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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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Bills up for a vote in Congress this week With a long list of bills, Congress is working to finish up its business before heading into the "August recess" (which begins next week). Of note: the House takes up the Senate-passed GMO labeling bill; bills to impose restrictions on Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, human rights abuses, and … Continued


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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

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A week of tragedies throughout the country and lots of legislating on the Hill… Twelve police officers and two civilians were shot by snipers in Dallas, following police-involved killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. House passed long-awaited mental health bill. House approved conference report regarding opioid abuse and addiction legislation. Senate passed bill creating national, mandatory standard for labeling foods containing … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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Bills up for a vote in Congress this week Congress returns from July 4 to begin its annual sprint to August recess. The House will take up a counterterrorism bill that includes restrictions on gun purchases for terror suspects, as well as bills on mental health, Medicare payment policies for medical equipment, and fixes to new … Continued


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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

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Big week on the Hill, with bills becoming law… Senate passed legislation to help Puerto Rico restructure its $70B in debt — President Obama quickly signed bill into law before July 1st debt payment deadline. MilCon-VA spending bill, with included Zika funding package, failed in the Senate. President Obama signed FOIA reform bill into law, … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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Bills up for a vote in Congress this week House members have a district work period before the July 4 holiday. The Senate is in and will take up Mil Con/VA appropriations bill with Zika funding and a Puerto Rico debt restructuring bill. Military Construction / VA and Zika Funding The Senate will vote on the … Continued


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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

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This week on Capitol Hill was busy as busy can be… House Democrats held 25-hour sit-in on House floor, calling for votes on gun-related legislation, delaying financial services spending bill. Senate considered several gun measures, one survived procedural vote. House failed to override Presidential veto. President Obama signed major toxic chemicals reform bill into law, highlighting … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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The Senate votes on four gun-related measures as amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. The House will vote on limits to executive power, including changing the legal standard for agency decisions, overriding the Presidential veto of Congressional disapproval of the new "fiduciary rule," and rolling back several provisions of the ACA. In the Senate: The Senate is … Continued


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BILL MENTIONS: State Sponsored Terrorism

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The House Foreign Affairs committee approved H.R. 5028, H.R. 5332, and H.R. 5484. H.R. 5208 North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Deisgination Act of 2016 is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2] that would designate the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. North Korea was removed … Continued


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ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Gun Legislation

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This week the country grappled with the tragedy in Orlando, Fla. Fifty people died and 53 more were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in the city. The mass shooting was both the largest non-military massacre and deadliest attack on the LGBT community in U.S. history. The city of Orlando has released … Continued


BILL MENTIONS: #TheHillTechForum

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On June 16, The Hill hosted a talk titled “The Democratization of Technology: A Discussion on the Accessibility of Innovation.” The conversation centered on open data, the implications and opportunities for innovation by — and collaboration between — the public and private sectors. Watch the event here. Bill Mentions at #TheHillTechForum: Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2], founder … Continued