Legislative descriptions are pending on bills sent to Committee today in the House, which we will summarize tomorrow morning in greater detail. However, a brief summary of today’s legislative activities and approved bills are currently available.
Aside from typical legislative procedures, the House conducted the following business:
- Approved H.Res 55 by a vote of 233-187 and sent it along to the Senate. The resolution was a procedural move to close H.R.7 (see below) to additional amendments and require consideration of the bill as it stands.
- H.R. 7 was brought to the floor for debate. This bill is to eliminate tax-payer funded abortions and withholds all Federal money from health insurance plans that cover abortion services, among other related items. A motion to recommit was presented by Representative At the conclusion of the Schakowsky (Democrat). A motion to recommit is a last attempt to return the bill to its Committee and insert an amendment. Schakowsky requested the Committee on Energy and Commerce report back with an amendment to prohibit the bill from permitting any health plan to charge women a higher premium than men. This motion Failed 187 (yea) to 235 (nay). H.R. 7 was then passed with a Roll Call vote of 238-183.
- LInda T.Sanchez resigned her position on the Committee on Ethics. H. Res 56 was introduced to replace her on the Committee.
- H.9. 589, a bill to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and developmental programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs and for other purposes Passed with a verbal vote. A summary of the bill is located here. The bill passed with a verbal 2/3 majority vote and was sent to the Senate.
- H.R. 600 was brought to the floor for debate. The bill pertains to promoting internet access in developing countries. A detailed summary of the bill is located here. The bill passed with 2/3 majority verbal vote and was sent to the Senate.
- H.R. 601 was brought to the floor for debate. This bill pertains to promoting basic education in developing countries. A detailed summary of the bill is located here. The bill passed with 2/3 majority verbal vote and was sent to the Senate.
The House of Representatives will reconvene on Friday, January 27 at 2:00 pm.