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House Starts 2018 With Surveillance Debate - This Week in Congress

by Countable | 1.10.18

Both chambers of Congress will be in session this week as the House will gavel in Monday for the first time in 2018.

On Monday the House will hold a vote to establish a quorum for the second session of the 115th Congress. Tuesday will feature votes on bills to track the movements of terrorist fighters, expand the capacity of explosives detection dogs, and a resolution supporting the Iranian people’s right to free expression which condemns the regimes crackdown on protests. Wednesday will feature a bill that implements the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Settlement to improve the tribe’s water infrastructure. Finally, the House is set to conclude its week on Thursday when it votes on a bill to reauthorize the federal government’s surveillance activities under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of William Campbell, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Its schedule for the remainder of the week 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 6:30pm

  • Establishing a quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 115th Congress.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 4564: Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017 Passed 413-0.

  • H.R. 4577: Domestic Explosives Canine Capacity Building Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.Res. 676: Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes Passed 415-2.

  • H.R. 1486: Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4578: Counter Terrorist Network Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4567: DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4561: SAFE TECH Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4559: Global Aviation System Security Reform Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3202: Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4569: Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4555: DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act Passed 415-1.

  • H.R. 4433: Securing DHS Firearms Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 535: Taiwan Travel Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3320: To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes Vote postponed.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • S. 140: To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Qualification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, Rules Committee Print Passed 239-173.

  • H.R. 4567: DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended Passed 415-0.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print Passed 256-164.

  • H.R. 4578: Counter Terrorist Network Act Passed 410-2.

Friday

  • No votes are expected.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of William Campbell, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee Invoked 89-1.

Tuesday after 2:15pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of William Campbell, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee Confirmed 97-0.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Thomas Parker to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee Invoked 96-1.

Wednesday after 2:30pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Thomas Parker to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee Confirmed 98-0.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Michael Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia Invoked 97-1.

Thursday after 12pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Michael Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of GeorgiaConfirmed 92-0.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Walter Counts to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas Invoked 90-1.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Walter Counts to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas Confirmed 96-0.
  • Motion to proceed to S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print Adopted 69-26.

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— Eric Revell

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