Capital Hill Review
115th Congress 2nd Session (2018)
Monday, January 29, 2018
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311)
The Senate failed to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311; Text of Legislation) on a 51-46 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 25) on Monday, January 29, 2018. The bill would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization on the belief that the fetus can feel pain by then. To overcome a Democratic-led filibuster against the measure 60 votes were needed.
House of Representatives
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R.695)
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R.695; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, on a 250-166 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 49 ) passed. The measure is a $659.2 billion military appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 that would provide $75.1 billion for fighting wars overseas; fund a 3,500-troop buildup in Afghanistan; support a 2.4 percent pay raise for those in uniform; fund programs for military victims of sexual assault and provide more than $50 billion for active-duty, family and retiree health care.
Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 695) to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and for other purposes (H.Res.714)
A Democrat bid for floor debate on a bill (H.R.3440; Dream Act of 2017) that would grant permanent legal status to the so-called “dreamers” who were brought illegally to the United States as children and face potential deportation starting March 5, 2018, under a Trump administration directive was blocked by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, on a 232-187 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 47).
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