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Senate Debates Immigration Reform - This Week in Congress

by Countable | 2.15.18

This week Congress will take its first step toward advancing an immigration proposal that addresses the status of the "Dreamers" — unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

The Senate convenes Monday to start the debate on immigration reform with a procedural vote that will kickoff an open amendment process which senators will use to introduce a variety of proposals throughout the week. What their final bill will include is anyone’s guess at this point, but we’ll be covering it for you here at Countable.

The House will begin its week Tuesday when it considers a bill to sanction Hamas for the use of civilians as human shields, and a resolution calling for the recovery and identification of all missing and unaccounted for U.S. military personnel. Wednesday the House will consider bills related to mortgage disclosures for title insurance charges and interest rates on loans sold or transferred to a nonbank. The House will then vote Thursday on a bill establishing a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with disabilities.

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

  • The House is not in session.

Tuesday after 12pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.Res. 129: Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4376: Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act 0f 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4377: Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4378: Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4675: Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3397: Building Blocks of STEM Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4533: To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the "Lexington VA Health Care System" and to make certain other designations Passed 402-0.

  • H.R. 4979: To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program Passed 400-2.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 3978: TRID Improvement Act of 2017 Passed 271-145.

  • H.R. 3299: Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017 Passed 245-171.

  • H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, as amended Passed 415-0.

  • H.Res. 129: Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States, as amended Passed 411-0.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 Passed 225-192.

Friday

  • No votes are expected in the House.

Senate

Monday after 6:30pm

  • Cloture vote on H.R. 2579: Legislative vehicle for Immigration Invoked 97-1.

Tuesday

  • Debating H.R. 2579: Legislative vehicle for Immigration and potential amendments

Wednesday

  • Debating H.R. 2579: Legislative vehicle for Immigration and potential amendments

Thursday

  • Debating H.R. 2579: Legislative vehicle for Immigration and potential amendments Four failed cloture votes on amendments.

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— Eric Revell

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