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What's Congress Voting On? Week of February 13, 2017

by Countable | 3.20.17

Congress will be in session for a full work week, with the House poised to continue undoing regulations advanced by the Obama administration and the Senate set to cast confirmation votes on more of Trump's nominees.

The House will vote Monday on a series of bills related to programs for veterans under suspension of the rules. One of those bills, the WINGMAN Act, passed the House by voice vote last year and would look to improve case management at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs by letting certified congressional staffers access more of a patient's record when they assist them. Starting on Wednesday the House will vote to overturn several Obama era regulations. Among the rules on the chopping block are one that prevents states from denying abortion providers access to government funding, and another that restricts the drug testing of individuals receiving unemployment benefits.

The Senate will vote Monday to confirm Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary and David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Trump's choice to lead the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, will be up for a confirmation vote on Tuesday. Additional confirmation votes are possible later in the week, so check back to stay current on what's happening this week in Congress.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 512: WINGMAN Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act Passed 409-1.
  • H.R. 974: BRAVE Act Passed 407-0.
  • H.R. 609: To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic” Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 428: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act Passed 250-171.

Wednesday after 12pm, or Thursday or Friday

  • H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants Passed 236-189.
  • H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees Passed 231-193.
  • H.J.Res. 67: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees Passed 234-191.

Thursday

  • H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients Passed 230-188.
  • H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska Passed 225-193.

Friday

  • The House has cancelled votes Friday and will conclude its business Thursday.

Senate

Monday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury Confirmed 53-47.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Confirmed 100-0.

Tuesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration Confirmed 81-19.
  • H.R. 255: Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act Passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 321: INSPIRE Women Act Passed by unanimous consent.

Wednesday

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget Invoked 52-48. Confirmation vote possible
  • H.J.Res 40: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 Passed 57-43.

Thursday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget Confirmed 51-49.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA Cloture invoked 54-46.

Friday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA Confirmed 52-46.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce Cloture invoked 66-31.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Mr.Mr.
    02/13/2017
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    Congress should be required to take a drug test before they receive any benefits from the government themselves - only then would we see the true machination of such an embarrassing and dehumanizing policy.

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  • Ramona
    02/13/2017
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    All business of Congress should be immediately HALTED while this entire administration including the president, vice president, his entire cabinet, and his entire White House staff are investigated with regard to their dealings, conversations, policies with Russia are fully investigated, and we clean out these traitors. This is no time to conduct business as usual. Please save our country!

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  • Tani
    02/13/2017
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    This restricts women's reproductive freedom. While I don't take abortions lightly, I believe that the choice should still be available for women and couples who are not yet ready to start a family, if the fetus is a product of rape, if the mothers life is in danger, etc. we have enough lives to take care of in this world and we're doing a pretty piss poor job of it. Let's stick with what we're got and what we're ready for. Pro-life is different from pro-birth and I think all too many people fall under the pro-birth category, whether they realize it or not. Women need access to abortion if it is necessary for whatever the woman deems necessary. Restricting this and/or the funding for it would effectively lock the shackles on many women. Plus, the focus should be on education and contraceptives. The numbers show that in areas with more safe access to abortion, the rates of abortion actually went down. Wanna know why? Education and access to contraceptives. This is fighting the wrong issue and will only make what they are trying to fight against worse because of their principles. Think about it. Vote to keep government funding.

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  • Lucia
    02/13/2017
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    While Flynn will no doubt take the fall for his phone conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador, no one should believe for a minute that he acted without the knowledge and approval of the president-elect. Something stinks and the full extent of the Putin-tRump relationship must be daylighted, and that process must include complete financial disclosure.

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  • Bobby
    02/15/2017
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    So this is what We want done NOW: 1. I and tens of millions of Americans demand that the weak and spineless Democrats bring Congress to a halt until investigative hearings are held and impeachment charges are filed. We don't want to hear you Dems huff and puff and grandstand and take symbolic actions. We demand that you halt all actions being taken by an illegitimately elected government until this matter is resolved. 2. Attorney General J Beauregard Sessions must immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate these potentially treasonous acts. 3. So-Called President Trump could save the country a lot of time, money and pain by stepping down tonight. 4. Somehow, our judicial system has to find a way to make restitution to this country. Pence can't be president as he, too, was elected under this same fraud. The court has to rule either that the President is the winner of the popular vote OR the election must be held over. The Republicans-- the beneficiaries of this treason --cannot be allowed to hold on to the power by default. If it turns out there's a traitor in the White House, the judicial branch must find a fair, peaceful way to un-do and then re-do the election of 2016.

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  • Mary
    02/13/2017
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    I just want to take a moment to voice my utter disgust with the statements made by Stephen Miller over the weekend regarding the lies about the election results. Spewing alternative facts is the new normal for the Trump Administration and his surrogates. Each one of them shows no respect for the voters who voted against him. I am tired of listening to the lies and fear mongering being touted as truth to the general public. Please call them out on the lies. Someone needs to stop these people.

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  • Anne
    02/13/2017
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    Taking government funding away from Planned Parenthood is not only misguided, it's an assault on women and their healthcare needs. PP currently receives no Federal funding for their abortion services, so taking away their funding affects access to contraception, cancer screenings, routine gynecology exams and other routine health services. These services have resulted in a lower rate of abortion, an end goal that is desired across the political spectrum. I implore you to think independently on this issue, Senator Johnson. Your colleagues in the GOP are being punitive and shortsighted and their actions will cost more tax dollars, not less.

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  • Nicole
    02/15/2017
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    It relation to funding of providers that provide abortions; it's not that anyone actually is pro abortion, we all want to reduce abortions so we support facilities that provide both education and birth control so that abortions aren't needed for unwanted pregnancies. To defund these establishments reduces the number of women they can help and might actually have the opposite effect on abortions that occur. I'm both pro life and pro choice and think health care, education, and birth control is the best compromise to ending abortion rather than just making it criminal or completely shutting down free health care for the people who could benefit the most.

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  • Zita
    02/14/2017
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    We are living in the Year 2017 (a reminder for those stuck in years past) and we are STILL having to have men and religious groups tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies. I agree there are many young women who are misinformed about how to take care of themselves. But that is where PP comes in. They give women choices. CHOICES...that is what women want. We have the right to choose and we want to keep it that way.

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  • Shine
    02/13/2017
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    In regards to voting on defunding abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. What you would actually be taking away are critical health screenings for women. Abortions are not being funded by federal dollars. I understand the desire to protect life but this is a choice that should be left up to the individual. Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies. If you want to reduce abortions then provide funding to places like Planned Parenthood so that they can provide access to birth control.

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  • DrCindyBean
    02/13/2017
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    Actions in house and senate this week need to include 1) for Flynn to be stripped of all security clearances. He must be Fired and further investigated. 2) investigations into all of the White House including tRump Pence Flynn Bannon Miller the kids (ivanka jarred Kushner Eric t and Donny t jr) and all of the cabinet and advisers to get all the traitors and Russian agents out of our government. We need serious investigation now and action against treasonous parties. Now. 3) investigations into corruption conflicts of interest and emoluments. Show his tax returns for past 15 years. Look into Rosneft issues. This administration/regime is prostituting our nation and the office and ripping off taxpayers in multiple ways. 4) enforce anti nepotism laws of 1967. 5) House and senate need to vocally and visibility denounce the LIES that continue to stream from this administration/regime. You all must act on your oath to defend USA citizens from all enemies foreign and domestic. You must act on your oath to uphold the constitution. Oppose unconstitutional EO. These are the most important tasks on your schedule this week. Citizens need to see you and hear you defending our democracy and our nation. Defending our rights under the constitution and our laws. Get to work. Save this nation. There is clear and present danger in the executive branch.

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  • Jessi
    02/13/2017
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    Please vote no on HJ Res 42 and 43. Let's not waste taxpayers money with drug testing. Women should not be prevented from getting necessary medical care because an organization also provides abortions.

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  • Amanda
    02/14/2017
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    Do the right thing, the patriotic thing, and the safe thing and back Rep. Nadler's resolution of inquiry into Trump's Putin ties & his business conflicts. Ignoring Trump's involvement is sheer insanity. Who are you representing exactly?

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  • 'kim
    02/15/2017
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    WRITTEN BY ROSS HUBER: This is what Trump and Putin are up to: Exxon Mobil, under Rex Tillerson, brokered a deal with Russia in 2013 to lease over 60 million acres of Russian land to pump oil out of (which is five times as much land as they lease in this country), but all that Russian oil would go through pipelines in the Ukraine, who heavily tax the proceeds, and Ukraine was applying for admission into NATO at the time. Putin subsequently invaded Ukraine in 2014, secured the routes to export the oil tax-free by sea, and took control of the port where their Black Sea Naval Fleet is based, by taking the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine by force. This was Hitler style imperialism that broke every international law in the free world. After Obama sanctioned Russia for the invasion, Exxon Mobil could only pump oil from approximately 3 of those 60+ million acres. But now Rex Tillerson is soon to be our Secretary of State, and as of today, there’s information circulating that Donald Trump will likely unilaterally remove all sanctions against Russia in the coming days or weeks. The Russian government’s oil company, Rosneft, will make half a trillion (500 Billion) dollars from that much untapped oil, all pumped tax-free through Crimea, stolen from Ukraine, now owned by Russia. Putin may have subverted our government just for this deal to go through. Republicans are putting party before country.

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  • Jen
    02/13/2017
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    Please do not vote to overturn the regulation that prevents states from denying abortion providers access to government funding. Our bodies. Our choice!

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  • DrCindyBean
    02/13/2017
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    Strip Flynn of security clearances and investigate him and the entire administration. - Show Trump Tax returns- at least 15 years - also the business returns and family members returns. Investigation is needed now. Immediately. Urgent. Our nation is threatened by this administration. When are lawmakers going to do their jobs? Are you rolling over and handing our nation off to a corrupt dictator? That is what it looks like to citizens.

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  • Elizabeth
    02/14/2017
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    Do not defund Planned Parenthood. They do not receive federal funds for abortion. Stop waging war on women and leave your religious beliefs out of their reproductive rights. How about you get alarmed over the corruption and incompetence in the White House.

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  • Brenda
    02/13/2017
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    Against HIPPA REGULATIONS!!!!!!!! I do not want someone who is not a nurse or doctor looking at my VA records. PRIVACY ISSUES!!!!! If I have to be drug tested for a job, people without should be drug tested for unemployment. Leave our land alone. You have no right to make it land for drilling. The federal government does not give money for abortions. Plan Parenthood is also for people who have no money to get healthcare for their children. Helps with kids getting preschool education. Leave planned parenthood alone. You will hurt our children if you take away all funding. People need to educate themselves more on this. Again grow some balls and stick up for your constituents, you are destroying this country for your greed.

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  • Fran
    02/13/2017
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    Keep the VA medical records out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats. If you want to make the VA system more effective fully fund the VA, hire more medical and support personnel and reopen satellite clinics in rural locations.

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  • Merideth
    02/15/2017
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    The election has been controlled and manipulated by the Russians. This administration has filled it's cabinet with unqualified people based on monetary favors..... and oil interests. There is not a one of them that is legitimate much less moral. Who is going to do the right thing who is going to protect human rights and equal rights of all Americans?

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