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This Week in Congress: Gun Background Checks, Protecting Infants Born After Failed Abortions, and Ending Trump’s Nat’l Emergency

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

by Countable | Updated on 2.28.19

Congress returns from its Presidents Day recess this week with the threat of a partial government shutdown over border security behind it, but a new fight over the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump is brewing.

The House starts its week Monday with votes on seven relatively uncontroversial bills under the fast-track suspension of the rules process, including bills to enhance penalties for pirating radio broadcasts and to strengthen a task force that prevents healthcare fraud. Tuesday will feature votes on a resolution to terminate Trump’s border security emergency declaration and a bipartisan public lands & natural resources package. The rest of the week will be focused on bills to strengthen firearm background checks by requiring gun dealers to wait for a completed background check and lengthening the review period.

The Senate convenes on Monday when it’ll take a procedural vote on a bill that’d punish healthcare providers who don’t try to save infants born alive after attempted abortions. If it succeeds, debate and an eventual passage vote could follow. Whenever that debate concludes, the Senate will take a procedural vote on the nomination of Eric D. Miller to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Later in the week the Senate could move on to other nominations, including that of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator.

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 (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 583: PIRATE Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 525: Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 276: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act Passed 387-19.
  • H.R. 425: Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 539: Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 Passed 385-18.
  • H.R. 501: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1235: MSPB Temporary Term Extension Act Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.J.Res. 46: Relating to a national emergency declared by the president on February 15, 2019 Passed 245-182.
  • S. 47: Natural Resources Management Act Passed 363-62.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 Passed 240-190.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 1112: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 Passed 228-198.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 311: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Not invoked 53-44 (60 votes required).
  • Cloture motion on the nomination of Eric D. Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Invoked 51-46 (majority required).

Tuesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Eric D. Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Confirmed 53-46.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Michael Desmond to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Treasury Dept. Invoked 84-15.

Wednesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Michael Desmond to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Treasury Dept. Confirmed 83-15.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Invoked 52-46

Thursday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Confirmed 52-47.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of John Ryder to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021 Confirmed by voice vote.

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

— Eric Revell

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  • Steven
    Voted Happy
    02/24/2019
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    How many times do I have to say this? Background checks should be required for all gun sales.

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  • RAN
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    The house is a joke. All this hubbub on background checks, I live in communist Illinois where there is extensive checks, cards, fees, and yet we just had a shooting in Aurora Illinois. A felon from another state gets a FOID card and a pistol. Through all the states extensive checks he still got these, because someone didn’t do their job. If they couldn’t find the felony from another state, Illinois should have easily been able to see this guys prior domestic charges in Aurora IL which, disqualifies a person from a FOID card. This person even got a concealed carry license. The state only figured it out after fingerprints, and by then the guy had already been given the license. To get it back from him they write him a letter, to tell him to turn himself in wow! What a joke! Point is the background checks are going to do no more than they already do. All this control and yet you can’t stop anything, yet our government pushes for more control. No matter what laws you pass, if bad people want to do bad things they will.

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  • James
    02/24/2019
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    Background check my fanny! That will not stop gang bangers from obtaining them! Seriously! You lefties are all mentally ill! As for abortions that go wrong and the baby lives? That baby has been born and as a living American now has their constitutional rights! No to abortion! As I am a devout Christian and a Veteran I can’t wait for Ginsburg to pass so we can have a truely responsible Supreme Court for the next two generations!

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  • David
    Voted Apathetic
    02/24/2019
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    All for background checks and ending the BS Mexican Trump vanity wall. Leave the decision of abortion to the States!

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  • Anthony
    Voted Happy
    02/24/2019
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    Our President has the absolute authority to declare a national emergency at the border. He is inline with what the majority of us citizens want. We back him 100%

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  • Cmhaggar
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    I wish Congress would stop with the partisan politics, hear all American voices, make good decisions based on compromise, not on being vindictive.

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  • Sylvia
    02/24/2019
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    “Gangbangers?” Is this 1993? Guys, the real criminals are everyday white men and white nationalists. The mass shootings we’ve seen largely occur through mentally ill individuals with easy access to firearms. Most of these firearms are acquired through legal means and not the black market. To argue that gangs and terrorist groups will still find ways is missing the entire point. They’re a totally separate problem from this. We need to make it as difficult as possible to access guns so that all these “good guys with guns” you love to glorify are actually “good guys with guns.” Right now all we’re doing is arming more bad guys with guns.

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  • Mark
    Voted Apathetic
    02/24/2019
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    Wasting time and tax payers money.why wasn’t there such a outrage when OBAMA declared national emergencies and went around congress? ALL POLITICS !! From walls to abortion to anti gun legislation.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Happy
    02/25/2019
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    THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS = PELOSI’S FOLLEY BEGINS IN EARNEST IT WOULD SEEM Speaker Pelosi’s freshmen and women are surely to be trying their dandiest to establish their place in the hierarchy with a wide variety of socialist, liberal progressive and out in their left field agendas. It’s going to be very interesting in watching the Democratic controlled House starting with their votes on seven relatively uncontroversial bills under the fast-track suspension of the rules process, including bills to enhance penalties for pirating radio broadcasts and to strengthen a task force that prevents healthcare fraud. Tuesday will feature key votes on a resolution to terminate Trump’s border security emergency declaration and a bipartisan public lands & natural resources package. The rest of the week will be focused on bills to strengthen firearm background checks by requiring gun dealers to wait for a completed background check and lengthening the review period. HOUSE VOTES: * H.R. 583: PIRATE Act 👎🏻 * H.R. 525: Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019👍🏻👍🏻 * H.R. 276: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act🤷🏼‍♂️🤷‍♀️ * H.R. 425: Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * H.R. 539: Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️🤔 * H.R. 501: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019👍🏻 * H.R. 1235: MSPB Temporary Term Extension Act 🤔🤷‍♀️ SENATE VOTES: * Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 311: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * If cloture isn't invoked on S. 311, cloture motion on the nomination of Eric D. Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Rest of the Week👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * Possible consideration of S. 311: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * Possible consideration of the nomination of Eric D. Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * Possible cloture vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * Possible cloture vote on the nomination of Michael Desmond to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Treasury Dept.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 * Possible cloture vote on the nomination of John Ryder to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 It goes without saying I’m for the confirmation of all of President Trumps Political nominations.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 SneakyPete.......... 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔. 2*24*19..........

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  • Chris
    Voted Happy
    02/24/2019
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    The White House’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border is a blatant attempt to do and end run about the legislative branch and the Constitution. This needs to be nipped in the bud.

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  • Michael
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    No additional gun control measures will stop gun violence. You have to attack the criminals that use guns by strengthening the sentences for gun violence.

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  • doingmypart
    Voted Apathetic
    02/25/2019
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    I totally agree with two of these issues, extending background checks and ending the so called national emergency. The attempted abortion issue should be left to those who actually have direct relations with the fetus and absolutely nobody else.

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  • Theresa
    Voted Apathetic
    02/25/2019
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    I cannot stand another 18 mos of this Admin

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  • Patrick
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    There IS a national emergency at our borders that needs to be fixed. One of the biggest reasons we voted for Trump was the border wall. Quit playing games and give

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  • Patrick
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    Quit playing games and give us the damn wall. Then, enforce the gun laws we already have in place. We do not need any new or changed gun laws. Criminals get guns illegally and new or changed laws will not help anything. Charging doctors for not putting what you deem appropriate measures to save babies who survive an attempted abortion is ridiculous. You’ll charge them but not the mother who decided at the last minute that she didn’t want her baby? That is insane! And did you have the whole week off for president’s day? Sure seems like it.

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  • Pia
    Voted Sad
    02/24/2019
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    Our president Donald Trump always is right in his decision like or not to the democrats and will see what’s happened

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  • Serena
    Voted Apathetic
    02/25/2019
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    The resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration should absolutely pass. He said it himself: he “didn’t need to do this”. There is no emergency warranting a wall.

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  • eliyak
    Voted Sad
    02/25/2019
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    How about addressing the national debt, fixing Social Security, ending the War on Drugs, and fixing our broken immigration system? Or just any one of those.

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  • Tina
    Voted Happy
    02/25/2019
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    Congress must override Trump’s unconstitutional so-called National Emergency and then override his Veto!

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  • Paul
    Voted Apathetic
    02/25/2019
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    Positive on the House agenda, negative on the Senate. The "baby bill" in the Senate is just another attempt to limit women's rights to their own bodies and souls, which conservatives and evangelicals seem hell bent to do by any means necessary. But I support any attempt to rein in Trump's woefully misguided wall. Even if he vetoes the bill, at least the real representatives of the majority of Americans who stand against the tyrant in chief will be on the record in support of sane foreign policy at our borders.

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