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This Week in Congress: Trying to End the Partial Shutdown & Starting the 116th Congress

How do you feel about this week's congressional agenda?

by Countable | Updated on 1.4.19

The 115th Congress gives way to the 116th Congress this week, but one thing that won’t be changing in the Capitol (at least not immediately) will be the ongoing partial government shutdown.

After pro forma sessions with no votes were held on Monday and Wednesday in both chambers, the 115th Congress adjourned for the final time. The 116th Congress convenes on Thursday.

In the House, lawmakers will elect the Speaker of the House, which will likely be Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), before taking up its rules package for the new Congress. It’ll then take up two bills aimed at ending the partial government shutdown ― one funding Homeland Security through February 8th and the other reopening the agencies impacted by the shutdown through September.

Given that President Donald Trump has announced opposition to any proposal to reopen the government without wall funding, they appear to be dead on arrival in the Senate.

The Senate’s schedule after it convenes at noon on Thursday 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.

House

Monday after 11am

  • Pro forma session, no votes held.

Wednesday after 12pm (115th Congress Final Day)

  • Pro forma session, no votes held.

Thursday after 12pm (116th Congress First Day)

  • Electing the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 219, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 192, Others 18, Present 3.
  • H.Res. 6: House Rules Package for the 116th Congress (Title I) Adopted 234-197.
  • H.R. 21: Funding Agencies Impacted by the Shutdown (Except Homeland Security) for FY2019 (old link) Passed 241-190.
  • H.J.Res. 1: Funding Homeland Security Thru February 8th (old link) Passed 239-192.

Friday between 9am and 12pm

  • H.Res. 6: House Rules Package for the 116th Congress (Title II) Adopted 418-12.

Senate

Monday after 11am

  • Pro forma session, no votes held.

Wednesday after 4pm (115th Congress Final Day)

  • No recorded votes were held, while dozens of low-level nominations were confirmed by voice vote.

Thursday after 12pm (116th Congress First Day)

  • To be announced.

Tell your reps how to vote on this week's bills and share your thoughts below!

— Eric Revell

Countable

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    Not much to say because they are just getting organized. But they need to vote ASAP to open the government NO FUNDING FOR THAT USELESS STUPID WALL. THEN VOTE TO OVERRIDE THE PROVERBIAL VETO IF TRUMP HAS VETOED IT. Then get started on reestablishing separated families, our environment, democracy, infrastructure, etc.

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  • Jeanne
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    Get people back to work with no wall in the budget.

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Sad
    01/03/2019
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    Failure to keep government agencies open and funded simply for money for a wall that will more than likely NOT keep people from getting in the US is stupid in my opinion. How many times have we found tunnels from Mexico into Texas to get drugs, people, etc into the US? That is what will happen even if there is a wall. Again, a bipartisan bill to keep the country running was already approved and not signed by don. Is the livelihood and wellbeing of hardworking federal employees less important than this wall? I don’t think so. Families are going without money for their families and day to day survival. If people start losing their houses cause they aren’t getting paid because of a wall, is the federal government going to pay for their houses so they and their families have a place to live? Are they going to give them assistance to get groceries and keep their utilities on? I believe that is way more important than funding for a wall 😔

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  • Milan
    01/03/2019
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    Finally some fresh faces!!

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  • James
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    I want you to put up a bill. Why do we care if the President vetos it? That would send a clear message as to who truely owns this shutdown.

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  • Mark
    Voted Sad
    01/03/2019
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    Crypt Keeper Pelosi is her usual dishonest self. But at least she is consistent in her disdain for the citizenry.

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  • Jan
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    End the ability to shut down the government. Tighten ethics. Put climate change and wealth inequality at the top of the agenda.

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  • Viggo
    01/03/2019
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    Why, after so much grandstanding, are our elected officials unable to provide reasonable, acceptable immigration reform? It is symptomatic of gross incompetence from all sides. With so much needed to be done in this country and this world, isn’t it about time for enough compromise so as to find solutions! We really need election reform so some real politicians can do the work of the people. Money has corrupted the system.

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  • Ann
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    Get the government opened now!

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  • citizenvote
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    In the words of your respected - "you were sent here to serve your citizens, not your ambitions” The world is watching.

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  • Lauren
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    No wall funding!!!

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  • John
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    I have some hope that this Congress can reign in some of the excesses of the past two years but we’ll see. Having investigations will help.

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  • One4All4One
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    Trump proudly declared a “government shutdown would be good for America.”. Now that he sees the reality of a shutdown he blames others. The House needs to pass a funding bill with no wall and see if the corrupt Republican Senate will approve it. If Trump vetoes the bill, override the veto. Important to remember that Trump wanted the shut down, he triggered the shut down, he and his corrupt supporters need to take full responsibility for the shutdown.

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  • Andrew
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    No wall, just fund the government

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  • David
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    Federal worker here. Sure would like to go back to work. :-(

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  • Isaac
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    If Democrats would stop obstructing over Wall funding which amounts to 0.13% of the total Federal budget that would be really nice.

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  • Pamela
    01/03/2019
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    I’m really tired of this president treating our country like a giant game show and he’s the host. It’s ridiculous that Congress has not checked his out-of-control behavior. (That, by the way, will not be forgotten in future elections!) He creates crises with absolutely NO understanding or care of cause and effect. This shutdown is a prime example. Piling on - water in Flint, MI, caging kids and treating them like POWs, Puerto Rico (someone really needs to give him a geography lesson), trade wars that only hurt us, raping our environment for the good of corporations and stockholders, ignoring climate changes and rolling back mandates put in place to correct the damage done. And then there are the blatant lies that his party seems to be OK with. The only thing that seems to make sense is he’s the distraction while the Republican Party (that has been in charge of both houses up until this last election) is too busy raiding the henhouse. And while you’re at it, there needs to be a law curtailing monetary contributions for votes. The Constitution states, “We, the PEOPLE,” NOT we, the corporations. Now, back to the shutdown... The only freeze that should be going on is your salaries. Fix this mess!!!

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  • G
    Voted Happy
    01/03/2019
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    Get to it Democrats! You have my support as long as you immediately get to it. Do multiple things at once and... No wall No wall No wall

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  • BoldlyGo
    Voted Apathetic
    01/03/2019
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    If the tRump Pence Putin Administration don't end this Reckless political stunt shutdown, then congress Must Fast-track impeachment and removal of the tRump Pence Putin Administration🚨⚖🗽

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  • James
    Voted Sad
    01/03/2019
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    Fix the WALL

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