Capitol Hill Update: December 16, 2019


The House and Senate are in session this week.


The House returns today. Legislative business begins at 2:00 pm. No votes are expected today, with the first vote series of the week expected Tuesday at 10:00 am. There are 18 bills coming to the floor under suspension of the rules between today and tomorrow. The suspensions are listed below. Additional legislation could be added to the calendar.

  • H.R. 4920 – Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act
  • H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act
  • H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act
  • H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019
  • H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT, as amended
  • H.R. 4719 – FISH SAFE Act, as amended
  • H.R. 3362 – Small Airport Mothers’ Room Act of 2019, as amended
  • H.R. 4998 – Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, as amended
  • H.R. 4779 – To extend Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006
  • H.R. 4229 – Broadband DATA Act
  • H.R. 4227 – MAPS Act
  • H.R. 2647 – SOFFA, as amended
  • H.R. 3172 – Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019, as amended
  • H.R. 150 – GREAT Act, as amended
  • S. 216 – Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act
  • H.R. 722 – Miracle Mountain Designation Act
  • S. 50 – Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act
  • H.R. 453 – Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

To say that some of this week’s bills are controversial would be an understatement. On the docket for this week outside of the announced suspension calendar are H.Res. 755 (Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors), H.R. 5430 (USCMA Implementation Act), and “Legislation Providing Further Appropriations for FY20.” Also possible to be considered is H.R. 5377 (Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act).

The full House committee schedule for the week is here.


The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM today to resume consideration of the 3,488-page conference report accompanying S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House last week by a vote of 377-48. Of the 48 no votes, 41 were Democrats. Presumably, the Senate will also vote on whatever “Legislation Providing Further Appropriations for FY20” that the House is set to consider, in order to fund the government before the current continuing resolution expires on Friday.

The full Senate committee schedule for the week is here.