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What's Congress Voting On? Week of March 27, 2017

by Countable | 3.27.17

Congress reconvenes Monday, and the schedule looks significantly different than it would have had House Republicans not failed in their attempt to pass the American Health Care Act. The Senate was expected to work on passing the bill by the end of their work week, while the House took up health insurance-related bills that formed part of the third prong of the GOP's effort to undo the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare).

Rather than tackling health insurance reform bills, the House will vote on a series of suspension bills Monday, including a bill to have the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plan an earthquake and tsunami early warning system for the Pacific Northwest.

On Tuesday, it will turn to a bill to overturn a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that imposes limits on broadband providers' ability to access and collect consumer information like app usage, web searches and communications content. At the end of the week — although the House may add more bills to the schedule — the House will debate the HONEST Act, which restricts the Environmental Protection Agency from using science that isn't publicly available or reproducible to justify its regulations.

The Senate will vote on the admission of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday. Its 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)

  • H.R. 654: Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2017 Passed 395-11.
  • H.R. 1117: To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster Passed 408-0.
  • H.R. 1214: Disaster SAVE Act Passed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • S.J.Res. 34: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services Passed 215-205.

Wednesday after 12pm or

  • H.R. 1430: Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 Passed 228-194.
  • H.R. 1431: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017 Procedural vote only.

Thursday after 9am

  • H.R. 1431: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017 House passed 229-193.

Friday

  • No votes are expected.

Senate

Monday after 6:30pm

  • Vote on Treaty 114-12: Allowing Montenegro to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Cloture invoked 97-2.

Tuesday

  • Vote on Treaty 114-12: Allowing Montenegro to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Ratified 97-2.

Wednesday

  • 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. Procedural votes only.

Thursday

  • 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 50-49.
  • 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 51-50 with tiebreaking vote cast by Vice President Pence.
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: Confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Melanie
    03/27/2017
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    From a reliable source: FYI: Having a school voucher system (proposed by Trump's Education secretary Betsy DeVos) doesn't just mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It also means the public education program will be dismantled. Let me explain... If your child has an IEP, frame it. Then kiss it good-bye. If you have a job in special-education, meaning if you're a: special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, or a teacher's aid, you're in the same boat. If you are in ESL teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. Yes, there are all of these programs happening in our education system, in addition to just academics. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA, and FAPE. Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion). Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps. PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

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  • Cb
    03/27/2017
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    FYI: Having a school voucher system (proposed by Trump's Education secretary Betsy DeVos) doesn't just mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It also means the public education program will be dismantled. Let me explain... If your child has an IEP, frame it. Then kiss it good-bye. If you have a job in special-education, meaning if you're a: special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, or a teacher's aid, you're in the same boat. If you are in ESL teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. Yes, there are all of these programs happening in our education system, in addition to just academics. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA, and FAPE. Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion). Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps. PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

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  • Janice
    03/27/2017
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    We must have an independent investigation into the Russian ties to the trump administration. Rep Nunes is no longer independent and appears to be in collusion with the trump organization whom he is supposed to be investigating.

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  • L
    03/28/2017
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    CEASE AND DESIST IMMEDIATELY FROM ANY AND ALL CONGRESSIONAL BUSINESS UNTIL YOU HAVE APPOINTED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR AND HAVE THE RESULTS. ACT ON THISE RESULTS, UP TO AND INCLUDING PROSECUTION OF TRUMP HIS CABINET AND ANY CONGRESSPEOPLE FOR ANY CRIMINAL OR TREASONOUS TIES TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS AND/OR GOVERNMENT. *** DO YOUR JOB***

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  • Rick
    03/30/2017
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    I am writing to express my concern over the recent House vote to overturn my right to internet privacy. As I understand it, internet companies are allowed to do what they wish with data reflecting my online activities (including selling it to the highest bidder) and you just voted to ensure that they are free to continue doing so ad libitum. It is unacceptable to allow a corporation to monitor my online behavior WITHOUT MY PERMISSION OR CONSENT and to allow them to use the collected information however they see fit. They also use my personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads which is also an invasion of my privacy. I am curious as to what aspect of this freedom-limiting vote you think will benefit American citizens. You are PERSONALLY in favor of eliminating my online privacy. You are PERSONALLY responsible because you voted to remove my liberties. I would just like to know what reason you believe is good enough to violate my freedom. You need to know that Florida holds you PERSONALLY responsible. If you truly think it is acceptable for my (along with every single American's) personal data to be available to absolutely anyone on the planet with enough money to pay for it, then you are not fit to represent this state. The Republican party is supposed to be about individual freedom and liberty, yes? How on earth do you square that sentiment with your actions? You have voted to stymie freedoms and disregard liberty. You are on the wrong side of history and I am deeply disappointed in your lack of respect for your constituents. As a Floridian, I also am saddened in your lack of respect for me and my rights.

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  • Clay
    03/28/2017
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    What happened to the call against nepotism. There are reasons. No one voted for Trumps children and there spouses to be running our government. Kushner is a Russian puppet. Mr Trump has deep ties with the Putin dictatorship. And the whole administration has a stench of treason. Remove this illegal president from office,

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  • Joseph
    03/27/2017
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    I am extremely concerned with what I am reading concerning the blatantly partisan actions of Mr. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. His refusal to identify where his secret documents originated, even to the committee members, reeks of a cover up. For all we know the source is Breitbart News. Without his revealing his source, the validity of the information cannot be verified, and should not be believed. His actions are extraordinary and unprecedented. He is clearly trying to lead the committee away from a thorough, honest, nonpartisan investigation of the alleged ties between President Trump and or his election committee and supporters with Russian strong man Vladimir Putin. His actions are clearly not in the nations best interest and may certainly be characterized on bordering on treason. He should be removed as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee immediately. Furthermore, since it is clear the House is not capable of acting in a nonpartisan manner in this investigation, an independent nonpartisan select committee or investigator should be appointed. I am outraged with his behavior and will not support anyone who supports his actions

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  • Joseph
    03/27/2017
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    You should be focusing on investigating the White House. All other business needs to be put on hold.

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  • Angela
    03/28/2017
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    please support creating an independent investigative commitee to find out about russian ties.

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  • GoodridgeSierra
    03/28/2017
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    FYI: Having a school voucher system (proposed by Trump's Education secretary Betsy DeVos) doesn't just mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It also means the public education program will be dismantled. Let me explain... If your child has an IEP, frame it. Then kiss it good-bye. If you have a job in special-education, meaning if you're a: special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, or a teacher's aid, you're in the same boat. If you are in ESL teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. Yes, there are all of these programs happening in our education system, in addition to just academics. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA, and FAPE. Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion). Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps. PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

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  • Rodney
    03/27/2017
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    Vote no on school vouchers! Vote no on HR610! FYI: Having a school voucher system (proposed by Trump's Education secretary Betsy DeVos) doesn't just mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It also means the public education program will be dismantled. Let me explain... If your child has an IEP, frame it. Then kiss it good-bye. If you have a job in special-education, meaning if you're a: special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, or a teacher's aid, you're in the same boat. If you are in ESL teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. Yes, there are all of these programs happening in our education system, in addition to just academics. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA, and FAPE. Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

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  • Debbie
    03/28/2017
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    It seems that all the Republicans forward motion is about nothing other than dismantling anything that President Obama put in place. Please understand that that is not a positive reflection on your party as it is resulting in dismantling many positive regulations that were put in place to protect our environment and our citizens. You need to refocus your energy on issues that will support your constituents. Every press conference every tweet every Twitter that comes out of the White House is about President Obama. It's embarrassing...

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  • Annalise
    03/27/2017
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    Absolutely everything should be placed on hold until the FBI investigation into the involvement/cooperation of the Trump campaign and Russian officials is complete. Also Ivanka and Kushner should be striped of their unlawful security clearance.

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  • Ann
    03/27/2017
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    Please safeguard my internet privacy and vote no tonite or tomorrow on SJ 34

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  • Colleen
    03/28/2017
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    Please vote no on HR 610 which is the school voucher bill. It will destroy public schools . Public schools are the only hope for millions of kids. There are a lot of children with disabilities that will be harmed with this bill. All children have a right to an education. This bill will just continue the dumbing down of the American people. VOTE NO

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  • Molly
    03/27/2017
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    Dear Representatives, as one of your constituents and as a former public school teacher I am urging you to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR610)! This bill is intended to dismantle our existing education without providing a new, workable system. These are children's lives that are at stake; this is greater than playing partisan politics. I beg you to think not just about children you know, but all the children you don't know who will be negatively impacted by this bill. Again, VOTE NO ON HB 610!!!!!

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  • Room101
    03/27/2017
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    I cannot stress enough that allowing ISPs, who are the gateway to internet access, unfettered access to selling their customers' web data is appalling. The argument that they should be treated the same as Google or Facebook is ridiculous as there are options to not use those services. There is no option to not use an ISP. This in no way, shape or form protects citizens. Do not vote to repeal this privacy rule

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  • Gary
    03/27/2017
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    Devin Nunes needs to step down. He cannot any longer be the impartial head of the intelligence committee. He is compromised.

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  • Gail
    03/27/2017
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    The FCC has received record numbers of public comments advocating for an untiered, open internet with privacy protections over the last three years. This is clearly what Americans want. But Repubs keep voting against citizens wishes in order to line the pockets of corporations and themselves. They are acting Immorally, corruptly and are therefore unworthy of their positions. To the public:Vote them out of office, please. To my Reps: Vote Nay! Thank you.

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  • Josh
    03/30/2017
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    I would like to remind all representatives that your internet history will now be avail for public consumption. By passing this legislation you have made a grave error in judgement and have introduced an aspect if "big brother" into the fabric of our democracy. I am extremely disappointed in any and all representatives that voted to pass this bill and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that any and all that voted to pass this legislation lose their position in government during the next elections as it is more than clear that they have no interest in protecting the privacy rights of American citizens.

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