by Countable | Updated on 1.11.19
Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday with Middle East policy on the agenda and lingering uncertainty in the air about when President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats will reach a deal to end the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Tuesday evening the Senate will hold a procedural vote on a bill addressing several aspects of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. It’d increase sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria, strengthen America’s security alliances with Israel and Jordan, and aim to counteract the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Votes to limit debate on the bill and its final passage would likely occur later in the week.
The House on Tuesday will take up bills extending homeland security programs that aim to prevent pandemics and breaches of hazardous chemical facilities by terrorists. On Wednesday, reps will vote on the final portion of the House rules package that allows the chamber to intervene in Obamacare-related lawsuits and several bipartisan small business bills. Later in the week, there will be votes on bipartisan bills to sanction the Assad regime, increase workplace protections for federal workers & interns, strengthen anti-terrorism efforts in Africa, and require all American flags bought by the federal government to be made in the U.S.
Before the work week concludes, the House is expected to take up four of the appropriations bills that it passed last week as a six-bill, $271 billion “minibus” funding package as standalone bills, including: Finacial Services & General Gov’t; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Agriculture; and Interior & Environment.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Tuesday after 5:30pm
Thursday after 1:45pm
Tuesday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)
Wednesday after 12pm
Thursday after 12pm
Friday between 9am and 3pm
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— Eric Revell
Written by Countable
The Senate Majority Leader & Senate GOP need to demonstrate some backbone & end the shutdown WITHOUT Trump’s stupid & unnecessary wall.
There is only ONE thing on the agenda this week - passing the BIPARTISAN bill to reopen the government. The Senate passed it once, so they have the votes to do so again. Until federal workers are back on the job and getting paid. Nothing else is important.
How about you get on McConnell to get a vote and get the damn government opened up, because we don’t need a wall
I want a cost estimate on every single piece of legislation, program, or resolution proposed by Mr. Thompson. Last time this team was at the helm Mr. Thompson’s cut was roughly 17 million in earmarks. Quite a sizable “bonus” when the average salary in his district was 36,000 per year.
There is no excuse for keeping the government closed. Hundreds of thousands of families are suffering due to the temper tantrum thrown by a president who refuses to listen to experts about what is necessary for border security. The Senate must vote to reopen the government. If the president vetoes that bill,Congress must override. The majority of this country cannot be held hostage by the most xenophobic, fearful andi uninformed 1/3 of the nation’s voters.
Get that border wall built! Anything that the Dem controlled house sends to the senate can and will easily die there! These new folks that are left wing socialists will be gone in four years anyway as working class Americans will not tolerate their childish behavior and irresponsible demands! I picture Ocasio Cortez working in a massage parlor in five years!
Get the government open, do NOT fund the wall, and vote NO on the BDS bill. That will fund our national parks, prevent an ecologically disastrous wall, and protect our first amendment rights.
If Trump doesn’t agree to end the shutdown, without a stupid wall, proceed full steam ahead with impeachment. He is bad for America, and I suspect strongly that he is a traitor.
I'm tired of the government shut down and it needs to end because some of the Wildlife national parks are getting trashed because the trash cans have not been emptied yet and we need to keep those clean because I am helping support Wildlife to keep it safe from getting littered and I want to help reopen the government so all the workers of the national parks can keep it clean.
It's time to end the Trump shutdown and reopen government. The political stunt at the border needs to end. Let's have hearings with border security experts who can provide input on what is actually needed to secure the border and not rely on the administrations "talking points" which are not based on verifiable facts. From there, border security can be improved in a responsible and humane manner.
Republicans had control of both House and Senate, AND the Presidency!! This happened under their watch. Two previous bills were proposed and expenditures made for border security, McConnell didn’t bring them to vote. Since 2016 National debt has risen $2T under Republicans. Tax plan lowered taxes for the wealthy and corporations, farmers and industries penalized by tariff wars. Govt employees and contractors aren’t getting paid, and some won’t receive back pay, because the US has a “President” who is easily egged on by media. Pass a bill to open the government.
America ruins everything. Just... fix it. Allotting funds to solve our issues before international needs is important. We don’t need to be involved in everything. Superpower be damned. There are too many issues stateside to be sending money elsewhere. Diplomacy is important also but not above home concerns.
Press on with Legislation that opens the Government
Sounds like the democrats in the house are trying to get things done. Now if we could get the Republican Senators to get off their asses and do their jobs, maybe we could get the government up and running again. we expect you to do your job or resign and let someone with a backbone replace you! Shame on you for hiding behind trump. Pass something and send it to him to sign. DO YOUR JOBS Senators!
I think it is the outside of enough that I have to work 60 hours a week. Clean and care for my family and read every bill line by line to keep the Republicans from turning the US from an oligarchy to a totalitarian state. Why can you not just govern using decency and common sense instead of greed and chicanery.
Tell the Republicans in the senate to get off their arrogant entitled butts and do their job. We have a method to deal with this. It’s called a VETO OVERRIDE. There is not going to be a wall. DO YOUR JOBS.
In the midst of a partial government shutdown, You all and your Republican colleagues have decided that one of your first orders of business next week should be to sneak through a bill that would weaken Americans’ First Amendment protections. The bill, Combatting BDS Act, encourages states to adopt the very same anti-boycott laws that two federal courts blocked on First Amendment grounds. The legislation, like the unconstitutional state anti-boycott laws it condones, sends a message to Americans that they will be penalized if they dare to disagree with their government. We therefore urge senators to vote no on the Combatting BDS Act next week!
No stupid wall. Restart government! Do your stupid jobs!
All I want to see is the Government reopened! Absolutely no excuse for it to be shutdown. The House and Senate can pass the proper bills and override this White House! Get it done no excuses override him!
No wall, no wall no wall. 80% of the people in the country illegally, have simply overstayed their visas. 90% of these people flew in, making the wall an expensive blunder.