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What's Congress Voting On? Week of February 6, 2017

by Countable | 3.20.17

Congress will only be fully in session on Monday and Tuesday this week to allow House Democrats to attend their annual retreat, which will begin Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland.

On Monday the House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to require law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before searching a person's emails through their internet service provider. Tuesday will bring three resolutions to the House floor that seek to overturn regulations finalized by the Obama administration related to teacher preparation, state accountability plans for their education system, and land use plans developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in conjunction with state and local authorities.

The Senate will spend Monday exhausting the 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. A final vote on her confirmation could come late Monday evening or Tuesday. After that, the Senate could cast votes to begin debate on the nominations of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Steven Mnuchin, and Rep. Tom Price to their Cabinet posts. Other confirmation votes are possible later in the week.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 387: Email Privacy Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 618: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 698: Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 688: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 689: Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act Passed 409-1.
  • H.R. 337: Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act Passed 407-0.
  • H.R. 494: Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues Passed 240-181.
  • H.J.Res. 57: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Passed 234-190.
  • H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 Passed 234-186.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

  • No votes are expected.

Senate

Monday

  • Debate on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education

Tuesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education Confirmed 51-50 with VP Mike Pence casting tiebreaking vote.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General Cloture invoked 52-47-1.
  • Committee vote on the nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Approved 15-0.

Wednesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General Confirmed 52-47.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services Cloture invoked 51-48.

Thursday

  • Possible confirmation vote on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Friday

  • Confirmation vote the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services Confirmed 52-47.
    • Cloture vote on the nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary Cloture invoked 53-46.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Paula
    02/07/2017
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    Please do not be a representative whose vote can be bought. Vote no on Devos. Vote no on Pruitt. Represent your constituents not the party.

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  • Claire
    02/07/2017
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    Dr Cassidy and Mr Kennedy I am letting you know that your vote did not represent my interests as lawmaker. I do not feel that you voted for an Education Secretary that is qualified to do the job. She was a great donor to your campaigns and has pushed for charter schools over the public education system but she did not show any depth of knowledge about the laws and policies that are in place that she will be administrating I would be open to hear how you think she will contribute to our education system.

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  • Allen
    02/08/2017
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    The way Senator Mcconnell shut up Senator Warren is reprehensible! Not allowing the words of Corretta Scott King to be read on the senate floor is outrageous! Do not vote for Jeff Sessions as AG. You have common decency and know a racist when you see one, please vote no.

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  • Margaret
    02/08/2017
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    Please convey thanks to Mr. McConnell for helping senator Warren establish her place in history. "Nonetheless, she persisted." Has a nice ring to it doesn't it?

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  • Michael
    02/08/2017
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    Please read Coretta Scott King's letter on Jefferson Sessions and then vote no on his confirmation!

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  • Julie
    02/07/2017
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    I can not believe that today that there are still 50 Republican Senators that refuse to take a stance for our children and vote NO to DeVos!!! Why would they when they bury their heads in the sand about everything thing this administration is doing!!! The blow back is going to be Yuge!!!! Cruz and Cornyn are you prepared????

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  • Shanna
    02/07/2017
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    Shame on you for confirming Betsy DeVos. We will all remember this next election.

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  • Antje
    02/07/2017
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    Vote NO on Jeff Sessions. He will set back this countries social progress by about 50 years. He had already once been rejected for his racism. I doubt he had fundamentally changed to no longer have these views.

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  • Diane
    02/06/2017
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    Your most important job right now is to convince another Republican to vote against the Betsy DeVos confirmation. Her confirmation will be criminal. I appreciate everything you are doing to fight against the radical Trump and Republican agenda. Fighting that is the right thing to do and you have much much support.

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  • Valerie
    02/07/2017
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    I do not want the Obama regulations eliminated. Tax payers should be protected from bailing out these banking criminals again. There were no consequences for them when they destroyed our economy in 2008, under George W Bush, and we don't need to return to the same system we had then. We need protection from these greedy billionaires. 😠

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  • Gail
    02/08/2017
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    Not only was it inappropriate to stop Senator Warren from reading Coretta Scott King's letter, which was already part of the Congressional record from Jeff Sessions prior nomination, but then a few hours later Senator Jeff Merkley was allowed to finish reading the letter, making it clear that Mitch McConnell and his cohorts are sexist at the very least and perhaps playing a very political card at worst. It happens that sometimes a Senator is being nominated for a Cabinet position and therefore all opposition to that nomination should be allowed to be presented just as it would if it were not a Senator being nominated. To invoke rule 19 in this context was unfair as this was not regular Senate business, but rather the the relevant testimony of an important historical person was being invoked in opposition to a Cabinet nominee, who happened to be a Senator. Please do not keep voting for these Senators who use underhanded means to get what they want. In fact, this move was to shame Senator Warren, which was far worse than what she was doing, which was her job.

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  • Monica
    02/07/2017
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    I am so disappointed that the Senators from my state would choose partisan politics over the well being of America's children. It appears that the voices of your constituents mean little to you. This will be remembered!

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  • Andrew
    02/06/2017
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    Please vote no on Betsy DeVos' confirmation. We should have a secretary of education with real experience, not someone who simply donated large sums to the Republican Party. We need someone who will fight and make public education better, not strip its funding. We need someone who understands education ideas, laws, and strategies, none of which DeVos has demonstrated.

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  • Monique
    02/07/2017
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    Sen Toomey, vote NO on Jeff Sessions. Do not repeat the same mistake you made with Betsy Devos.

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  • Jenn
    02/07/2017
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    Vote NO on Mnuchin. Under Oath, he did not disclose $100 million dollars in assets. He bought a failing bank and turned OneWestBank 'profitable' by foreclosing on thousands of mortgages and then selling the bank for a big profit. Trump promised to Drain the Swamp and sharply criticized Clinton for a paid speaking engagement with Goldman Sachs then he hires a Goldman Sachs banker for Secretary of the Treasury? He is swindling the voters that voted for him to "DrainTheSwamp."

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  • Ann
    02/07/2017
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    I cannot believe that DeVos was confirmed! You didn't represent me when you voted.

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  • Andrew
    02/06/2017
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    I'm asking you (especially Sen. Toomey - since I'm unable to get through to any of your offices), please vote No on Betsy DeVos. She's bad for the future of education in this country. The fact that she reported plagiarized large portions of her answers should alone be enough to disqualify her. And Sen. Toomey - your constituents WILL remember in 2022, how you voted. Will you be brace enough to look a woman who gave you a 60,500 dollar donation in the eye? Have you FINALLY found your spine?

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  • Susan
    02/08/2017
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    I'm furious that Senator Warren was silenced on the Senate floor for reading a truthful letter, and one that is already a matter of public record. I strongly urge you to reject Senator Sessions candidacy for attorney general as he will not stand up to the president or represent all Americans

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  • Marissa
    02/08/2017
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    I am incredibly disappointed in the support for DeVos and Sessions. Absolutely tragic this is what our government has become.

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  • Linda
    02/07/2017
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    Shame on you for caring more about your party than the country and voting to confirm Devos, someone all of you know is incompetent. This is a disgrace.

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