Congressional Record Summary

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • On Thursday, the Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 109, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. 
    • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 7), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, the Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • The Senate passed the following three measures:
    •  H.R. 259, to extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment. 
    • S. Res. 10, honoring the life of Richard Arvin Overton, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
    •  S. Res. 21, to constitute the minority party's membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen. 
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following three measures:
    • S. 175, a bill to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for aliens in the United States, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 177, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Small Business Act to expand the availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations, and for other purposes.
    • S. 184, a bill to authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • The following measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. 175, a bill to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for aliens in the United States, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy and Sen. Sanders are cosponsors of this measure.
    • S.182, a bill to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.
  • The following nominations were received in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • Donald W. Washington, of Texas, to be Director of the United States Marshals Service.
    • Greg Girard Guidry, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
    • James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
    • Sean D. Jordan, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
    • Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
    • Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
    • Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota.
  • Sen. Sanders introduced the following measure:
    • S. 173, a bill to repeal section 3003 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following four measures:
    • S. 162, a bill to provide back pay to low-wage contractor employees, and for other purposes.
    • S. 175, a bill to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for aliens in the United States, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 184, a bill to authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 191, a bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to include in periodic health assessments, separation history and physical examinations, and other assessments an evaluation of whether a member of the Armed Forces has been exposed to open burn pits or toxic airborne chemicals, and for other purposes.
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following nine measures:
    • H.R. 641, a bill to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for aliens in the United States and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 643, a bill to prohibit the provision of United States security assistance to the Government of Saudi Arabia, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 645, a bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 650, a bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to permit an individual who is subject to a requirement to present identification as a condition of voting in an election for Federal office to meet such requirement by presenting a sworn written statement attesting to the individual's identification, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 656, a bill to require the Attorney General to make grants to nonprofit organizations to offer legal assistance to certain aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, DACA recipients, and refugees, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 658, a bill to facilitate efficient investments and financing of infrastructure projects and new job creation through the establishment of a National Infrastructure Development Bank, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 663, a bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to include in periodic health assessments, separation history and physical examinations, and other assessments an evaluation of whether a member of the Armed Forces has been exposed to open burn pits or toxic airborne chemicals, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 669, a bill to prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress.
    • H.R. 674, a bill to authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • On Wednesday, the Senate continued consideration of S. J. Res. 2, disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.
    • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 6), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, the Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the joint resolution.
      • Subsequently, the joint resolution was returned to the Calendar.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 109, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
  • The Senate passed the following two measures:
    • S. Res. 19, expressing the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to Federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States.
    • H.R. 251, to extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
  • Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development concluded a hearing to examine the future of nuclear power, focusing on advanced reactors, after receiving testimony from Edward McGinnis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy, and Thomas Zacharia, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both of the Department of Energy; and Christina Back, General Atomics, San Diego, California.
  • The Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of William Pelham Barr, of Virginia, to be Attorney General, Department of Justice, after receiving testimony from former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, and Marc H. Morial, National Urban League, both of New York, New York; Derrick Johnson, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Baltimore, Maryland; former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, Finch McCrannie LLP, and Neil J. Kinkopf, Georgia State University College of Law, both of Atlanta, Georgia; Mary Kate Cary, University of Virginia Miller Center, Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law School, and Chuck Canterbury, Fraternal Order of Police, all of Washington, D.C; and Reverend Sharon Risher, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on government funding.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on the impact of the government shutdown on Vermonters.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following measure:
    • S. 150, a bill to provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Sanders is the sponsor of this measure.
  • The following measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S.159, a bill to implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.
    • S.160, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.
    • S.166, a bill to provide provisional protected presence status for certain aliens and to provide mandatory appropriations relating to border security.
    • S.171, a bill to authorize the Office on Violence Against Women to improve the handling of crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by incorporating a trauma-informed approach into the initial response to and investigation of such crimes.
  • The following four nominations were received in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • Aditya Bamzai, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the remainder of the term expiring January 29, 2020.
    • Shannon Lee Goessling, of Florida, to be Director of the Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice.
    • Travis LeBlanc, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2022.
    • Virgil Madden, of Indiana, to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission for a term of six years.
  • Sen. Sanders introduced the following measure:
    • S. 150, a bill to provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following three measures:
    • H.R. 550, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II.
    • H.R. 582, a bill to provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 590, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that an alien may not be denied admission or entry to the United States, or other immigration benefits, because of the aliens religion, and for other purposes.