As the Congress returned from the August Recess, both Houses tackled Hurricane Relief, and brief continuing resolutions for the Debt Ceiling and the budget. In the coming week, the Senate takes up the Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization while the House tackles the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriation bill.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (80-17, 3 Not Voting)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with a Senate amendment that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The amendment would suspend the public debt limit from the bill’s date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8.
Sen. Thomas Carper voted YES
Sen. Chris Coons voted YES
|Recent House Votes|
|Emergency Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Appropriations – Vote Passed (419-3, 11 Not Voting)
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution that would provide for the House to concur in the Senate amendments to a bill (HR 601) that would codify practices and programs at the United States Agency for International Development related to U.S. education assistance abroad, with further amendment that would appropriate $7.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 as an initial payment to cover the costs of responding to Hurricane Harvey. The total would include $7.4 billion for the Homeland Security Department’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support ongoing hurricane response efforts. It would also include $450 million for the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted YES
Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (316-90, 27 Not Voting)
|Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – HR2810
The Senate is expected to limit debate on the fiscal 2018 defense authorization measure and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is expected to offer a substitute amendment (S 1519). The bill would authorize more than $680 billion for the Pentagon and related agencies as well as the Overseas Contingency Operations account. .
Complete Consideration of Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations – HR3354
Deport Criminal Gang Members – HR3697