has done nothing to help anyone that is not wealthy.The backing of an accused pedophile, not calling out #45 for the sexual misconduct charges made against him, widening the financial divide this tax bill if passed will destroy so many of us while handing the rich even bigger tax breaks, killing all environmental protections, putting us in a very precarious position globally, the list goes on. I can’t wait to help get each and every one of you that helps 45 destroy America out of office. Party above people and their rights is despicable. Vote no on this tax bill, fight for net neutrality, save our national parks, do your jobs, listen to the American people not the 33% that this administration claims to represent.
Ensure CHIP is well-financed, vote against concealed carry reciprocity because Republicans believe in States rights, expel Alabama’s Ray Moore in the Senate if he wins on Tuesday night, stop the tax scam because no more than 30% of Americans like it and it steals from the middle class, ensure dreamers AND Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller are protected from deportation and from being fired by the President, maintain net neutrality and prevent the Sinclair-Tribune Merger from going through, and don’t allow oil and gas drilling in our National Parks!
I am so tired of this party over country BS. Many Republicans only voted for Trump in 2016 only because he was the R on the ballot, and now, one year later they’re supporting an alleged pedophile only because he’s not a Democrat. Where do you draw the line? What has to happen for you to realize you are supporting horrible people and it’s not okay? Republicans and Democrats both love this country, they just see a different way of governing. However, some of these asshats aren’t even Republicans because they do not support smaller government, local control, and fiscal conservatism when they limit personal freedom, bully local governments, and blow up the national debt just to please their wealthy donors. So, pay attention and stop voting against your best interests. #CountryBeforeParty
No to the tax bill you people up there need to learn how to keep spending within check I’m 100% disabled and I don’t even have enough money to make two weeks soon but you want to give the rich more text cuts in the middle class and poor when we post to do we can’t make it now. Quit taking care of the rich shut trumps ass down.