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Avoiding Another Gov’t Shutdown & Nutrition Disclosure Rules - This Week in Congress

by Countable | 2.9.18

Congress convenes this week facing a deadline of midnight Thursday to pass legislation to fund the government and avoid another government shutdown. Another stopgap funding bill is expected to receive a vote in both chambers before then, but it’s unclear if Democrats will attempt to block the bill because of negotiations over the budget and immigration reform.

The House starts its week Monday with votes on 9 broadly-supported bills under a fast-track process known as "suspension of the rules". That list includes a bill to clarify that the State Department’s War Crimes Rewards Program can be used to offer bounties for information about suspected war criminals who’d be prosecuted domestically. It will then move on to bills to delay the implementation of the FDA’s rule requiring restaurants to disclose nutrition information and to change how “points” and “fees” are applied to qualified mortgages, along with the stopgap funding bill.

The Senate will also convene Monday, when it will vote on the confirmation of Andrei Iancu to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It’s schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced, but it will consider the stopgap funding bill once it’s passed by the House.

Both chambers of Congress are expected to conclude their work week Wednesday so that Democrats can hold their annual policy retreat in Cambridge, MD.

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. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4547: Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, as amended Passed 396-0.

  • H.R. 2646: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 1997: Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 2371: Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 2888: Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Establishment Act Passed by voice vote.

  • S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 2504: To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 219: Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act Vote postponed.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Passed 245-182.

  • H.R. 772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 Passed 266-157, 1 present.

  • H.R. 219: Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4924: To amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment, and for other purposes Passed by voice vote.

  • H.Res. 724: Requiring each employing office of the House of Representatives to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the office’s workplace, establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy to provide legal assistance and consultation to employees of the House regarding procedures and proceedings under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, and for other purposes Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 9am

  • H.R. 1153: Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, as amended Passed 407-0.

  • H.R. 1997: Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017, as amended Passed 404-3.

  • S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 2371: Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act Passed by voice vote.

Thursday

  • H.R. 1153: Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 Passed 280-131.

  • H.R. 4771: Small Bank Holding Company Relief Act of 2018 Passed 280-139.

Friday

  • H.R. 1892: Bipartisan Budget Act Passed 240-186.

  • S. 96: Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 582: Kari's Law Act of 2017 Vote postponed.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Andrei Iancu to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Confirmed 94-0.

Tuesday

  • Motion to proceed to H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 Agreed by voice vote.

Wednesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Barbara Steward to be Chief Executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service Passed by voice vote.
  • S.Res. 399: A resolution congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their triumph in Super Bowl LII Adopted by voice vote.

Thursday

  • Cloture vote on H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 Not invoked 55-44.

Friday

  • Cloture vote on H.R. 1892: Bipartisan Budget Act Invoked 73-26.
  • H.R. 1892: Bipartisan Budget Act Passed 71-28.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Christine
    02/04/2018
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    Wouldn’t it be nice if speaker ryan grew a spine and had the house do its job checking an out of control executive?

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  • Cris
    02/04/2018
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    If standing up for those that can’t stand up for themselves makes you a whiner. If standing up for those that have earned the right to be American but aren’t because of an approach to immigration that is anything but American makes you a whiner. If standing with those that just want to be married and have the same rights as everybody else makes you a whiner. If standing with those that want those in authority held accountable by the same law that they are sworn to uphold makes me a whiner. If recognizing that the people at the very top recognize that all they have to do is figure out ways to keep us all divided and they can keep screwing not only us but the planet too makes me a whiner. I with the whiners. #resist #EAD

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  • Benjamin
    02/04/2018
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    I blame the greed of the G.O.P and the incompetence of trump to do anything except reverse decision made in the Obama administration

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  • Robert
    02/04/2018
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    Trump has Chuck Schumer and the other Democrats right where he wants them. 👍👍

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  • Ingrid
    02/04/2018
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    Wouldn’t it be nice if we got a spending bill for the year. All Dems want to do is obstruct and whine.

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  • Dara
    02/04/2018
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    We are back at the same place. Can we please get some leadership and adults at the table making decisions for the country, not for political parties and millionaire donors. Represent the 80%! Paul Ryan show some leadership and stop allowing your rich donors that gave you $500,000 to buy your vote and represent the country!

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  • Mark
    02/04/2018
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    I think trump should just keep his mouth shut before saying he's vindicated on the Russia probe and 2nd he should not have a wall in order for daca to be in this bill by this Thursday he should just take it as it is no wall EVER! As for nunes he should stop kissing trump's (ahem) and just do his job not side with trump!

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  • Clint
    02/04/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president. What I want to know is what are you planning on doing to protect this country and it’s people from literally everything he does. I could give you a huge list but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • Mike
    02/04/2018
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    I want to see Trumps budget first. Their tax cuts have already required almost a trillion in new borrowing, so shut it down. The republicans have proven that they can’t govern and they need to be booted out.

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  • Allanrdaz
    02/05/2018
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    Republicans in the House and Senate, listen up, please! If you truly want to have the respect of the American people, may I suggest the following. Republicans you must stop thinking Party and begin thinking Country. Our three branches of Republican government are attacking the nations law enforcement organization. Are we witnessing a Republican Party devoid of interest in any thing other then greed and forcing religious dogma and conservatism upon the citizenry. Republicans grow up and stop with the misinformation and lies.

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  • Michael777
    02/05/2018
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    Congress needs to bring back Net Neutrality, ASAP!

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  • Nick
    02/04/2018
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    We shouldn’t have any rules about what a business can and can not sell.

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  • Truly
    02/05/2018
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    And once again the republican terrorism continues unabated. Stop them ASAP and by whatever means necessary.

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  • Pat
    02/05/2018
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    If we can’t protect DACA and not waste money funding a useless wall then shut the government down. The military will get paid and it’s highly probable the civilians will also. Social security and pensions are still paid. And, the essential workers work and get paid anyway.

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  • David
    02/05/2018
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    Keep the government running but do it by enacting real campaign finance reform and making the voting districts accurate, competitive and representative of the voters. Do it for us not yourself. Do your job, represent the people of this country or get out.

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  • Bryan
    02/05/2018
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    The amusing thing in the comments is how much they blame the dems for the shutdown and everything else when the senate, house, AND executive branch are allllllllll republican controlled. Can't blame the other guy when it's largely your fault.

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  • Larry
    02/04/2018
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    The Dumbocraps have ruined this country for the past 8 years and they're still trying to do so just because Hitlary lost the election she was supposed to win. I make no apologies for abandoning the Dumbocrapic Party, they are not the party that I or my parents belonged to a long time ago. I switched my party affiliation the year that Ovomit first run for office and I'm very proud that I did. Since the Dumbocraps absolutely refuse to work with the President, all it should take is 50 votes for any bill to pass. I am an avid Constitution supporter, from immigration,to the border wall, to 2nd Ammendment supporter. I'm sick of the Dumbocraps and other evil fanatics trying their best to ruin this country and what it really stands for. Congress, do your job according to the Constitution, or vacate your positions just because you make too much money and sit on your pompous asses while doing nothing.

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  • Richard
    02/05/2018
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    Congressional leaders - I find that a “to do” list always helps me to stay on track so here is yours: 1. Fund the government 2. Protect the undocumented children (now adults) serving as cops and teachers) 3. Get to the bottom of the Russian meddling 4 protect the integrity of the Russian investigation and the integrity of our institutions

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  • Chester
    02/04/2018
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    Our representatives could stop a shut down if the just work doing what right for all and not just special interest and tell trump that it is an American ‘s of immigrants and we don’t need to make his business buddies rich by making a useless wall.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/05/2018
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    It’s going to take several years to overcome the damage and issues created by the Obama administration over the 8 years of regulations, taxes, and pen orders put forth by President Obama. As we’ve seen here, Former President Obama and his Congressional cohorts, in combination with the suspected stay behind “Deep Dark State”, can do no wrong.

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