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What's Congress Voting On? Week of April 24, 2017

by Countable | 4.24.17

Congress returns from a two-week spring recess this week, and with a government shutdown to be averted along with the possibility of a vote on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, lawmakers won't have to wait long to take tough votes.

The federal government is set to run out of money on Friday April 28th, and Congress will need to get a bill to President Donald Trump's desk for a signature before midnight to avert a partial shutdown. It remains to be seen whether Congress will pass another stopgap bill that provides a few more months of funding or if a deal lasting through the end of fiscal year 2017 can be reached.

The House is off Monday, but will be in the Capitol on Tuesday to vote on a series of suspension bills. Wednesday and Thursday will bring votes on bills reforming the Register of Copyrights and applying open records laws to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Consideration of the government funding bill will likely come Thursday or Friday, the same timeframe in which a compromise healthcare bill — if a deal materializes — would likely be brought to the floor for a vote.

The Senate convenes Monday to vote on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. The rest of its schedule is to be determined, although the government funding bill will certainly be on the agenda.

Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Tuesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1372: Homeland Security for Children Act Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 876: Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017 Passed 409-0.
  • H.Res. 187: Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan Passed 411-2.
  • H.R. 534: U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 496: A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled "Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" Vote postponed.
  • H.Con.Res. 35: Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Con.Res. 36: Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 455: To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the "R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse" Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 Passed 378-48.
  • S. 496: A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled "Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" Vote postponed.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1694: Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017 Passed 425-0.
  • S. 496: A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled "Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" Passed 417-3.

Friday between 9am-3pm

  • H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes. Passed 382-30.

Senate

Monday after 6:30pm

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture Passed 87-11.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General Passed 92-6.

Tuesday after 10am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General Confirmed 94-6.

Wednesday after 11:30am

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Cloture invoked 61-39.

Thursday after 10:00am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Confirmed 60-38.

Friday

  • H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes. Passed by unanimous consent.

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— Eric Revell

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  • Sam
    04/24/2017
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    The deconstruction of Obama care for political purposes will be the downfall of the Republican Party. Please do not make that mistake. Work within the guides of ACA your affordable care act and improve on it to make it more affordable for everyone. Or go straight to a single-payer system. Otherwise be prepared for the numbers to drop dramatically in the Republican Party in 2018.

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  • Marjorie
    04/24/2017
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    Vote No on any budget that contains funding for a border wall or repeals the ACA. The border wall is an invasion of property rights, an environmental disaster, and unnecessary. It is a total waste of money when there a highways, bridges, and dams that need maintenance and upgrading. The ACA provides health insurance to millions, it's not perfect, but the replacement plans on the table are callous and cruel.

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  • Nan
    04/24/2017
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    Please make sure you stand up for the weak. Please don't let trump ruin the country. Don't let them repeal Obamacare. Please don't support the trumps budget cuts. Please support immigration. Don't give in to this border wall. Don't let him cut funds to the EPA or leave the Paris agreement. Don't let him cut funding for public broadcasting and the arts. Please get trump to disclose his taxes so the conflict of interests on seen. Please stop him from continuing to make money off the us. Start making him pay for his own security for his golf trips and families stays in NY. Find out what is going on with the Russian connection. Trump is an immoral man. Please stop him from destroying the word. Stop him from trying to start a war with North Korea by using his bulling tactics.

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  • Mary anne
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    Say no to trump care. Improve the ACA.

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  • Lauraetta
    04/24/2017
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    Why is it that we always have to start all over whenever new leadership comes aboard? Surely there had to be something good that the previous leadership did! Why can't the Republicans fix what is wrong with the ACA and stop calling it Obamacare or Trumpcare and just call it Affordable Care instead of naming it after a particular person. This will avoid confusion for those who are not as informed. Collaborate! Don't separate!

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  • Michelle
    04/24/2017
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    "The deconstruction of Obama care for political purposes will be the downfall of the Republican Party. Please do not make that mistake. Work within the guides of ACA your affordable care act and improve on it to make it more affordable for everyone. Or go straight to a single-payer system. Otherwise be prepared for the numbers to drop dramatically in the Republican Party in 2018. "

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  • Pat
    04/24/2017
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    Please do not repeal Obamacare. Trumps voters, and yours, have finally understood that Obamacare (a name created by Republicans as a slur) is the same as the Affordable Care Act which they like and support.

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  • Kay
    04/24/2017
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    Do NOT repeal ACA. The MAJORITY of Americans did not elect Trump and therefore do not support his policies. Please modify ACA where needed and do so for the good of the American people, not your personal agendas.

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  • SamKatz
    04/24/2017
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    PLEASE, do not vote for any budget that repeals the ACA, or includes "the wall". Both of those are deal breakers, against the best interests of Americans!!

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  • Susan
    04/24/2017
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    Please do all you can to fix ACA not repeal it

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  • Don
    04/24/2017
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    Vote No on any budget that contains funding for a border wall or repeals the ACA. The border wall is an invasion of property rights, an environmental disaster, and unnecessary. It is a total waste of money when there a highways, bridges, and dams that need maintenance and upgrading. The ACA provides health insurance to millions, it's not perfect, but the replacement plans on the table are callous and cruel.

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  • Judy
    04/24/2017
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    Contact your local representatives to let them know that we will not be bullied into giving money for a wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for (ha, fat chance!). He needs to show his tax returns, and we need to stand firm that this issue will not go away, despite his distractions to do so.

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  • Mary
    04/24/2017
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    "Please make sure you stand up for the weak. Please don't let trump ruin the country. Don't let them repeal Obamacare. Please don't support the trumps budget cuts. Please support immigration. Don't give in to this border wall. Don't let him cut funds to the EPA or leave the Paris agreement. Don't let him cut funding for public broadcasting and the arts. Please get trump to disclose his taxes so the conflict of interests on seen. Please stop him from continuing to make money off the us. Start making him pay for his own security for his golf trips and families stays in NY. Find out what is going on with the Russian connection. Trump is an immoral man."

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  • Nancy
    04/24/2017
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    The President is trying to pass a budget that demands a wall along the Mexican border and additional funds for security and the military. Military spending in this country already exceeds that of 12 countries combined. No cuts to affordable housing programs, food assistance, HIV/AIDS research, Pell Grants for low-income college students, and many other important domestic and international programs. If we cannot afford to educate our children, protect the environment and build bridges, what exactly are we defending with its military budget?

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  • Lydia
    04/24/2017
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    Vote NO on any bill that funds the border wall or repeals all or parts of the ACA.

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  • Elaine
    04/24/2017
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    I would urge Representative Davidson to oppose any act that authorizes spending on the wall between Mexico and The United States. The "wall" is a wasteful idea that only serves to distract from the real problems that this country faces

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  • Mary
    04/24/2017
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    Do not support any budget or stop gap measure which includes the repeal or replacement of the ACA or demands payment by US citizens in any manner for a Border Wall. Additionally, I expect you to give a thumbs down to the ridiculous cuts to environmental, scientific, educational and artistic institutions and programs. I would appreciate sanity in the area of military spending and not the proposed increase. Finally, I want you to know that rather than give in to the strong armed tactics of 45 I would support a shutdown of the government. SHOW US WE MATTER TO YOU!!!!

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  • Sharonda
    04/24/2017
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    No border wall. No repeal of Obamacare. Please do not allow Trump to strong arm you into harming Americans. We overwhelming oppose a border wall and millions rely on ACA. People first over partisan politics!

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  • Kate
    04/24/2017
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    Vote no on anything that dismantles any part of the aca. Vote no on any budget increases for military spending and vote no on the Mexico boarder wall.

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  • Richard
    04/24/2017
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    I have been waiting five months for the Social Security Administration to begin payment of benefits. The delay is due to the fact that the processing center is grossly understaffed. We can't afford to fulfill our promises to people who have spent their entire working lives paying taxes, but we are going to build a $20 billion monument to hatred? We are doing this in an effort to Make America Great?

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