January 24, 2017 -Floor Summary for the Senate

On January 24, 2017, forty-one bills and eleven resolutions were introduced. A summary of these items will be forthcoming in a different post.

In addition to typical Senate proceedings, such as speeches, the following legislative activities were conducted:

MEASURES PRESENTED

These measures were not voted upon.

  1. S. Res. 20 was introduced by John Thune (Republican) to allow spending by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to carry out its functions through February 2019. The total authorized amount is $13,301,420.00.
  2. S. Res. 21 was introduced by Chuck Grassley (Republican) to allow spending by the Committee on the Judiciary to carry out its functions through February 2019. The total authorized amount is $18,724,758.00.
  3. S. Res 22 was introduced by Mike Crapo (Republican) to allow spending by the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to carry out its functions through February 2019. The total authorized amount is $10,694,238.00.
  4. S. Res. 23 was introduced by Johnny Isakson (Republican) to allow spending by the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs to carry out its functions through February 2019. The total authorized amount is $4,390,646.00.

MEASURES PASSED

  1. S. Res 26, designating the week of January 22 through 28, 2017 as “National School Choice Week.” This measure congratulates students, parents, and teachers from K-12 for their persistence, achievements, dedication, and contributions to society in the U.S. It encourages parents to learn more about the education options available to them, and encourages the people of the U.S. to hold programs, events, and other activities to raise public awareness of the benefits of opportunity in education. The resolution was cosponsored by nineteen Republicans and one Democrat.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Senator Sasse was appointed to read George Washington’s Farewell Address on February 27, 2017.
  2. Senator Boozman was appointed a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  3. The Senate leadership was authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, or conferences authorized by law.

NOMINATIONS

  1. The Senate confirmed Nikki Haley of South Carolina to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador. She was confirmed 96-4.

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! Continue reading