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Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Dec 5-9, 2016)

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Is this the last week of the 114th Congress? Could be! The only must-pass legislation is a continuing budget resolution to fund the government (existing funding expires on December 9th.) The Senate will vote on the House-passed CURES Act and the annual defense authorization (NDAA). The House will vote on a Water Resources bill (WRDA), … Continued


What happens to bills after Congress adjourns? (Updated)

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Not all bills get reintroduced. Some bills that were sponsored by Members who are not returning are essentially orphans, waiting for someone to take them up and commit to introducing them. In some cases, sponsors who know they are not returning will hand over a bill to a colleague to champion and sponsor in future sessions.


POPVOX Gavel Down Closing out the Week in Congress Nov 28-Dec. 2, 2016

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016)

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This week was jam-packed… House passed annual defense policy bill, sending compromise legislation to Senate for approval. Leadership for 115th Congress continues to shape up, with lawmakers selecting caucus and committee positions. House passed massive medical cures legislation addressing medical research, device approval, mental health programs, and opioid epidemic. Trump administration announced nominees for eight … Continued


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Gavel Down/TN (Nov 29–Dec. 2, 2016)

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It was a busy week but our minds and hearts were in Gatlinburg.  This week Tennesseans came together to pray, donate, and volunteer to help neighbors impacted by the East Tennessee fires – and to be awed by the courage and tireless dedication of responders.    #ICYMI Tennessee   "Tennessine" joins the periodic table of elements (#117) … Continued


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Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Nov. 28–Dec. 2, 2016)

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Congress returns Tuesday from Thanksgiving break. The big news this week is a deal for a vote on a long-awaited medical innovation bill. The House may also vote on the defense authorization and a long list of suspension bills.   Here's what Congress is voting on this week: 21st Century Cures Act A deal announced last week cleared … Continued


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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Nov. 14-18, 2016)

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What a week to be back! Policy, elections, and new members… House passed bill to renew Iran sanctions for 10 years. New members headed to the Hill, taking part in policy briefings to icebreaker activities. Bicameral, bipartisan elections as lawmakers determined leadership positions for upcoming Congress. Trump administration began announcing leadership picks as well, putting … Continued


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Gavel Down/TN (Nov 14–Nov. 18, 2016)

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Here's what caught our eye in Tennessee this week: Leadership for the 2017 General Assembly House Speaker Beth Harwell was re-elected to her leadership position in a 40-30 vote by the Republican caucus. Rep. Glen Casada was elected House majority leader by a 42-29 vote. Senate Republicans voted unanimously to nominate Oak Ridge senator Randy McNally to be the … Continued


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Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Nov. 14-19, 2016)

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Congress returns this week for the post-election session. The Republican electoral sweep will likely keep this Lame Duck session short and focused on must-pass bills: government funding (expires December 9th) and defense authorization. Republicans and Democrats will vote on new leadership teams, newly-elected members will be in Washington for orientation, and the focus will shift … Continued


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Gavel Down/TN (Nov 7–Nov. 11, 2016)

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Election results in Tennessee Hey Tennessee, we almost know what the General Assembly will look like next year. Still waiting on provisional ballots in Knox County to know the final count in the House. It was a clean sweep for Republicans in the Senate. Check out full results. Check out photos from Veteran's Day celebrations through the years from The … Continued


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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Nov.7-Nov. 11, 2016)

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Big week across the country…  with voters deciding upon state measures, new lawmakers, and new executive. Congressional Republicans outlined upcoming agenda with President-Elect Donald Trump. Infrastructure measures stole the spotlight, winning in several states, as well as minimum wage and recreational marijuana initiatives. Congress returns next week, ready to reconcile differences on annual defense bill.  Civic Engagement  |  New … Continued