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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (Apr 3-7, 2017)

All eyes on the Senate this week for the vote on Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

The House will vote on a bill to add North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terror. North Korea is on the agenda for the first meeting between President Trump and  Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.


 

THIS WEEK'S HEARINGS


In the Senate: Votes on Gorsuch nomination

After 20 hours of hearings, the Senate will vote this week on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

1. Committee vote
The Judiciary Committee votes on Monday to advance the nomination to the Senate Floor.

2. Floor vote to end debate (60 votes required)
The Senate Floor vote, expected Friday, will start with the motion to end debate, requiring 60 votes to proceed. A large number of Democrats have indicated that they will not vote to proceed. If that number reaches forty-one senators who do not vote to proceed, the nomination will be "filibustered."

3. Possible vote to change Senate precedent (majority vote required)
At that point, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could allow the Senate to vote on changing the Senate precedent requiring sixty votes to proceed in the case of a Supreme Court nomination. Changing the precedent would only require a majority vote and has been referred to as the "nuclear option."

4. Possible re-vote to end debate with revised precedent (51 votes required)
If the precedent is changed, the Senate would vote again on a motion to end debate and proceed to the vote on the nomination.  

5. Final vote on the nomination (51 votes required)
If the Senate reaches agreement to end debate, the final vote on the nomination will require a simple majority to pass.

 


 

In the House: North Korea

The House will vote on a bill to add North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terror, subject to sanctions.

The "State Sponsors of Terrorism" is a designation the U.S. applies for countries that "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." Countries on the list are subject to strict U.S. sanctions. Currently, three countries are on the list: Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

North Korea was previously listed in 1988, following the 1987 bombing of a South Korean air flight. It was removed in 2008 by President George W. Bush, after meeting nuclear inspection requirements.

The North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act cites the recent assassination of Kim Jong-nam in calling on the US State Department to redesignate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

 

 

 


Also in the Senate: the Delta Queen


Senate Preparing to Revive the Delta Queen – Roll Call

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a bill to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from certain fire-retardant materials requirements. This change would allow the Mississippi River's "Delta Queen" to operate again.

 


 

Also in the House


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