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This Week in Congress: Middle East Policy & Giving Vets Cost-Free Child Care During VA Appointments

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

by Countable | Updated on 2.8.19

It will be a busy week in the Capitol with President Donald Trump delivering his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night and both chambers of Congress in session of a busy week of legislating.

The Senate starts its week Monday when it will vote on a bipartisan Middle East policy bill that’d increase sanctions on supporters of the Assad regime in Syria, strengthen defense partnerships with Israel and Jordan, and counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. It’ll also consider an amendment to the bill offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that’d warn the Trump administration against withdrawing the U.S. military presence from Syria and Afghanistan if it risks a resurgence of ISIS and al Qaeda.

Monday could also see the consideration of a bill offered by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) to protect infants born alive after attempted abortions if unanimous consent is granted, but if a senator objects it’d have to be brought up for debate at a later date. If an objection is raised, the Senate may take initial procedural votes on a bipartisan public lands package in advance of a passage vote later this week or next week.

The House convenes Wednesday when it’ll consider bills to require publicly accessible federal buidlings to have lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers and establish an early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest. Later in the week, it’ll take up a bill that’d give veterans access to cost-free child care when they’re attending healthcare appointments at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Voting on adoption of the Menendez amendment to S. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act Agreed by voice vote.
  • Voting on adoption of the McConnell amendment to S. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act Agreed to 70-26.
  • Cloture motion on S. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act Invoked 72-24.
  • Possible consideration of S. 130: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Unanimous consent request objected to.

Tuesday after 3:30pm

  • S. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act Passed 77-23.
  • Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the cloture motion on S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act Invoked 99-1.

Wednesday

  • Debating and possible vote on the motion to proceed to the cloture motion on S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act

Thursday

  • Motion to proceed to the cloture motion on S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act Agreed by voice vote.
  • Motion to table the Lankford amendment to S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act Tabled 67-32.
  • Motion to table the Lee amendment to S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act Tabled 68-30.

House

Tuesday

  • No votes will be held due to the State of the Union Address.

Wednesday after 12pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 866: Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 876: Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2019 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 831: Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 Passed 404-19.
  • H.R. 66: Route 66 Centennial Commission Act Passed 399-22.
  • H.R. 543: To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide appropriate congressional notice of comprehensive safety assessments conducted with respect to intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation Passed by voice vote.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.R. 840: Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act Debate & amendments only.
  • H.R. 752: Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 450: Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019 Passed 417-0.
  • H.R. 494: Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 507: Putting Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019 Passed 414-1.

Friday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 840: Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act Passed 400-9.

  • H.Res. 86: Providing funding for expenses of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis & the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Vote postponed.

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

— Eric Revell

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  • Steve
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    I think that the free child care is a great idea.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/03/2019
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    Will We See Speaker Pelosi Orchestrate A Week Of Bi-Partisan Voting? I’m in full support of and recommend the passage of the following legislation which will be voted on, during the week of 4 February, when the House will consider the following legislative bills; * to requiring publicly accessible federal buidlings to have lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers, * Establishment of an early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest. * And finally it’ll take up a bill that’d give veterans access to cost-free child care when they’re attending healthcare appointments at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). All three legislative bills deserve passage, with massive BI-PARTISAN support, from both Democratic and Republicans AND supported by Speaker Pelosi. SneakyPete......... 🤷🏼‍♂️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤷‍♀️. 2*3*19..........

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  • Spruce
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    02/03/2019
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    Dear Senator Mukowski, Senator Sullivan and Congressman Young, First, thank you for all you are doing. I know I couldn't do any better. It's easy to sit at home and "know what to do." It's another thing to be where the action is. I support increased border protection. I feel the best way to have it is to get more border patrol stations along the border. The biggest catch of all was at a place where there were border patrol agents. Also, think of all the jobs that would be created. A wall will need millions in upkeep. Why not put all that effort into people? Respectfully submitted, Spruce Lynch Veteran of the Navy and the Army

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  • Frances
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    02/04/2019
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    MOST OF THESE BILLS WERE BROUGHT BY REPUBLICANS AND WOULD MAKE BE MUCH EASIER FOR A DICTATOR TO USE TO SUPPRESS ANYONE OR GROUP HE CHOOSES! I DO NOT TRUST THE TREASONOUS Republican Party! IT IS A PARTY TO WHICH I USED TO BELONG, BUT CORRUPTION AND TREASON HAVE DESTROYED ANY VALUE IT USED TO HAVE!

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  • Isaac
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    The cost free childcare for Veterans, I believe, is a step in the right direction. We ask these people to literally risk their lives for the defense of our country. The least we can do is offer them services at no direct cost to them once they return home. This is NOT a handout. I think of it as partially repaying interest on a loan that can never truly be repaid.

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  • W0Iv3rln3
    Voted Sad
    02/03/2019
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    I'll constructed bill that gives the US no advantage. It asks us to meddle into other countries business and costs us trillions of dollars on top of the trillions of dollars we already spent. Let's mind our own business and take care of our people here in the US that desperately need help and support. Let's give them Universal Healthcare, payed maternity leave, paid annual and sick leave, free public college, a 21st century public transportation system, etc.

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  • NoHedges
    Voted Apathetic
    02/07/2019
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    Yes on the social good for vets, with the caveat that it be expands to provide equity for other at risk populations. It is becoming quite clear democrats only view children as a popularity boost, Dems for all their “outrage” have done nothing to protect the estimated 132 American children who have died in 2019 due to abuse and/or neglect. The special interest policies need to stop. A single-mother with two children earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour needs to work 135 hours per week, nearly the equivalent of working 24 hours per day for 6 days, to earn a living wage, This is unacceptable, the federal minimum wage is a killing our economic recovery and increasing the inequities. We can’t fund social security, or schools, because the % collected from 43% of this nation is so low that there is literally nothing left over. Poverty must be stopped. Make corporations pay a livable wage instead just blowing it on stock buybacks and insider trading.

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  • Patriot1775
    02/05/2019
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    i don't see anything about funding the government for the rest of the year; term limits; stopping full term abortions; protecting our borders, and the list could go on. I see a government in the lame duck do nothing mode. I see the demon clowns stacking the house of representatives with illegal aliens demanding welfare, medicare and social security. I see people elected to the house who shouldn't have been given a high school graduate certificate. I see a long road to MAGA.

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  • Shannon
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    I work at a VA in Georgia, specifically I work with our female veterans. I know that childcare is a major obstacle for veterans’ ability to attend appointments. If the VA is truly committed to serving those who have “borne the battle” then veterans must have access to free childcare.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Happy
    02/04/2019
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    Child care for Vets great idea. Just to bad it was slow in coming.

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  • Wyatt
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    I’m glad to hear Congress will be addressing born alive abortion survivors and discussing how we can protect the sanctity of life in all forms. I’m also happy to hear that Congress may add an amendment to the Middle East Security bill warning President Trump of the possible resurgence of Islamic terrorists in Syria. I do believe President Trump is making the right call to withdraw from Syria as this is not our fight, and we should not be placing boots on the ground in an effort to assist with a civil war. I hope to see a bill passed which is supported across the aisle on our budget as well. This should including funding for the wall and additional funding where the CBP has asked for.

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  • John
    Voted Sad
    02/04/2019
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    I'm a Vet. Why do I need the Govt. to pay for my childcare?

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  • Marcie
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    No brainer, my Brother is a Vet.

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  • Ray
    Voted Sad
    02/04/2019
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    These bills are mostly helping one side of the political spectrum to position itself for the 2020 election cycle. These sort of bills give the politicians ammo to divide us further, stay in power longer and pocket more money. Let’s get rid of these snake oil salesmen. They need to be recycled with people with fresh energy that can help our country to untie.

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  • Richard
    Voted Happy
    02/04/2019
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    Our veterans need humane assistance. They need access to healthcare and they need to obtain it with the least inconvenience to them. Child care is expensive. Veterans should be helped with this cost.

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  • Ellen
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    Free child care is a great idea and long overdue. After all, are talking about the brave men and women who fought for our country. Not old bone spurs

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  • K
    Voted Apathetic
    02/04/2019
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    Congress is still not addressing the elephant in the room Do your job and address the real issues not the distraction from Trump and the gop.

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  • Jack
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    Yes we owe them so much, we must give them all to help they need!

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  • Paula
    Voted Happy
    02/04/2019
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    Yes,absolutely

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  • Sandra kaye
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    Our veterans fought for our country and we should take care of them now! They put their lives on the line for their country!

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  • Peter
    Voted Happy
    02/03/2019
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    hi congress hello

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