January 20, 2017

On Inauguration Day, the Senate and House of Representatives were both in session. We will post summaries in greater detail in the future and will hopefully catch up on the backlog from the beginning of the 115th Congress in January. We need to start somewhere, so here we are!

H. R.  = House of Representatives Bill
S. = Senate Bill
S. Res = Senate Resolution
S.J. Res. = Senate Joint Resolution
H. Res = House Resolution

SENATE

Roll Call Votes:

  1. Motion to proceed with confirmation of Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (Passed: 89:8)
  2. Confirmation of James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense (Confirmed: 98:1)
  3. Confirmation of John Kelly to be Secretary of Homeland Security (Confirmed: 88-11)

Bills:

  1. Senator Mike Lee (Republican) introduced S. Res. 15, a resolution to expressing the sense of the Senate that the Mexico City policy should be permanently established. There were six Republican cosponsors. The bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. The Mexico City Policy is a government policy that prohibits all foreign non-governmental organizations from performing or promoting abortions if they receive United States aid funding. The policy typically has exceptions for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions. The policy was first introduced in 1984 under President Reagan and is typically rescinded under Democratic Presidents and enacted under Republican Presidents. The policy has not been in effect since 2009.
  2. S. Res. 16a resolution to constitute the majority part’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress, or until their successors are chosen was passed. This was  procedural vote that passed the Senate unanimously, confirming Senate committee appointments for the 115th Congress. This resolution does not travel to the House of Representatives or the President and is complete.
  3. S. Res. 17, a resolution to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress, or until their successors are chosen was passed.  A procedural vote that passed the Senate unanimously, confirming Senate committee appointments for the 115th Congress. This resolution does not travel to the House of Representatives or the President and is complete.
  4. S. J. Res. 6a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women. The joint resolution was cosponsored by eight Democrats, read twice, and sent to the Committee on the Judiciary. No text available yet.
  5. S. 84a bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces. This exception is to allow General Mattis to be appointed to Sec. of Defense, as he has not been retired from active duty for over 7 years and is the nomination for Secretary of Defense. The bill was introduced by Senator John McCain (Republican) on January 10, 2017 with no cosponsors. The bill passed the Senate 81 – 17 without amendments on January 12, 2016. The bill passed the House of Representatives 268 – 151 on January 13, 2016. The bill was sent to the President on January 20, 2016.
  6. S. 133a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes. This bill was introduced on January 12th, read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence. On the 20th, additional views were filed and the bill was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. The Bill is on Calendar Number 4. No text provided.
  7. Senator Mike Lee (Republican) introduced S. 177 to provide for congressional review of the imposition of duties and other trade measures by the executive branch and for other purposes. The bill was not cosponsored, was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance. No text provided.
  8. Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican) introduced S. 178, a bill to prevent elder abuse and exploitation and improve the justice system’s response to victims in elder abuse and exploitation cases. The bill was cosponsored by five Democrats, two Republicans, was read twice and sent to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.No text provided.
  9. Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican) introduced S.179,  bill to expand the use of E-Verify to hold employers accountable and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by eight Republicans, read twice, and sent to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. No text provided.
  10. Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican) introduced S. 180 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reform and reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for aliens working temporarily in the United States and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by three Democratic senators, read twice, and sent to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. No text available as of yet.
  11. Senator Sherrod Brown (Democrat) introduced S.181,a bill to ensure that certain Federal public works and infrastructure projects use materials produced in the United States, and for other purposes. The bill was not cosponsored, was read twice, and sent to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. No text available as of yet.
  12. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) introduced S.182a bill to provide for the inclusion of court-appointed guardianship improvement and oversight activities under the Elder Justice Act of 2009. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and sent to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. No text available as of yet.
  13. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) introduced S.183a bill to allow for expedited approval of generic prescription drugs and temporary importation of prescription drugs in the case of noncompetitive drug markets and drug shortages.There was one Republican cosponsor and the bill was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. No text available as of yet.
  14. Senator Roger Wicker (Republican) introduced S. 184, a bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. The bill was read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. There were 36 Republican Cosponsors. No text available as of yet.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Roll Call Votes:

None

Bills:

  1. Representative Lamar Smith (Republican) introduced H.R. 589 to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs, and for other purposes.  The bill is intended to accelerate energy innovation, including basic energy sciences, advanced scientific computing research, high-energy physics, biomass and environmental research, fusion energy, and nuclear physics. It was cosponsored by 10 Republicans and 20 Democrats and sent to the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
  2. Representative Robert E. Latta (Republican) introduced H.R. 590 to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies. The text available for the bill indicates that within 1 year after enacting the bill, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shall present Congress with a plan for developing an efficient, risk-informed, technology neutral framework for advanced reactor licensing, or requests for regulatory approval for nuclear reactors. This bill is intended to encourage development of private-sector nuclear fusion technology for electricity generation and was cosponsored by three Democrats and two Republicans, and was referred to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
  3. Representative Dave Brat (Republican) introduced H.R. 591 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require deposits into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account to be subject to appropriations and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by 9 Republicans and sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary. No text available as of yet.
  4. Representative Brett Guthrie (Republican) introduced H.R. 592 to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services. The bill was cosponsored by 72 Republicans and 35 Democrats and was sent to the House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce Committees. No text available as of yet.
  5. Representative Michael E.Capuano (Democrat) introduced H.R. 593 to amend the Federal Election Campaign act of 1971 to prohibit the conversion of leadership PAC funds to personal use. The bill was cosponsored by one Democrat and one Republican and was sent to the House Committee on House Administration.No text available as of yet.
  6. Representative Michael E. Capuano (Democrat) introduced H.R. 594 to establish the Securities and Derivatives Commission in order to combine the functions of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission into a single independent regulatory commission. It was cosponsored by one other Democrat and was sent to the House Financial Services and House Agriculture Committees. No text available as of yet.
  7. Representative Michael E. Capuano (Democrat) introduced H.R. 595 to amend the Federal Reserve Act to reform the Federal Reserve System. The bill is not cosponsored and was referred to the House Financial Services, House Rules, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. No text available as of yet.
  8. Representative Rosa DeLauro (Republican) introduced H.R. 596 to require the President to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The bill was not cosponsored and was sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means. No text available as of yet.
  9. Representative Jeff Denham (Republican) introduced H.R. 597  to take land in Sonoma County, California into trust as part of the reservation of the Lytton Rancheria of California, and for other purposes. The bill wasn’t cosponsored and was sent to the House Committee on Natural Resources. No text available as of yet.
  10. Representative Stephen Lynch (Democrat) introduced H.R. 598 to require the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to commission a study of health impacts of airplane flights on residents in certain metropolitan areas. This bill is cosponsored by 18 Democrats. The bill was sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. No text available as of yet.

 

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