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Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
35%
65%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
72%
28%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
79%
Win in 2020
42%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
66%
Thomas
28%


Active Legislation
Immigration - H.J.RES.46
Sponsors Dem: 232 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 22
Passed House Feb. 26
Passed Senate Mar. 14

Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.


Summary
This joint resolution terminates the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, declared by the President on February 15, 2019.
International Affairs - S.J.RES.7
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 30
Passed Senate Mar. 13

A joint resolution to direct 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.
International Affairs - H.R.854
Sponsors Dem: 14 Rep: 0
Introduced Jan. 29

To provide humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people, including Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the Americas and for other purposes.

Public Lands and Natural Resources - S.94
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 9
Introduced Jan. 10

A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States.

H.R.1737
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 13

To make housing more affordable, and for other purposes.

International Affairs - H.R.920
Sponsors Dem: 9 Rep: 2
Introduced Jan. 30

To restrict the transfer of defense articles, defense services, and crime control articles to any element of the security forces of Venezuela that is under the authority of a government of Venezuela that is not recognized as the legitimate government of Venezuela by the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

Crime and Law Enforcement - H.CON.RES.24
Sponsors Dem: 11 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 07
Passed House Mar. 14

Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress.

Animals - S.310
Sponsors Dem: 9 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 31

A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act.

H.R.1616
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 3
Introduced Mar. 07

To prioritize the efforts of and enhance coordination among United States agencies to encourage countries in Central and Eastern Europe to diversify their energy sources and supply routes, increase Europe's energy security, and help the United States reach its global energy security goals, and for other purposes.

H.R.1477
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 28

To require a threat assessment and strategy to counter Russian influence in Venezuela, an assessment of foreign acquisition of CITGO assets in the United States, and for other purposes.

Labor and Employment - S.RES.114
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 2
Introduced Mar. 14

A resolution expressing support for the designation of March 21, 2019, as "National Rosie the Riveter Day".

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.1617
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Mar. 07
Passed House Mar. 12

To direct the Director of National Intelligence to submit intelligence assessments of the intentions of the political leadership of the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.

Health - S.RES.113
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 14

A resolution designating March 25, 2019, as "National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day".

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.
Public Lands and Natural Resources - S.47
Sponsors Dem: 7 Rep: 7
Introduced Jan. 08
Passed House Feb. 26
Passed Senate Feb. 12
Enacted Mar. 12

A bill to provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes.


Summary
Natural Resources Management Act This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. Specifically, the bill addresses, among other matters land conveyances, exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals, and transfers; national parks, monuments, memorials, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic and heritage sites, and other conservation and recreation areas; wildlife conservation; helium extraction; small miner waivers of claim maintenance fees; wildland fire operations; the release of certain federal reversionary land interests; boundary adjustments; the Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline; fees for medical services in units of the National Park System; funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; recreational activities on federal or nonfederal lands; a national volcano early warning and monitoring system; federal reclamation projects; and search-and recovery-missions. In addition, the bill reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Program and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
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.
Congress - H.R.439
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 5
Introduced Jan. 10
Passed House Jan. 22
Passed Senate Feb. 05
Enacted Feb. 21

To amend the charter of the Future Farmers of America, and for other purposes.


Summary
National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act This bill revises the charter of the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America). Such revisions include (1) making it a purpose of the organization to be an integral component of agricultural education, and (2) removing the Secretary of Education as the chair of the National FFA Board of Directors.
Environmental Protection - S.483
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Feb. 13
Passed House Feb. 25
Passed Senate Feb. 14
Enacted Mar. 08

A bill to enact into law a bill by reference.


Summary
This bill enacts into law H.R. 1029, 115th Congress, as passed by the Senate (Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018).
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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