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Averting a Shutdown & Renewing Surveillance Powers - This Week in Congress

by Countable | 1.20.18

Congress returns Tuesday from the long weekend observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to a loaded schedule as it faces a deadline of midnight Friday to fund the government and renew intelligence agencies’ surveillance powers.

The House will vote Tuesday on bills to lift miscellaneous tariffs affecting American businesses, develop a strategy to help families in Section 8 and Section 9 subsidized housing become self-sufficient, and mint $1 coins to promote innovation. The rest of the week will feature votes on legislation to fund the government, punish healthcare providers who don’t provide care to infants born alive following an attempted abortion, replenish the World Bank while requiring reforms, and lift mortgage reporting requirements for small banks.

The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to limit debate to 30 hours on a reauthorization of the government’s surveillance powers under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). If successful, it would set up a passage vote later in the week at the conclusion of debate.

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

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday

  • No votes are expected.

Tuesday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 4258: Family Self-Sufficiency Act, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act, as amended Passed 402-0.

  • H.R. 770: American Innovation $1 Coin Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4279: Expanding Investment Opportunities Act, as amended Vote postponed.

  • S. 117: Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017 Passed 400-3.

  • H.R. 1107: Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 1532: Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Affirmation Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2897: To authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 3326: World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 Passed 237-184.

  • H.R. 4279: Expanding Investment Opportunities Act, as amended Passed 418-2.

  • H.R. 4258: Family Self-Sufficiency Act, as amended Passed 412-5.

  • H.R. 3445: AGOA and MCA Modernization Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3776: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.R. 195: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Passed 230-197.

  • H.R. 2954: Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act Passed 243-184.

  • H.R. 1660: Global Health Innovation Act of 2017 Passed 423-3.

Friday after 9am

  • H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Passed 241-183.

Saturday

  • The House is in session, no votes are currently scheduled.

Sunday

  • The House is in session, no votes are currently scheduled.

Senate

Monday

  • No votes are scheduled.

Tuesday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act Invoked 60-38.

Wednesday

  • Debate on S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

Thursday

  • S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act Passed 65-34.
  • H.R. 195: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Motion to proceed adopted 97-2.

Friday

  • Cloture vote on H.R. 195: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Failed 50-49.

Saturday

  • The Senate is in session, no votes are currently scheduled.

Sunday

  • The Senate is in session, no votes are currently scheduled.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Sky
    01/15/2018
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    Stand up for America and make a statement that the racist rhetoric of Trump does not represent our country. Pass a clean DACA bill and stop this nonsense about stopping the diversity lottery and family based immigration. Diversity makes our country strong.

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  • Gerald
    01/15/2018
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    You can see the Republican plan they launched following their huddle at year end to discuss the midterm 2018 election strategy. Everything from here forward will be designed to defeat the Democratic threat to alter their take over of government. If the drumbeat that Democrats are responsible for the government shut down works, we will see the government shut down. They introduced a bill that forces a vote that a late term abortion is murder, making everyone who votes against it (Democrats) set up for being in favor of murder in negative adds already being developed. Since the republicans control both houses they and they alone determine what legislation will be introduced and we can rest assured it all is linked to 2018 elections. They are good at this, they are dirty fighters, they have no moral code except they must remain in power, and I fear the Democrats don’t know how to street fight these thugs. Should be an interesting year.

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  • John
    01/15/2018
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    Remember that most poor Americans still haven’t recovered from the 2008 recession. Help Section 8 & 9 recipients, fight to maintain DACA, anD find enough Republicans to agree to impeach the president.

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  • JayinNC
    01/15/2018
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    How can people have such important jobs be so stupid. IMPEACH trump NOW , you don’t care about Americans just the Republican Party. happy Dr Martin Luther King Day

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  • Pam
    01/15/2018
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    Want to punish healthcare providers who do not attempt to save the life of an abortive fetus? Then there should be an add on to the bill to force the government pay the hospital and all medical expenses. If the government wants to get up in a woman’s business, then they must pay the cost, especially now that the GOP wants to do away with the ACA.

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  • SirRobert
    01/15/2018
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    If you are talking about anything other than repealing the offense TAX SCAM THEN SAVE YOUR BREATH! Any reduced taxes will be short lived with crippling increases after mid term elections (WHAT A COINCIDENCE)! I watched the Senate hearing and witnessed Pence repeatedly hammered on the desk like Khruschev commanding the Sergeant of Arms to bring order in the gallery as one by one people were dragged from the chamber echoing “kill the bill, don’t kill us!” as smiling Republicans voted to pay off their campaign contributors. I listened to testimony citing that 35% of the corporate interests are held by foreign interests and that they will receive payoffs in 2019 of $5 BILLION AND BY 2027 that figure going abroad will be $40 BILLION annually, all to be paid from middle class taxes. All to be paid by our children and grandchildren! The passing of the Tax bill is troublesome and a clear example of the underlying problem with our government. Republicans are popping champagne corks now but come Election Day, they will be replaced. When the Democrats have control of the House and Senate they will pass bills that favor their party and so we are on this continual back and forth very divisive path of destruction. There should be an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate with none of the Vice President tie breaking. Every bill should require a minimum of 60% majority of combined Republicans and Democrats to pass. Perhaps then we can unite America and stop the destruction!! IN THE MEANTIME, VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!!

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  • Daryl
    01/15/2018
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    This must happen Dems stop holding the Military hostage so you can buy votes with DACA. Group hug and talk this thing out. Stop having meetings with the President then running out of the meeting like a high school student telling on him. This appears to be the lefts agenda..You people need to start doing your jobs and get something worked out.

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  • Jim
    01/15/2018
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    Since the republicans have controlled congress there has not been a budget just continuing resolutions. So now their going to blame it on the democrats what a joke. My representatives, republican, have spent all their time since the first of the year telling us what a great job they have been doing, another joke. My congressman won’t even hold a face to face town hall. These people are a total embarrassment.

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  • Robert
    01/15/2018
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    Go ahead and shut the USA down for the lack of cooperation from the Democrats (DemoRats) for their silly Dreamer crap. I have a Dream to Like MLK that we would remove the Idiots like Schumer, Pelosi, including “Never Smiles” John Lewis, Lying Dick Durbin, and Maxine Waters from Congress!! All of these Fools Are So Crooked That when they Die they are So Crooked that they will have to Be Screwed In the Ground to Bury them!!

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  • Akira
    01/15/2018
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    Where is CHIP and health center funding?? Time to get over the backlog and focus on an issue that will affect so many people.

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  • Countryfirst
    01/15/2018
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    Pass a Clean DACA bill and for God's sake get rid of the vile racist PIG the republicans call president!

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  • David
    01/15/2018
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    We need campaign finance reform and the gerrymandered districts corrected. Please do this or get out. Thanks

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  • Betty
    01/15/2018
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    Take Action on DACA. Do the right thing. No wall! Security technology yes wall no!

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  • anitachiquita
    01/15/2018
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    Democrats don't have a plan except amnesty for DACA in hopes of increasing their voter base. They are still butt hurt they lost the election. They don't care about the voters only their votes. I think you will see more democrats lose seats in Congress 2018.

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  • Nan
    01/15/2018
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    Enough with stomping on our rights- vote no on the renewal of surveillance. As US citizens we are promised the right to privacy. I want that right back.

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  • SneakyPete
    01/15/2018
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    Sadly, we will continue in seeing the “Opposition Party” Democrats continuing their constant delay delay delay tactics to hinder the President Trump and Republican Agenda In benefiting the American people across the land and ALL people regardless of race, color or creed. The Democrats will pay for it, in the long run, particularly in the 2018 mid-term election cycle.

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  • Victoria
    01/15/2018
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    If they shut down, maybe they will stop trashing our freedom's, our rights, our land, water and air. Perhaps, other nations might respect that this administration was stopped.

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  • Mart
    01/15/2018
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    READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Deirdre
    01/15/2018
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    Please shut down before you all destroy America

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  • Wallace
    01/16/2018
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    Let’s avert a government shutdown and keep the DACA program. Let’s be more welcome to immigration!!!

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