Female Genital Mutilation
H.R. 3317 would increase the maximum prison sentence for female genital mutilation from 5 years to 15 years. As a result, new offenders could face longer prison sentences. Passed House.
HR 38 amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. Passed House.
S 1266 authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to contract with a nonprofit organization that accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States to investigate a VA medical center to assess and report deficiencies of the center’s facilities. Passed House.
Secret Service Pay
HR 3731 provides overtime pay for employees of the United States Secret Service protective services through 2018. Passed House.
H.R. 3971 would amend the Truth in Lending Act to exempt a lender from the requirement to hold escrow funds if that lender has consolidated assets of $25 billion or less and if it holds the mortgage on its balance sheet for three years from the date of origination. Vote Friday, Dec. 8th
Govt Stays Open Until 22nd
Impeachment Resolution Tabled
Tax Bill to Conference
HJR 123 amends the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018 by moving the date when government funding runs out from December 8th to December 22, 2017. The resolution also addresses some financial shortfalls in some states regarding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) because the program expired last week. Passed House.
H.Res. 646, a resolution to Impeach Donald J Trump for high misdemeanors was successfully tabled in a vote of 364 – 58, with 4 voting ‘Present‘. Three Articles focus on what supporters call his divisive behavior. “In his capacity as President of the United States, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies necessary for stability within the society of the United States, Donald John Trump has with his statements done more than insult individuals and groups of Americans, he has harmed the society of the United States, brought shame and dishonor to the office of President of the United States, sowing discord among the people of the United States by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism “. Tabled.
Tax Cuts –
HR I, the House Tax Cut and Jobs Act made its way through both bodies and is now in conference to iron out differences. The differences could be significant;
the Senate keeps the Alternative Minimum Tax designed to make corporations and the very wealthy pay a minimum tax despite loopholes. The House repeals the AMT.
The Senate keeps the deductions teachers can take for out-of-pocket expenses. The House repeals it.
The Senate would tax pass through earnings at 23% the House at 25%.
The Senate keeps the 7 tax brackets but juggles the amount when each kicks in. The House has narrowed the brackets to four.
The Senate doubles the estate tax amount. The House repeals the estate tax.
The Johnson amendment that prohibits nonprofits from supporting political candidates is repealed by the Senate and untouched by the House.
Full details on the bill here.
Read Maneuverings for our Take on this Week’s Activities.
HRES 259 Condemns the decisions by the Venezuelan Supreme Court on March 28, 2017, and March 29, 2017, stripping the opposition legislators of their parliamentary immunity, seizing power from the National Assembly, and nullifying all legislative actions. Passed House.
HR 2658 directs the Department of State to work through nongovernmental organizations to provide public health commodities, basic food commodities, and related technical assistance to Venezuela. Passed House.
HCR 90 condemns ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calls for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma. Passed House.
Aid to Palestine
H.R. 1164 aims to condition aid or assistance to the West Bank and Gaza based on steps taken by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli Citizens.
Funds appropriated or otherwise made available for assistance for the West Bank and Gaza may only be made available for such purpose if the Secretary of State certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that the Palestinian Authority is taking credible steps to end acts of violence against United States and Israeli citizens that are perpetrated by individuals under its jurisdictional control, such as the March 2016 attack that killed former United States Army officer Taylor Force, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Passed House.