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This Week in Congress: A Balanced Budget Amendment & Revising the Volcker Rule

by Countable | 4.8.18

Congress returns this week from its two week spring recess for Easter and Passover with votes on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and several bills dealing with financial regulations on the agenda.

The House convenes Tuesday when it will consider five bills, including one to increase the prison term for people convicted of stalking minors. Wednesday will feature votes on bills to make the process of designating banks as systemically important more transparent and requiring banks to do one stress test per year instead of two. The House will vote Thursday on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, before concluding its week Friday after voting on a bill to simplify the process of banks’ compliance with the Volcker Rule.

The Senate convenes Monday when it will take a procedural vote to limit debate on the nomination of Claria Boom to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. It will likely vote on her confirmation by the end of the day Tuesday. The Senate’s schedule for the remainder 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

  • No votes are expected.

Tuesday after 12pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 4203: Combat Online Predators Act, as amended Passed 409-2.

  • H.R. 2219: End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018, as amended Passed 408-2.

  • H.R. 4921: STB Information Security Improvement Act Passed by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4925: FRA Safety Data Improvement Act mark>Passed by voice vote.

  • H.Res. 128: Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, as amended mark>Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 4293: Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017 Passed 245-174.

  • H.R. 4061: Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017 Passed 297-121.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.J.Res. 2: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States Failed 233-184 (2/3 majority required).

Friday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 4790: Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act Passed 300-104.

Senate

Monday after 5:30pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Claria Boom to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky Invoked 96-2.

Tuesday after 12:10pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Claria Boom to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky Confirmed 96-1.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board Invoked 50-47.

Wednesday after 12:20pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board Confirmed 50-48.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor Invoked 50-48.

Thursday after 9:30am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor Confirmed 50-48.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Invoked 53-45.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Confirmed 53-45.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of John Broomes to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas Invoked 74-24.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of John Broomes to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas Confirmed by voice vote.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Rebecca Jennings to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky Invoked 94-2.
  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Rebecca Jennings to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky Confirmed by voice vote.

Friday

  • No votes are scheduled.

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— Eric Revell

Countable

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