Congress returns from recess: The Senate continues work on a bill to limit federal funds for “sanctuary cities,” while the House will vote on bills to extend a DC school vouchers, extend some data privacy rights to citizens of allies, and a Reconciliation bill to de-fund PPFA and repeal Obamacare.
This week, the Senate will continue considering a bill to restrict “sanctuary cities” from Senator David Vitter.
The House is set to consider reauthorization of the District of Columbia’s school voucher program, sponsored by outgoing Speaker, John Boehner.
It’s Columbus Day recess: House Republicans contemplate their future, Obama begins pitches TPP; the Senate prepares to vote on Sanctuary Cities bill & CISA — and bipartisanship is briefly spotted on Capitol Hill.
There actually IS one way that a bill can be brought for a vote even if it does not get reported out of committee and is not selected by Leadership: a discharge petition.
If at least half of the Members of the House (218) sign onto the petition to discharge a bill, it is brought to the Floor for a vote.
Congressional drama crescendos this week with a closed-door House GOP Leadership election. A discharge petition may force a vote on the Export-Import Bank and the debt ceiling fight is closer than expected — and while a government shutdown was avoided, several key programs were not renewed.
Each Congressional session brings a host of bills introduced around the topic of firearms, gun control, ammunition, background checks, body armor, and Second Amendment rights. In the 114th Congress, which began in January 2015, there are already over 80 bills pending.
October just got very interesting — with a post-Boehner Leadership scramble; government shutdown off the table; short-term CR, Debt Ceiling, Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization, Highway bill possibly *on* the table… And the Reconciliation process begins with aims to repeal Obamacare, defund PPFA.
House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would leave Congress on November 17.
Who should be the new Speaker of the House?
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