The Polis Pulse



Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
38%
62%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
70%
30%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
69%
Win in 2020
41%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
67%
Thomas
28%


Active Legislation
International Affairs - H.J.RES.37
Sponsors Dem: 93 Rep: 3
Introduced Jan. 30
Passed House Feb. 13

Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.


Summary
This joint resolution directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen within 30 days unless Congress authorizes a later withdrawal date, issues a declaration of war, or specifically authorizes the use of the Armed Forces. Prohibited activites include providing in-flight fueling for non-U.S. aircraft conducting missions as part of the conflict in Yemen. This joint resolution shall not affect any military operations directed at Al Qaeda. The President must submit to Congress, within 90 days, reports assessing the risks that would be posed (1) if the United States were to cease supporting operations with respect to the conflict in Yemen, and (2) if Saudi Arabia were to cease sharing Yemen-related intelligence with the United States.
Crime and Law Enforcement - S.311
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 49
Introduced Jan. 31

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.488
Sponsors Dem: 28 Rep: 16
Introduced Feb. 14

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and for other purposes.

S.RES.77
Sponsors Dem: 10 Rep: 31
Introduced Feb. 14

A resolution designating the week of February 16 through 23, 2019, as "National FFA Week," recognizing the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders, and celebrating 50 years of female membership in the National FFA Organization.

Congress - S.RES.75
Sponsors Dem: 15 Rep: 3
Introduced Feb. 14

A resolution honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., and expressing condolences to his family on his passing.

Education - S.461
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 6
Introduced Feb. 12

A bill to strengthen the capacity and competitiveness of historically Black colleges and universities through robust public-sector, private-sector, and community partnerships and engagement, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - S.464
Sponsors Dem: 12 Rep: 0
Introduced Feb. 12

A bill to require the treatment of a lapse in appropriations as a mitigating condition when assessing financial considerations for security clearances, and for other purposes.

International Affairs - S.CON.RES.1
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 2
Introduced Jan. 16

A concurrent resolution calling for credible, transparent, and safe elections in Nigeria, and for other purposes.

S.RES.76
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 14

A resolution designating March 1, 2019, as "National Speech and Debate Education Day".

H.R.1159
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 13

To encourage the research and use of innovative materials and associated techniques in the construction and preservation of the domestic transportation and water infrastructure system, and for other purposes.

S.483
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Feb. 13
Passed Senate Feb. 14

A bill to enact into law a bill by reference.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.995
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 06
Passed House Feb. 13

To amend chapter 3 of title 5, United States Code, to require the publication of settlement agreements, and for other purposes.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.RES.71
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 14

A resolution honoring the memory of the victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 1 year ago.

Enacted Legislation
Government Operations and Politics - S.24
Sponsors Dem: 40 Rep: 2
Introduced Jan. 03
Passed House Jan. 11
Passed Senate Jan. 10
Enacted Jan. 16

A bill to provide for the compensation of Federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations.


Summary
Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 This bill requires employees of the federal government or a District of Columbia public employer who are furloughed or required to work during a lapse in appropriations beginning on or after December 22, 2018, to be compensated for the period of the lapse. The employees must be compensated on the earliest date possible after the lapse ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates. Employees required to work during the lapse in appropriations may use leave.
Emergency Management - H.R.251
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 4
Introduced Jan. 04
Passed House Jan. 08
Passed Senate Jan. 16
Enacted Jan. 18

To extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.


Summary
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act This bill extends by 15 months the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program.
Health - H.R.259
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 04
Passed House Jan. 08
Passed Senate Jan. 17
Enacted Jan. 24

To extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment, and for other purposes.


Summary
Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 This bill alters several Medicaid programs and funding mechanisms. (Sec. 2) The bill makes appropriations for FY2019 for, and otherwise revises, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program. (Under this program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must award grants to state Medicaid programs to assist states in increasing the use of home and community care for long-term care and decreasing the use of institutional care.) (Sec. 3) Additionally, the bill temporarily extends the applicability of Medicaid eligibility criteria that protect against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community-based services. (Sec. 4) The bill reduces the federal medical assistance percentage (i.e., federal matching rate) for states that have not implemented asset-verification programs for determining Medicaid eligibility. (Sec. 5) The bill also reduces funding available to the Medicaid Improvement Fund beginning in FY2021.
Social Welfare - H.R.430
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 10
Passed House Jan. 14
Passed Senate Jan. 22
Enacted Jan. 24

To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through June 30, 2019.


Summary
TANF Extension Act of 2019 This bill extends appropriations through June 30, 2019, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program grants to states and related assistance grants to U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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