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Fighting Online Sex Trafficking & Reviewing Financial Regs — This Week in Congress

by Countable | 2.27.18

Congress is expected to work a shortened week because Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from February 28th through March 1st. The renowned preacher passed away at age 99 last week. This recognition is a level below "lying in state" but is nonetheless rare: the only others to “lie in honor” are civil rights leader Rosa Parks and two Capitol Police officers — Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson — who died in the line of duty protecting the Capitol.

The House will consider a number of relatively uncontroversial bills under the fast-track "suspension of the rules" process, including a bill to provide grants for military trauma care providers to work in civilian trauma centers when they aren’t deployed. Tuesday will bring votes on a bill to lift barriers preventing the federal government, states, and victims from pursuing justice against sex traffickers. Additionally, votes on bills related to banking regulations are expected Tuesday.

The Senate will convene Monday for a procedural vote on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit before taking a potential confirmation vote later in the week. The Senate’s schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced.

Neither chamber of Congress has scheduled votes on legislation to address the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries prior to DACA’s expiration on March 5th, although we’ll keep you post if that changes.

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. 880: MISSION ZERO Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 1222: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended Passed 394-7.

  • H.R. 2410: Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.

  • S. 772: AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 767: SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 2422: Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 Passed 387-13.

  • H.Res. 443: Recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care, as amended Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Passed 388-25.

  • H.R. 4296: To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency Passed 245-169.

  • H.R. 4607: Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 5078: TRID Improvement Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Invoked 72-22.

Tuesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Confirmed 73-23.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Invoked 49-48.

Wednesday

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Confirmed 50-49 with the Vice President voting in the affirmative.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina Invoked 69-29.

Thursday

  • Voting on the confirmation of A. Marvin Quattlebaum to be U.S, District Judge for the District of South Carolina Confirmed 69-28.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Karen Scholer to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern DIstrict of Texas Invoked 96-1.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Tripp Self to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle DIstrict of Georgia Invoked 85-12.

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Terry Doughty to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana Invoked 94-2.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Dicr
    02/25/2018
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    There are two types of legislators, those who look after their constituents and those who look after their donors.

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  • Dana
    02/25/2018
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    Why is that some people think that taking away guns will curb mass shootings or gun violence, in general? Criminals will always be able to get their hands on guns whether there are stricter gun laws or not. They can buy them on the streets. The violence still doesn’t end. It’s just law abiding citizens will not be able to protect themselves.

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  • KansasTamale
    02/26/2018
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    WHY ARE YOU NOT FACING THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO PASS LEGISLATION TO STOP THE SALE OF THE AR-15 TYPES OF GUNS, AND ALL THE OTHER STEPS NEEDED TO MAKE OUR KIDS AND COUNTRY SAFER. GUN BUY BACK, LIMIT AMMO ROUNDS, ENFORCE BACKGROUND CHECKS, STOP TAKING MONEY FROM THE NRA SO THAT YOH CAN ACTUALLY PASS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/26/2018
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    The comment that Reverend Graham has brought politics to the pulpit, is laughable, coming from a Democrat, whose Party constantly uses the pulpit, particularly in the African-American communities, to preach forth their political agenda. He should be remembered for all the good that he accomplished during his lifetime, rather than being used to make a sad political party statement. 2-25-18......

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  • Lynn
    02/25/2018
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    Remember, morons; if all the non-NRA members would stop killing each other, GUN VIOLENCE WOULD DISAPPEAR. Disagree? Go ahead. Prove me wrong.

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  • Michael777
    02/26/2018
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    Looks like Congress does not thing gun reform is a top priority, even though 17 innocent Americans were just massacred in a high school just last week. Very abhorrent! Time to clean house this year!

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  • PaxAmericana
    02/26/2018
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    @glowurm Maybe if you read the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the various correspondents of Jefferson and Madison you’d know that the Founding Fathers weren’t religion bashing atheists, as you imply. On the contrary, they believed religion and faith, in the 13 colonies this happened to be Christianity, an essential cornerstone of the young republic. Instead of bashing members of the faith community why don’t you just let them exercise their First amendment rights to worship as they please? Taxing churches (which by the way would include taxes on Mosques, and I doubt you’d like that) would cause 80% of them to fail and go bankrupt. They’re not “for-profit” organizations; they’re charities. If non-profits that are politically involved should be taxed, then please, tell me how much you want to Tax Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Live and let live, at least I think that’s how the mantra goes.

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  • Christine
    02/26/2018
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    Can someone please explain Billy Graham in the Capitol Rotunda? No disrespect but do campaign donations make that happen too?

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  • Mancos
    02/26/2018
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    How about voting on DACA, passing a resolution saying that we ARE a nation of immigrants, establishing some common sense gun control, Russian sanctions follow-up and refocusing the work of the EPA to protect the environment. These are the issues Americans care about.

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  • Dennis
    02/25/2018
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    Rather paying our military to March on Washington maybe we can pay to have children and Women March again. It would be a more impressive show of strength!

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  • OlderNWiser
    02/26/2018
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    While most often proud to call you my elected representative and grateful for much of what you attempt to do, I am apalled at how little time elected representatives actually spend working for their constituents and at how much privilege comes with election making it very hard to remember what constituents face daily. Billy Graham was a bigot who erased the line between church and state in my perception. Honoring such a person along with the rule of all by the very few Evangelicals largely attempting to impose their views on everyone of us with religious laws versus separation of church and state is a slippery slope serving the agenda of #45 to become our dictator, and the agenda of many Republicans to use office for their wealth and power, and corporations only.

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  • Judith
    02/28/2018
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    CONGRESS MUST NOW REASSUME IT'S SOLE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ORDERING MILITARY ACTIONS BY OUR MILITARY AS STATED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !

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  • Bernie
    02/26/2018
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    Politicians who look after their donors: Planned Parenthood, Silicon Valley, Federal and State Labor Unions ( who out donated the NRA 8.5 to 1 in 2016), National Resource Defense Council, Green Peace, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, ACLU ( the Anti Christian Litigation Unit).

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  • Dave
    02/26/2018
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    NRA members and many others are stupidly lying that there is no way to stop gun violence. As long as people can that’s all the motivation they may need to slaughter our babies in the streets. We just need to do what they do in civilized countries; drastically control access or eliminate guns designed for killing people.

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/28/2018
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    Christianity has been the most destructive force ever seen on earth. But the religion of white capitalism has transformed it into rabid monster on a chain. If Jesus where here, Trump would have him pushing OxyContin to inner city school kids.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/28/2018
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    How important is a “Free Press”? Very Important IF, the press follows the intent which the Founding Fathers set forth, that a free press is a necessary check on the government and the behaviors of politicians. However the Main Stream Media (MSM), including both the print and television media sources in recent history, has gone far beyond that of being a necessary check, on the government and politicians. What we have seen is that the MSM sources have become political agents for primarily, the leftist political, agenda. As such the American public is bombarded with extremely biased of news which is tainted to leftist ideology and slamming anything which would benefit rightest agenda or views. I’m of the opinion that ALL media sources, print and cable SHOULD treat All political parties fair and balanced, and remain not as a political agent for one party or another. Otherwise treat all as equal members of the American political environment giving the voters a true presentation of the in-order for ALL to form a valid-unbiased evaluation of our national political arena. 2*27*18

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  • Joseph a
    02/26/2018
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    Numerous people have vilified the NRA, that they are responsible for any death involving a weapon (aka: gun.) It does not address the real problem. Did any American news organization bother to report the mad man in China who killed 17 people in Beijing? No, it doesn’t fit the media’s agenda. Interestingly the weapon used was NOT a gun, it was a knife. Maybe we need to make everyone go through a background check for buying a knife? Then we will need a background check on axes. Then one on chainsaws. One on baseball bats. Then on cars, trucks, airplanes, boards, rocks and ... No the problem its not the NRA, the second amendment, or weapons. No it goes back to before the weapon and before the person! It goes back to those who condition, and still are conditioning, impressionable self absorbed fearful people to determine that they are victims and view other people as an obstacle to their success and fulfillment. In short - its the the culture and society of our country thats responsible!

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  • George
    02/26/2018
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    I really wish more people would acknowledge that the Reverend Billy Graham was a bigot towards LGBTQ people.

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  • PaxAmericana
    02/26/2018
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    @John the only prerequisite to enter heaven is a faith is Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and savior, in Christianity, NOT fulfilling your personal political ideology. #Fake RIP You. I applaud you for your ignorance.

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  • OldTimer
    02/26/2018
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    Dana: Truer words were never spoken. We would be far better served in outlawing criminals than in outlawing guns. The problem is that s lot of people decide which side of an issue they are on without ever really studying the issue and rationally deciding their stance.

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