What's Congress Voting On? Week of April 3, 2017
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Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will lead the news in Congress this week, with the Judiciary Committee's vote on Monday expected to precede a Friday confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has insisted that Democratic support for the nominee will ultimately determine whether the so-called "nuclear option" — changing Senate rules to allow Supreme Court nominations to advance without surpassing a 60-vote threshold — would be deployed. So far, four Democratic senators have said they'd either back Gorsuch or oppose a filibuster of his nomination, which combined with the chamber's 52 Republicans leaves them four votes shy of a filibuster-proof majority.
Meanwhile in the House, lawmakers will vote Monday on relatively uncontroversial suspension bills, including two related to North Korea's sponsorship of terrorism and ballistic missile testing that will foreshadow a discussion point at this week's meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Bills related to weather forecasting technology, extending a program aimed at expanding veterans' access to private sector healthcare, and employee stock ownership will receive votes later in the week.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)
- H.R. 479: North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017 Passed 394-1.
- H.Res. 54: Reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina's economic reforms Passed by voice vote.
- H.Res. 92: Condemning North Korea's development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles Passed 398-3.
Tuesday after 12pm
- H.R. 1343: Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017 Passed 331-87.
- H.R. 353: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
Wednesday after 12pm
- H.R. 1304: Self-Insurance Protection Act Passed 400-16.
- H.R. 1667: Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act Passed by voice vote.
- S. 544: To amend Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 369: To eliminate the sunset of the Veterans Choice Program Vote postponed.
Thursday between 9am and 3pm
- H.R. 1219: Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017 Passed 417-3.
- No votes are expected.
- S. 89: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes. Passed 85-12.
- Judiciary Committee: Vote on nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Reported favorably to the Senate 11-9.
- Vote to begin debate on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court Passed 55-44.
- Debate on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Vote on cloture (ending debate) on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court Failed cloture.
- Vote to change precedent for the cloture threshold on nominations to the Supreme Court. Precedent changed.
- Re-vote on cloture (ending debate) on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court Cloture invoked.
- Vote to confirm the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court Confirmed 54-45.
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