THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At… Votes Predicted At…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour

12:00 p.m. Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Last Votes: ???





Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Under a Rule (2 bills):

  1. H.R. 3877 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (Rep. Yarmuth – Budget)

This agreement prevents draconian sequestration cuts for FY2020 and FY2021, allowing an increase in FY 2020 of $22 billion for defense and of $27 billion for non-defense over FY2019 levels, with additional increases in FY2021 of $2.5 billion each.  These increases are partially offset by an extension of current policy with respect to customs user fees and sequestration cuts to mandatory spending.  The agreement suspends the debt ceiling for two years, through July 31, 2021.


Click here for the bill text.

Click here for one pager from the House Budget Committee.

Click here for section-by-section from the House Budget Committee.

Click here for a summary from the Speaker’s Office.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Budget.

  1. H.R. 549 – Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Soto – Judiciary)

This bill designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for an initial 18-month period beginning on the date of enactment.  Such designation would allow eligible nationals of Venezuela who are in the United States on the date of enactment to register for TPS benefits, including temporary immigration status and employment authorization.

The Rule provides for 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.

Suspensions (4 bills):

  1. H.R. 3352 – Department of State Authorization Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs)

This bill contains various provisions to strengthen the management and operations of the Department of State, including to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, bolster embassy and information security, and improve the Department’s capacity to carry out public diplomacy, anti-corruption activities, and security assistance. It also authorizes activities and positions in a number of key Department bureaus and offices, and authorizes funding for Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance account.

  1. H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, as amended (Rep. Underwood – Homeland Security)

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require CBP to establish standards and training for an initial medical screening process within 12 hours of apprehension. The bill requires that the screening must include specified basic elements and training must be made available to all appropriate personnel. In addition, the bill requires DHS to research innovative approaches to address gaps in medical screening provided by Border Patrol.

  1. H.R. 3670 – Short-Term Detention Standards Act, as amended (Rep. Slotkin – Homeland Security)

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection to establish standards to provide necessities to individuals apprehended to include access to bathroom and shower facilities, appropriate nutrition, hygiene, personal grooming items, and sanitation needs.

  1. H.R. 2336 – Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (Rep. Delgado – Judiciary)

This bill increases the current debt limit used to determine whether a family farmer is eligible for relief under chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code from $4,411,400 to $10,000,000.

Postponed Suspension Vote (1 vote):

  1. H.R. 693 – PAST Act, as amended (Rep. Schrader – Energy and Commerce)

This bill ends the abusive practice of horse soring. The soring of horses includes various actions taken on horses’ limbs to produce higher gaits that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness. Specifically, the bill strengthens soring regulation and enforcement at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, including by establishing a new system for inspecting horses for soring. In addition, the bill increases penalties for violations.


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Albert Einstein