WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress (Oct. 2-6, 2017)

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The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on Saturday. Congress will act this week to reauthorize the program that provides health care for 9 million children.

This week: Congress will start work on the FY2018 Budget resolution, setting up the process for tax reform via reconciliation.


This Week Ahead in Congress

In the Senate

The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will mark up a bill (S. 1827) to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired September 30.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate Budget Committee will mark up the FY18 Budget resolution


In the House:

The House will vote Tuesday on a bill to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks:


  • H.R. 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-8] 
    Makes it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. The bill contains exceptions to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest. 

The House will also vote on a budget resolution for FY19, including language setting up the process for tax reform via reconciliation.

H.Con.Res. 71 – Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027
Sponsor: Rep. Diane Black [R, TN-6]

Also in the House:

H.R. 2316: Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017 
Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]

H.R. 1547: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act 
Sponsor: Rep. Martha McSally[R, AZ-2]

H.R. 2582: Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act
Sponsor: Rep. Mia Love [R, UT-4]

H.R. 965: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act 
Sponsor: Rep. Ann Kuster [D, NH-2]

H.R. 2937: Community Reclamation Partnerships Act 
Sponsor: Rep. Darin LaHood [R, IL-18]

H.R. 289: GO Act
Sponsor: Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R, CA-1]

S. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act 
Sponsor: Sen. Rob Portman [R, OH]

H.R. 2408: Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot [R, OH-1]

H.R. 1918: Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-27]

H.R. 1624: Municipal Finance Support Act of 2017, as amended 
Sponsor: Rep. Luke Messer [R, IN-6]


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