Congressional Record Summary

Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • On Thursday, the Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 311, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. 
  • The Senate began consideration of the following four nominees:
    • Eric D. Miller, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
    • Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • The Senate passed the following eight measures:
    • S. Res. 71, honoring the memory of the victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 1 year ago. 
    • S. 488, to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights. 
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. Con. Res. 4, providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.J. Res. 31
    • S. Res. 75, honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., and expressing condolences to his family on his passing. 
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. Res. 76, designating March 1, 2019, as ``National Speech and Debate Education Day''. 
    • S. Res. 77, designating the week of February 16 through 23, 2019, as ``National FFA Week,'' recognizing the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders, and celebrating 50 years of female membership in the National FFA Organization. 
    • S. Con. Res. 1, calling for credible, transparent, and safe elections in Nigeria, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto: 
    • S. 483, to enact into law a bill by reference. 
  • By 83 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 26), the Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.J. Res. 31, making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019. 
    • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 84 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 25), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, the Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the joint resolution.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on border security.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on the government funding compromise.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following five measures:
    • S. 485, a bill to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and other laws to clarify appropriate standards for Federal employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and for other purposes.
    • S. 489, a bill to establish a State public option through Medicaid to provide Americans with the choice of a high-quality, low-cost health insurance plan.
    • S. 515, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that all provisions shall apply to legally married same-sex couples in the same manner as other married couples, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 518, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.
    • S. Res. 75, a resolution honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., and expressing condolences to his family on his passing.
  • The following five measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. 495, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to reauthorize and expand the National Threat Assessment Center of the Department of Homeland Security.
    • S. 504, a bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to authorize The American Legion to determine the requirements for membership in The American Legion, and for other purposes.
    • S. 505, a bill to ensure due process protections of individuals in the United States against unlawful detention based solely on a protected characteristic.
    • S. 506 , a bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 513, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to civil forfeitures relating to certain seized animals, and for other purposes.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following six measures:
    • S. 488, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and for other purposes
    • S. 500, a bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, and for other purposes
    • S. 506, a bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose
    • S. 507, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clarify that a State may not use an individual's failure to vote as the basis for initiating the procedures provided under such Act for the removal of the individual from the official list of registered voters in the State on the grounds that the individual has changed residence, and for other purposes.
    • S. 515, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that all provisions shall apply to legally married same-sex couples in the same manner as other married couples, and for other purposes
    • S. 534, a bill to prohibit certain funds from being transferred or reprogrammed to plan, develop, or construct a new physical barrier along the southwest border, and for other purposes
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following five measures:
    • H.R. 94, the Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act of 2019
    • H.R. 1225, a bill to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1244, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that all provisions shall apply to legally married same-sex couples in the same manner as other married couples, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1274, a bill to repeal Public Law 107-40.
    • H.R. 1277, a bill to establish a State public option through Medicaid to provide Americans with the choice of a high-quality, low-cost health insurance plan.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • On Wednesday, the Senate continued consideration of the nomination of William Pelham Barr, of Virginia, to be Attorney General, Department of Justice.
  • The Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Michael H. Park, of New York, and Joseph F. Bianco, of New York, both to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Greg Girard Guidry, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, who was introduced by Senator Cassidy, Michael T. Liburdi, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, who was introduced by Senators McSally and Sinema, and Peter D. Welte, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota, who was introduced by Senator Hoeven, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
  • The Committee on Rules and Administration ordered favorably reported the following business items:
    • S. Res. 50, improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate;
    • An original resolution authorizing expenditures by committees for the 116th Congress; and
    • Committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 116th Congress.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on the nomination of William Barr.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following three measures:
    • S. 178, a bill to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.
    • S. 470, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States age 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare.
    • S. 477, a bill to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a Climate Change Education Program, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • The following five measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. 471, a bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to increase transparency and oversight of third-party litigation funding in certain actions, and for other purposes.
    • S. 479, a bill to revise section 48 of title 18, United States Code, and for other purposes.
    • S. 484, a bill to require additional disclosures relating to donations to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and for other purposes.
    • S.Res. 68, a resolution designating April 5, 2019, as "Gold Star Wives Day".
    • S.Res. 69, a resolution designating March 29, 2019, as "Vietnam Veterans Day".
  • Sen. Sanders introduced the following measure:
    • S. 478, a bill to enhance Social Security benefits and ensure the long-term solvency of the Social Security program.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following two measures:
    • S. 467, a bill to amend section 520E of the Public Health Service Act to require States and their designees receiving grants for development and implementation of statewide suicide early intervention and prevention strategies to collaborate with each Federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization, urban Indian organization, and Native Hawaiian health care system in the State.
    • S. 477, a bill to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a Climate Change Education Program, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • Rep. Welch gave a floor statement on Saudi Arabia.
  • Rep. Welch introduced the following measure:
    • H.R. 1216, a bill to revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes.
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following fifteen measures:
    • H.R. 478, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019.
    • H.R. 613, the TRICARE Reserve Select Improvement Act.
    • H.R. 712, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019.
    • H.R. 987, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities.
    • H.R. 1010, to provide that the rule entitled "Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance" shall have no force or effect.
    • H.R. 1155, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research causing significant pain or distress to dogs.
    • H.R. 1171, a bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure that revenues collected from passengers as aviation security fees are used to help finance the costs of aviation security screening by repealing a requirement that a portion of such fees be credited as offsetting receipts and deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.
    • H.R. 1184, a bill to establish an Every Kid Outdoors program, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1185, a bill to provide paid family and medical leave benefits to certain individuals, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1193, a bill to prohibit funds available for the United States Armed Forces to be obligated or expended for introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1195, a bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to include certain Federal positions within the definition of law enforcement officer for retirement purposes, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1196, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an increased work opportunity credit with respect to recent veterans, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1201, a bill to direct Federal departments and agencies to perform certain functions to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans, and for other purposes.
    • H. Res. 23, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
    • H.J. Res. 33, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures with respect to Federal elections.