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Defense Spending & Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks - This Week in Congress

by Countable | 1.30.18

President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, but that’s far from all that’s happening in our nation’s legislature this week.

The House will vote Monday on a bill to require that adults working for national amateur sports associations be mandatory reporters of sexual assault, in addition to bills providing housing for survivors of sex trafficking and reforming the process for banks to create living wills. Tuesday will feature a vote on a bill to fund the Dept. of Defense for the rest of FY2018 with $659.2 billion. The House will be out the rest of the week while Republicans go on their annual policy retreat (Democrats will hold their retreat next week).

The Senate will take a procedural vote on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. If it’s successful, the Senate will then start debate on the bill with a passage vote likely to occur later in the week. If it fails, the Senate will then take up the nomination of David Stras to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit. The Senate’s schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced.

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)

  • S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, as amended Passed 406-3.

  • H.R. 3942: Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4292: Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 1457: To establish requirements for use of a driver’s license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, and for other purposes, as amended Passed 397-8.

  • H.R. 1426: Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2255: To clarify that nonprofit organizations may accept donated mortgage appraisals, and for other purposes, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4792: Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 Passed 250-166.

  • H.R. 4292: Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 Passed 414-0.

Rest of the Week

  • The House will not be in session.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on S. 2311: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Failed 51-46.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of David Stras to be Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Invoked 57-41.

Tuesday at 2:15pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of David Stras to be Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Confirmed 56-42.

Rest of the Week

  • To be announced.

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— Eric Revell

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  • AnonymousPatron
    01/29/2018
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    Stop placing 2 or more important bills together to muddy the water! One dramatics bill at a time allows for true debate and a decent vote.

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  • Leslie
    01/29/2018
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    Why would you vote for two important bills at once? To hide the fact that this bill is a continuation of the war on women! Can you imagine if men were the ones getting pregnant? First you’re going to make it impossible for us to get birth control, which we should have a right to. Then you’re going to make it illegal to have abortions. Then you’re going to deny healthcare to the mothers and their children. Then you’re going to take away an affordable education. Sounds to me like this is also the creation of a slave class. The 1 percenters, trump/Putin and the oligarchy are trying to destroy our Democracy. America under trump is worse than anything we could ever have imagined. Vote “no” to this terrible immature small minded untenable misogynistic cruel attack on women and the middle class. (Creepy Chris Collins-R of WNY27 will of course vote for this bill) Be better than him! Be stronger! Fight for my country! I’m fighting right alongside you!

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  • SirRobert
    01/28/2018
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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)! In 2019 over $5 BILLION in payoffs will be sent abroad. By 2027 that annual figure will climb to $40 BILLION in payoffs! All financed by middle class Americans taxes! JOIN THE BLUE WAVE AND VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT OF OFFICE !!

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  • Pam
    01/29/2018
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    By putting these two issues together, our politicians are making it impossible for a woman who finds out that her fetus has medical problems to have an abortion after 20 weeks. Southern states have had outbreaks of Zika and no woman should be forced to give birth to such a child if she chooses not too. This deformity would not be discovered until the later stages of a pregnancy. It this law passes, women who are denied abortions should have the option of leaving their unwanted babies on the closest republican politician’s doorstep.

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  • MimiJ
    01/29/2018
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    It is crazy to me that they can pass a temporary fix, then take a whole week off, followed by Republicans taking a week retreat, and then followed by Democrats taking a week retreat... which leads us right up to when the temporary fix ends. You can't wonder why nothing gets done in the House. It's time to vote all of these people out, they obviously can't get the job done. It is ridiculous that they don't have a budget yet this far into the fiscal year, it is total incompetence. No one else would be able to keep their job with such bad results, neither should they!

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  • Jim
    01/29/2018
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    One issue, one bill. Stop the bullshit conglomeration of issues into one bill. If an issue cannot stand on its own, then it should not pass.

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  • Trisha
    01/29/2018
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    The decision to have an abortion should be made between a woman, her family and her doctor. We should not have to justify any medical decision to any politician. 99% of abortions occur before 21 weeks. There are more important topics to be focusing on like DACA.

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  • Linda
    01/29/2018
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    Senators Cruz, Cornyn and Rep Smith. I know you stand strongly behind any bill that attempts to control and eliminate a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about reproduction. I disagree 100% with this. In the same way you stay away from bills to control male decisions Re reproduction, do the same for your female peers. Everyone knows a decision for an abortion at 20 wks is about a serious medical issue involving baby and/or mother. If you don’t realize that, all the more reason you need to stop creating these ignorant bills. If you truly cared about reducing abortions, you would not have eliminated women’s affordable access to birth control thru health insurance and health clinics.

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  • Emily
    01/28/2018
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    We don’t need religion to teach us what science already has - a human being is a human being *from conception.* It is beyond time for the basic human rights of these tiny people to be protected as sacredly as they deserve to be. We were all in that period of growth and helplessness at the beginning of our lives, and we owe it to our fellow humans to protect them when they need it most. The choices should happen prior to and, if necessary, with a mind towards the prevention of, a separate human life.

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  • Katharine
    01/29/2018
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    You place Tooo many bills in one piece of legislation that really causes confusion. Pass one bill at a time which would clarify issues!!!!

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  • Steve
    01/29/2018
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    Pass the bill banning abortion also vote to build the border wall or no daca

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  • Dara
    01/29/2018
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    How much money do we need for defense? I am amazed everyday that we haven’t out grown our Wild West mentality. No to more defense spending. Abortion- stay the hell out of my personal life and decision making. I am free and over 18 years of age. Do your job congress, run the country and stay out of personal business. Better yet stop taking vacations, vote on clean individual bills, and try compromising. Show some leadership skills.

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  • MAvet75
    01/29/2018
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    For all the talk of getting to work on immigration reform, the house and senate have plans to not work from Wednesday through Friday. Obviously they will wait until the last minute and squabble with the pay for military hanging in the balance.

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  • Peggy
    01/29/2018
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    Stop placing 2 or more important bills together to muddy the water! One dramatics bill at a time allows for true debate and a decent vote.

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  • AC-ount-W
    01/29/2018
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    I believe in a woman’s right to choose for herself when to get an abortion, but why I have to the negate the abortion ban is not for that reason solely. I do believe that if women has been victimized through rape and incest she has a right to an abortion; however this bill neglects these women by stating they need to have reported the crime prior to the 20 week limit, and I believe that is a cruel and unreasonable mandate. It is not a surprise that so many sex crimes go unreported in America, and that’s for so many reasons. Similar to every other issue in America, abortion is heavily politicized and partisan sided. Abortion cannot be something that’s (legal under certain circumstances), it has to be either entirely legal or illegal, and the side that protects Americans in my opinion is entirely legal. We see so many laws that target to close down abortion clinics, which further off-sets healthcare treatment for other reasons. We see women going to extreme lengths, traveling to another state just so she can see the possibility of treatment. I urge you to vote against this “abortion ban” to protect both victims of sex crimes, but the rights of a women’s body. I will write on the other agenda items on a later date, but for now I am advocating a strong no abortion ban vote. Signed, A Voter in your district.

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  • Olivia
    01/29/2018
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    Abortion should be legal. I understand it is seen as murder but there are too many kids in this country already being thrown to the side and without parents who can care for them. Let women make the right decisions for their lives and their bodies. Having an abortion is not an emotional piece of cake!

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  • Joanne
    01/29/2018
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    House and Senate Democrats need to boycott trump’s State of the Union. We all know the state of the union already. The states of the union are in deep trouble.

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  • Jake-A-Rama
    01/29/2018
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    As if gerrymandering districts isn’t enough. Now it’s gerrymandering bills. No wonder we are going nowhere

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  • Wallace
    01/29/2018
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    Yes, require volunteer coaches to be mandatory reporters. Protect survivors of sex trafficking!

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  • SneakyPete
    01/29/2018
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    Yes, the week of Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February is going to be a very interesting one for political followers, both Democrats and Republicans, to comprehend. 1). President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening 30 January. It’s going to be extremely entertaining for me to follow how both parties will react to his 1st State of the Union presentation to Congress and the nation. 2). The Senate will take a procedural vote on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Democratic Senators are going to vote based with how many of its members and the Democratic Party stands with the pro-abortion and Planned Parenthood Agenda. 3). The House will feature a vote on Tuesday, a bill (H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018) to fund the Dept. of Defense for the rest of FY2018, with a $659.2 billion bill. Will we be seeing an effort, by the Democratic Representatives led by Nancy Pelosi, to reduce the military funding bill. Will we see Democratic Representatives from “Red States”, having a heavy military presence in bases and or members, to continue to vote for the military budget bill. Democrats will lose power, because of their increased use of a radical toxic agenda which is causing, further loses of their voters and seats in the coming Mid-Term 2018 elections. They’ve lost seats, not only in Congress, but across the nation from the lowest levels at the grassroots levels up through state Senate and House and Governorships. 1*28*18.

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