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Congress Awaits 2018 Budget Proposal; Senate to Vote on Branstad Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 pm today, May 22.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #55, the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to China, with the time until 5:30 pm equally divided. At 5:30 pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Branstad nomination.

Additionally, the Senate has reached an agreement that at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 23, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #58, the nomination of John Sullivan, to be Deputy Secretary of State.

Monday, May 22 at 5:30 pm – 1 roll call vote

  • Confirmation of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China

Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 am – 1 roll call vote

  • Motion to invoke cloture on John Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State

House Legislative Activity

Today, the House will meet at 12:00 pm for morning hour and 2:00 pm for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm.

The following legislation will be considered under suspension of the rules:

  1. H.R. 1862 – Global Child Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Judiciary Committee)

  2. H.R. 1842 – Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe / Judiciary Committee)

  3. H.R. 1188 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)

  4. H.R. 883 – Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Judiciary Committee)

  5. H.R. 695 – Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff / Judiciary Committee)

  6. H.R. 1625 – TARGET Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 am for morning hour and 12:00 pm for legislative business.

The following legislation will be considered under suspension of the rules:

  1. H.R. 1809 – Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Lewis / Education and the Workforce Committee)

  2. H.R. 1808 – Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Education and the Workforce Committee)

  3. H.R. 2052 – PRIVATE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Armed Services Committee)

  4. H.R. 467 – VA Scheduling Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  5. H.R. 1005 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  6. H.R. 1162 – No Hero Left Untreated Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  7. H.R. 1329 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  8. H.R. 2288 – Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  9. H.R. 1545 – VA Prescription Data Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  10. H.R. 1725 – Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz / Veterans Affairs Committee)

  11. H.R. 1370 – Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)

  12. H.R. 2473 – Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Judiciary Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 am for morning hour and 12:00 pm for legislative business.

H.R. 953 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

The following legislation will be considered under suspension of the rules:

  1. H.R. 624 – Social Security Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Valadao / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

  2. H.R. 1293 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 am for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 pm.

H.R. 1973 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 1761 – Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson / Judiciary Committee)

On Friday, the House will meet at 10:00 am in pro forma session.  No votes are expected in the House.

Sources:  www.democrats.senate.govhttp://www.majorityleader.gov/

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