What's Congress Voting On? Week of February 6, 2017
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Congress will only be fully in session on Monday and Tuesday this week to allow House Democrats to attend their annual retreat, which will begin Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland.
On Monday the House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to require law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before searching a person's emails through their internet service provider. Tuesday will bring three resolutions to the House floor that seek to overturn regulations finalized by the Obama administration related to teacher preparation, state accountability plans for their education system, and land use plans developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in conjunction with state and local authorities.
The Senate will spend Monday exhausting the 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. A final vote on her confirmation could come late Monday evening or Tuesday. After that, the Senate could cast votes to begin debate on the nominations of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Steven Mnuchin, and Rep. Tom Price to their Cabinet posts. Other confirmation votes are possible later in the week.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)
- H.R. 387: Email Privacy Act Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 618: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 698: Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 688: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 689: Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act Passed 409-1.
- H.R. 337: Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act Passed 407-0.
- H.R. 494: Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act Passed by voice vote.
Tuesday after 12pm
- H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues Passed 240-181.
- H.J.Res. 57: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Passed 234-190.
- H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 Passed 234-186.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
- No votes are expected.
- Debate on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education
- Confirmation vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education Confirmed 51-50 with VP Mike Pence casting tiebreaking vote.
- Cloture vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General Cloture invoked 52-47-1.
- Committee vote on the nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Approved 15-0.
- Confirmation vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General Confirmed 52-47.
- Cloture vote on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services Cloture invoked 51-48.
- Possible confirmation vote on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- Confirmation vote the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services Confirmed 52-47.
- Cloture vote on the nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary Cloture invoked 53-46.
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