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Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
41%
59%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
70%
30%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
73%
Win in 2020
41%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
72%
Thomas
24%


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.
Emergency Management - H.R.504
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 12
Introduced Jan. 11
Passed House Jan. 29

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security to develop an engagement strategy with fusion centers, and for other purposes.


Summary
DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and update at least once every five years a strategy for DHS engagement with fusion centers. The term "fusion center" means a collaborative effort of two or more government agencies that combines resources, expertise, or information to maximize the ability of such agencies to detect, prevent, investigate, apprehend, and respond to criminal or terrorist activity. The Office of Intelligence and Analysis of DHS shall provide personnel and support to fusion centers, publish performance metrics for DHS field personnel assigned to fusion centers, and develop and implement training for fusion center personnel. DHS intelligence and information components shall develop policies and metrics to ensure effective use of the unclassified Homeland Security Information Sharing Network and shall assess and implement enhancements to improve such network.
Public Lands and Natural Resources - S.47
Sponsors Dem: 7 Rep: 7
Introduced Jan. 08
Passed Senate Feb. 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.
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.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.RES.36
Sponsors Dem: 7 Rep: 5
Introduced Jan. 31

A resolution supporting the observation of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month during the period beginning on January 1, 2019, and ending on February 1, 2019, to raise awareness of, and opposition to, human trafficking and modern slavery.

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.

Congress - H.R.439
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 5
Introduced Jan. 10
Passed House Jan. 22
Passed Senate Feb. 05

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

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1079
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11

To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on electronic consent forms, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1063
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11

To amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1065
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11

To provide for a study on the use of social media in security clearance investigations.


Summary
Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2019 This bill directs the Office of Management and Budget to report on the examination of social media activity during security clearance investigations.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1064
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11

To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients.


Summary
This bill modifies whistle-blower protections for federal employees or applicants who disclose classified national security information, or other protected information, that evidences wrongdoing. Currently, it is unlawful to retaliate against a federal employee for disclosing classified or protected information of wrongdoing to one of the following recipients: (1) the Office of Inspector General of their agency, (2) the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or (3) a designated agency employee. This bill expands the list of recipients to whom a federal employee may make a protected disclosure to include a supervisor in the employee's direct chain of command.
S.483
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Feb. 13

A bill to enact into law a bill by reference.

Environmental Protection - H.R.335
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jan. 08

To require the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating, and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida, and for other purposes.

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.

Congress - S.RES.50
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 06

A resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

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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