Capital Hill Review

 115th Congress - 1st Session (2017) 

Senate

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 

Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (H.J.Res.123)

 

The Senate passed the Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (H.J.Res.123; Text of Legislation) on an 81-14 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 311)  on Thursday, December 7, 2017.  The continuing resolution funded the government from December 9 through December 22. Also, it funded the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the nation’s 2,800 community health centers to avert closures and service cutbacks; both programs lost their regular budget authority on October 1.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 

Kirstjen Nielsen — Department of Homeland Security (PN1095)

 

The nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen (PN1095; Text of Legislation) deputy White House chief of staff to head the Department of Homeland Security was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, on a 62-37 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 305 

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week   

 

House of Representatives 

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 

Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (H.J.Res.123)

 

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (H.J.Res.123; Text of Legislation) on a 235-193 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 670  ).  The continuing resolution funded the government for two weeks starting December 9, giving lawmakers more time to negotiate issues such as renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), hurricane and wildfire disaster aid, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for “dreamers” and the lifting of domestic as well as military spending caps on fiscal 2018 appropriations.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Wednesday December 6, 2017

 

Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors (H.Res.646)

 

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, The Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors (H.Res.646; Text of Legislation) was tabled (killed) by the House of Representatives on a 364-58 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 658).  The resolution called for the impeachment of President Trump based on “high misdemeanors” primarily involving the president’s inflammatory and defamatory public statements and Twitter postings.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R.38)

 

The House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R.38; Text of Legislation) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, on a 231-198 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 663 ).   The measure makes it easier for travelers to carry concealed, loaded handguns from state to state.  The various state laws on concealed handguns would be federalized by the measure.  This is done by requiring every state to recognize every other state’s concealed-carry permit or authority. Also, the measure would tighten reporting requirements for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.   And in part, this would allow residents of the 12 states that do not require permits to legally carry concealed handguns in the many states that deny permits to domestic-abusers, stalkers and convicted felons.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R.38)

 

An amendment to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R.38; Text of Legislation) was rejected by the House of Representatives on a 190-236 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 662).  The amendment excludes protections for concealed-carry permit holders who have been convicted of a violent crime within the preceding three years.  These individuals would be prevented from carrying a concealed, loaded handgun in any state other than their own whose laws would deny a permit based on a conviction for the same crime under the amendment.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

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