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What's Congress Voting On? Week of May 15, 2017

by Countable | 5.15.17

Congress will be back to its full complement this week, with the House returning from a weeklong recess to get back to its legislative business.

The House returns to a schedule that includes several law enforcement related bills. While no votes will be held Monday, on Tuesday bills related to the use of rapid DNA tests, and the sharing of cyber crime info by the Secret Service with state and local law enforcement will be up for a vote. On Wednesday, bills to strengthen sanctions on the supporters of Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad and expand protections for unpaid federal interns will be the highlights. During the rest of the week, bills to make the murder or attempted murder of a first responder an aggravating factor in federal death penalty cases and let probation officers make arrests if there's probable cause will be considered.

Much of the Senate's legislative schedule is yet to be announced, but it will consider the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation on Monday.

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 planned, pro forma session

Tuesday after 12pm (all suspensions)

  • H.R. 510: Rapid DNA Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017, as amended Passed 408-3.
  • H.R. 1892: Honoring Hometown Heroes Act Vote postponed.
  • H.R. 1428: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1892: Honoring Hometown Heroes Act Voted postponed.
  • H.R. 1677: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 653: Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2266: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 984: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 194: Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 195: Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2227: MGT Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2169: Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2281: Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act Passed 418-1.
  • H.R. 2154: To rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 672: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • H.Res. 145: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America, as amended Passed by voice vote.
  • S. 419: To require adequate reporting on the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program Passed by voice vote.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.R. 115: Thin Blue Line Act Passed 271-143.
  • H.R. 1892: Honoring Hometown Heroes Act Passed 411-1.

Friday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 Passed 225-177.

Senate

Monday after 3:00pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transporation Invoked 52-42.

Tuesday after 10am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation Confirmed 56-42.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General Invoked 51-47.

Thursday after 10am

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General Confirmed 52-46.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Invoked 86-12.

Friday

  • The Senate isn't in session.

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  • Dana
    05/15/2017
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    We need Congress to put country over party and do the right thing for our American democracy. Turning a blind eye to the actions of the President is cowardly and just as treasonous. Your lack of action will be remembered and will remain an asterisk to your legacy long after you've been voted out of office. Please stand up to the administration. The fabric of our country relies on it.

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  • JaredThePoet
    05/15/2017
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    I have no clue as to why we haven't halted all bills and decision-making. Why are we considering appointing picks, when we may end up impeaching the man in the Oval Office? Why are we allowing him to delegate who is to take the place of Comey? This whole thing smells like crooked, corrupt politics. Table the picks, halt the bills, and investigate this White House. This is ridiculous, an investigation should take first priority, do nothing else, approve or deny anything else, until you get all your facts and investigate the man behind the big desk in that big White House. Otherwise, I vote that all these picks and putting individuals in power in the cabinet, administration, and even the Supreme Court justice be null and void, you can't trust this president and I'm beginning to believe that you can't trust his appointees either. Get it done, stop dragging your feet.

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  • Susan
    05/15/2017
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    Please place your focus on exposing the truth about Trump's treasonous actions before, during, and after the election. Nothing is more important because removing him from office means restoring civility and hope and justice to our nation. He must be removed as swiftly as possible along with his vice president who should have no place in office given his horrible treatment of certain minorities. Along with them please completely drain out the brand-new stinky swamp that he installed. One of them is worthy to be our representatives or "servants" because they are not acting as such.

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  • Jodi
    05/15/2017
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    Please prioritize investigation of election interference, corruption, obstruction and collusion. Bother else is important until that is resolved. Our democracy is at stake.

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  • Beth
    05/15/2017
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    I agree Country before part. We need to halt any confirmation hearings, halt all business until Trump-Russia,collusion, coruption etc. Is dealt with by a independent investigation and Special Prosecutor of the Democrats choice. We don't need the Republicans making the choice because they are covering up. This takes priority over any business . Yes our Country and Democracy is at stake. We cannot let this go or be brushed under the rug. Impeach the President now.

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  • Greg
    05/15/2017
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    COUNTRY OVER PARTY!

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  • Betty
    05/15/2017
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    Congress needs to save American democracy. We are all living in fear of what trump is doing to our country! Please step up, show some patriotism and begin impeachment proceedings. Trump is a clear danger. He is mentally unfit to do the job and he is morally bankrupt! GOP members MUST show integrity on this. Congressman have children and grandchildren who are also being endangered. Your congressional power should be put to use on this.

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  • Wally
    05/15/2017
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    This republican congress is a disgrace to the country!!! No legislation should be passed!!!

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  • DrCindyBean
    05/15/2017
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    Two most important things for house and senate to do 1) impeach tRump/Pence/Sessions for obstruction of justice and 2) keep ACA and be sure it is funded and strengthened. Get busy Senate and House. Two very important items. In priority order listed here.

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  • Chester
    05/15/2017
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    I am at the point where I am almost as disgusting with all the senators and representatives as I am with Trump. Why is there no one in government doing anything to impeach Trump and Pence

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  • Stacy
    05/15/2017
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    What Congress should be voting on this week: Forcibly removing Donald J. Trump as POTUS. He is mentally unfit for office and is a danger to the United States!

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  • Dale
    05/15/2017
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    It is past time to see some Republicans turn away from campaign contributions and turn toward duty to the people and democracy. It is time to Impeach the so called president before he succeeds in destroying the environment, the rule of law and installs himself as president for life.

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  • SlightlySocializedRVA
    05/15/2017
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    Stop EVERYTHING until we have fully investigated what the hell is going on with White House collusion with Russia. Period. Stop monkey farting around here guys, this is bullshit.

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  • Lisa
    05/15/2017
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    Congress and the senate need to stop enabling the treasonist idiot we have as president and lock his Orange behind up. 💯

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  • HockeyGuy
    05/15/2017
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    "She can't be trusted", really???? Trump can't be trusted and proved it by disclosing classified information to the Russians last week! The Russian press was allowed in the Oval Office, but not the US Press Corps!!! Ironic isn't it???LOCK HIM UP is the cry that is more appropriate! We should be hearing more cries for impeachment of Trump! Impeachment is the only thing that will get me to vote for a Democrat again.

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  • Vanessa
    05/15/2017
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    First and foremost, we need an independent prosecutor to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia. Stop trying to cover up whatever he is hiding Congress!!! Enough is enough and us Americans are sick and tired (I know I am!) of the corruption in our government. Stop all legislative hearings, don't pass any bills until this investigation is complete! We demand a special prosecutor and if Congress stalls this process, we will remember this when midterm elections come around.

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  • JayinNC
    05/15/2017
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    I demand that while trump is out of the country we pass a congressional order to ban trump not be allowed to enter US air space or touch US soil. As he is a threat to the security of the United States

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  • Gail
    05/15/2017
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    Nothing, NOTHING is more important than INVESTIGATING Trump/RUSSIAN TIES. Please table all bills until we have a FULL INVESTGATION

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  • Helen
    05/15/2017
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    Why are federal interns unpaid? What kind of example does this set for other companies who view interns as free labor. There's no such thing as free labor.

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  • Sheila
    05/15/2017
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    If congress republicans can't get a backbone to stand up for our country instead of their own hides, they are traitors to the country. No nominees of trumps should be voted in as they all have been as corrupt as he is.

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