by Countable | 2.10.19
Congress convenes this week looking to avoid another partial government shutdown by approving funding for border security before Friday night’s deadline ― but that’s not all that will be happening in the Capitol.
The Senate starts its week Monday with the consideration of a bipartisan natural resource and public lands management package, including debates on amendments and a procedural vote to limit further debate in advance of a passage vote later in the week. Once the public lands package is in the rear view mirror, the Senate is expected to take up the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.
The House will convene Monday to consider several bills under the fast-track suspension of the rules process, which allows for accelerated debate but requires a two-thirds vote for passage. Among the bills on Monday’s docket are legislation to require presidential library foundations to disclose their donations and use social media history in security clearance investigations. The House will be out on Tuesday so members can attend the funeral of the late Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) ― the longest serving member in the history of the U.S. House. When the House returns on Wednesday it’ll consider a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces assisting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Both chambers of Congress will be waiting for the bipartisan, bicameral conference committee to release the compromise funding package it has been negotiating since the 35-day partial government shutdown was brought to an end. It’s unclear when that agreement will be released, and although both chambers will look to quickly bring it up for a vote the House’s rule requiring a bill’s text be posted for 72 hours before it gets a vote could cause a delay.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 5:30pm
Tuesday after 4:30pm
Monday 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