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This Week in Congress: "Right to Try", Fighting Sex Trafficking & the Omnibus Spending Bill

by Countable | Updated on 3.23.18

Congress will be looking to avoid repeats of the January and February government shutdowns by passing an omnibus spending bill before midnight Friday while dealing with several other priorities before departing DC for the two-week spring recess for Easter and Passover.

The House convenes on Monday when it will consider 11 bills under the fast-track "suspension of the rules" process, including a bill to require Homeland Security to report to Congress about preventing vehicular terrorism. Tuesday will bring a vote on a bill to exempt non-bank financial firms (like mutual funds) from Dodd-Frank’s stress tests. The House will then turn its attention to a yet-to-be-introduced omnibus spending bill that funds the government through September, along with bills to give terminally ill patients the “right to try” experimental drugs and reform the process of designating non-banks as “systemically important.”

The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, before taking a procedural vote on a bill to make it a federal crime for websites to promote prostitution and sex trafficking. A passage vote on the anti-sex trafficking bill and the omnibus are expected later in the week, although specifics on timing aren’t yet available.

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. 4227: Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act Vote postponed.

  • S. 2030: Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 5074: DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4176: Air Cargo Security Improvement Act of 2018, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 5099: Enhancing DHS’ Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 5079: DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 5131: Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4467: Strengthening Aviation Security Act of 2018, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 5089: Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018, as amended Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4841: Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site Act, as amended Passed 391-0.

  • H.R. 835: To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Passed 385-3.

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 4566: Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act, Rules Committee Print Passed 395-19.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 5247: Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 Passed 267-149.

Thursday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 Passed 256-167.

  • H.R. 4061: Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print Vote postponed.

  • H.R. 4227: Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act Passed 417-2.

  • H.R. 4467: Strengthening Aviation Security Act of 2018, as amended Passed 408-0.

  • H.R. 5089: Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018, as amended Passed 397-1.

  • H.R. 5131: Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018, as amended Passed 409-5.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Confirmed 77-19.

  • Cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Invoked 94-2.

Tuesday after 4:15pm

  • Motion to table S.J.Res. 54: Yemen War Powers Resolution Tabled 54-44.

Wednesday after 4:15pm

  • Amendment votes on H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Passed 97-2.

Thursday

  • Possible procedural votes on H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

Friday

  • Cloture vote on H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 Invoked 67-30.
  • H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 Passed 65-32.

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— Eric Revell

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  • NotAmused
    03/18/2018
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    Dear representatives: I see there is nothing on your schedule this week dealing with gun control. You should know that I vote in every election. I also actively support the candidates who demonstrate a willingness to go all out on issues of greatest concern to me. That includes common sense gun control at the federal level. I’m watching.

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  • Mark
    03/18/2018
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    At this point the President of the United States has fired two sitting FBI directors whilst under investigation for obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia with the intent of undermining our electoral process, or in layman terms, treason. The response from the GOP, a party which claims to be of the highest caliber of patriots and the staunchest defenders of the constitution has been underwhelming at best. The simple fact is that Robert Mueller is an honorable man, a Republican, and Vietnam veteran of the Marine Corp, his investigation has rapidly led to indictments and guilty pleas. It is not a farce or a political act, it is the appropriate application of politically blind justice. For republican leadership not to diligently and aggressively protect such an investigation begs the question how truly committed to the United States of America they are. We cannot, collectively as a nation, regardless of political leanings allow for demagoguery, obstruction, corruption, or treason. It simply cannot be allowed to continue without wholly changing the values we hold dear as Americans. When the very fabric of our great nation is threatened we must put aside our political differences and come together to protect the things we collectively hold most dear. We must remember that it takes two wings to fly a plane.

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  • Zach
    03/18/2018
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    When you vote on Monday 19, 2018 over the many bills and acts, please make sure to vote yea for the “Right to Try Act”, which allows people to try experimental drugs/treatments if they have exhausted all other options. This is important to me because it should be the PEOPLES right to decide if they want to do such treatments, especially for people who are already on their “death beds”. Also, many Americans, Students, Teachers, and citizens are very much wanting a bill that achieves better school safety and gun control. By refusing to listen to all the students who walked out on March,14, you are essentially saying that their lives are not worth the hard work and determination in getting a bill past. If you want to change this opinion, then sit down, and work hard just as my fellow students and I work hard to get good grades. I will be voting in the next election so please make my voice, along with others, heard.

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  • Steve
    03/18/2018
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    I am amazed and disappointed at the number of people that still support the degenerate lunatic in the White House.

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  • Barb
    03/18/2018
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    Where are the bills concerning gun control? Or have they forgotten all the children and adults murdered by crazy folks with assault weapons???

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  • Jim
    03/18/2018
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    Make America Great Again, get rid of the republicans!

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  • NoHedges
    03/18/2018
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    Countable Friends, On April 24 the much of the world will watch to see whether the constituents in Arizona's District 8 follow suit in protecting the reproductive rights of women, the rights of the states, and if they too are willing to offer this nation more than "thoughts and prayers" to still grieving students and families. Is Arizona's district 8 home to a branch of the Cult of Trump or is there evidence of a population that opposes the brainwashing tactics synonymous with the RNC? We will soon find out. Now, I get it another election means mobilizing another people against profit fight. A fight where they have the dollars and we have the sense. A sense of common decency and common sense. We fought for PA-18 and now we must fight to restore democracy to Arizona district 8 and end the partisan grid lock in Congress. We know what more Trump will bring. More threats to national security, more deregulation of banking institutions, more leeways for coal companies, more of the same corrupt agenda that we have been forced to endure the last few months. Similarly, Lesko has publicly stated her allegiance to President Twitter and has accepted millions in campaign donations. She was recently under scrutiny for concerns surrounding those same contributions. So why Tipirneni? Well, in this political climate it doesn't really matter what the opposition's platform is, it only matters that we chose lawmakers whose party allows a them the ability/courtesy of doing what they feel is best for their district without fear. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is that hope and the only lawmaker in this race offering a path forward and not more of the same chaos.

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  • Azrael
    03/18/2018
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    Anyone in this admin know or can confirm that trump made federal employees sign non disclosure agreements? If this is true we have major issues Federal Employees work for us, not donald trump I want an answer on this immediately

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  • Rose
    03/19/2018
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    Dear legislators,nothing is more important than common sense gun legislation. Why is it that you can act so quickly to protect dogs, but cannot do anything to protect school children?

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/19/2018
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    Two issues that are imperative are missing: protect Mueller and the investigation. The closer to being charged the more virulent becomes Trump. His is the most corrupt Administration and White House in our history. And, gun control is the other absolute necessity. Trump and rampant mass murders are the greatest dangers we have ever faced. Let Mueller do his work. Rein in gun violence. Please, before it’s too late.

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  • Judith
    03/19/2018
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    Why is there no action here about gun control ?

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  • Claude
    03/19/2018
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    Senator Rubio, stop approving Trumps unqualified nominees. Do your job and protect our constitution from Trump

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  • Lori
    03/19/2018
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    Pass common sense gun control. Think universal background checks, Red Flag law and bring back the assault weapons ban. Also ban bump stocks and high capacity magazines. Pass a clean Dream Act too. One last item: start impeachment against 45.

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  • Michael777
    03/19/2018
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    Are there going to be any votes on bills on gun reform this Congress session? Unbelievable how out of touch they (Republicans) are with the country!

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  • Warren
    03/18/2018
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    If they can't help the rich they will not do anything. They should be getting Trump out he has broken every law there is. Maybe stormy can help the republicans bring her and all Trump accusers to your rallies.

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  • SneakyPete
    03/18/2018
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    If you want to know how to run a country, look no further than President Trump. -Lowest unemployment rate -Jobs booming! -Greatest Tax Cuts! -Lowest corp tax -Least welfare recipients -Hillary still not President

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  • Sara
    03/19/2018
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    Mark: So you do realize that your speaking about Clinton, et al? The longer the Mueller "investigation" goes on, the more it appears to be a cover-up for the previous President and his minions while they attempted to show favor for Clinton and her team of thieves, liars, etc. Since the "investigation" is heading that direction, I expect that Mueller will suddenly announce that he found nothing and the "investigation" is over.

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  • BeStrong
    03/18/2018
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    Right to Try ... 4 days ago the house did not meet a fast track 2/3 majority vote with a count of 259/140. This time Let’s make this a law, for my Mom, who died painfully, and without hope...let’s do it for your Mom, and for the gift of hope. To have seen her feel alive for just one more day, instead of enduring the next debilitating level of descent, would have been worth everything. It’s a right to hope bill.

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  • SneakyPete
    03/18/2018
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    I’m also so very HAPPY 😊 that Hillary Clinton and her Democratic gang aren’t occupying the While House or Congress. Contrary to the oft mentioned comments and opinions seen on the site, there is a lot more supporters for President Trump than seen here. Ah YES.....If you want to know how to run a country, look no further than President Trump. -Lowest unemployment rate -Jobs booming! -Greatest Tax Cuts! -Lowest corp tax -Least welfare recipients. -AND Thank Goodness Hillary is still not our President along with her gang of Democrats. 3*18*18.

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  • Jann
    03/18/2018
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    Quit marching to Trump’s tune. He has always been the king of debt, don’t let him do that to the US without doing anything about ‘dreamers’ and NRA chokehold.

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