Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act to provide for the compensation of federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations.
The House also passed the Medicaid Extenders Act to extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration and extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment; the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act, to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico; and the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Act, to establish an interagency program to assist countries in North Africa and West Africa to improve immediate and long-term capabilities to counter terrorist threats.
Modernization of Congress: The House agreed to a title of a bill to create a House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, to be charged with recommending ways to modernize Congress’s operations. The vote, on Jan. 4, was 418-12.
Yeas: U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-Greensboro, 6th District; U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, R-Advance, 13th District
Emergency preparedness: The House passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act to reauthorize various public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response programs. The vote, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, was 401-17.
Hazards at chemical plants: The House passed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act. The bill would extend until early 2021 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ’s chemical facility anti-terrorism standards program, which is a joint effort by Homeland Security and high-risk chemical plants to adopt security measures at the plants. The vote, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, was 414-3.
Government contractors: The House passed the Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act to change the categories included in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s annual reports on small business contracting goals. The vote, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, was 414-11.
“Obamacare” litigation: The House agreed to a title of a bill. The title would authorize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to intervene, on behalf of the House, in an effort to uphold the federal Affordable Care Act in the case of Texas v. United States, which concerns the constitutionality of the ACA. The vote, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, was 235-192.
Selected government appropriations: The House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. The bill would provide fiscal 2019 funding for the Treasury Department, judiciary branch, executive office of the president and several independent government agencies, including the postal service. The vote, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, was 240-188.
Transportation funding: The House passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to provide fiscal 2019 funding for the U.S. Transportation Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and various related transportation and urban agencies. The vote, on Thursday, Jan. 10, was 244-180.
Funding agriculture: The House passed the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to provide fiscal 2019 funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vote, on Thursday, Jan. 10, was 243-183.
Debating Middle East security: The Senate rejected a cloture motion to end debate on a motion to consider the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act. The bill would extend a military partnership agreement with Jordan, impose sanctions on Syria’s government, and take measures to protect U.S. government bodies that oppose the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel from lawsuits stemming from that opposition. The vote to end debate, on Thursday, Jan. 10, was 53-43, with a three-fifths majority required for approval.
Yeas: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, both R-N.C.
— Targeted News Service