The Polis Pulse



Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
30%
70%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
65%
35%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
86%
Win in 2020
47%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
69%
Thomas
22%


Active Legislation
Taxation - H.R.748
Sponsors Dem: 201 Rep: 168
Introduced Jan. 24
Passed House Jul. 17

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.


Summary
Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 This bill repeals the excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans). The repeal applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019.
Law - H.R.1327
Sponsors Dem: 236 Rep: 96
Introduced Feb. 25
Passed House Jul. 12

To extend authorization for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 through fiscal year 2090, and for other purposes.


Summary
Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (Sec. 2) This bill funds through FY2092 the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. Additionally, the bill modifies the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF): to allow claims to be filed until October 2090, to require VCF policies and procedures to be reassessed at least once every five years (currently, at least once annually), to require claimants to be paid for the amount by which a claim was reduced on the basis of insufficient funding, to remove the cap on noneconomic damages in certain circumstances, and to periodically adjust the annual limit on economic loss compensation for inflation. (Sec. 3) It provides statutory authority for the Attorney General to appoint a special master and up to two deputy special masters to administer the VCF. (Sec. 4) The bill exempts the budgetary effects of this bill from the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rules established by the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and the FY2018 congressional budget resolution.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1250
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 22
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Jul. 17

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the "Lucas Lowe Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the "Lucas Lowe Post Office."
Congress - H.R.736
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 9
Introduced Jan. 23
Passed House Jul. 17

To require the Director of the Government Publishing Office to establish and maintain an online portal accessible to the public that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of all congressionally mandated reports in one place, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1844
Sponsors Dem: 12 Rep: 5
Introduced Mar. 21
Passed House Jul. 17

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 66 Grove Court in Elgin, Illinois, as the "Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 66 Grove Court in Elgin, Illinois, as the "Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3305
Sponsors Dem: 6 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 17

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the "Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the "Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1526
Sponsors Dem: 6 Rep: 3
Introduced Mar. 05
Passed House Jul. 17

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington, as the "Eva G. Hewitt Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington, as the "Eva G. Hewitt Post Office."
International Affairs - S.J.RES.36
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 05
Passed Senate Jun. 20

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic of certain defense articles and services.


Summary
This joint resolution prohibits the proposed sale of various defense articles and related support services to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy, as described in Executive Communication 1427 published in the Congressional Record on June 3, 2019.
International Affairs - S.J.RES.38
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 05
Passed Senate Jun. 20

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of certain defense articles and services.


Summary
This joint resolution prohibits the proposed sale of various defense articles and related support services to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, as described in Executive Communication 1422 and published in the Congressional Record on June 3, 2019.
International Affairs - S.J.RES.37
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 05
Passed Senate Jun. 20

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain defense articles and services.


Summary
This joint resolution prohibits the proposed sale of various defense articles and related support services to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and France, as described in Executive Communication 1425 and published in the Congressional Record on June 3, 2019.
Government Operations and Politics - S.375
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed Senate Jul. 16

A bill to improve efforts to identify and reduce Governmentwide improper payments, and for other purposes.

Transportation and Public Works - S.1833
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 13
Passed Senate Jul. 17

A bill to transfer a bridge over the Wabash River to the New Harmony River Bridge Authority and the New Harmony and Wabash River Bridge Authority, and for other purposes.

Water Resources Development - S.886
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 27

A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund permanent.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.1321
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 06
Passed Senate Jul. 17

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit interference with voting systems under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1847
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Mar. 21
Passed House Jul. 17

To require congressional notification for certain changes in status of inspectors general, and for other purposes.

Enacted Legislation
Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.299
Sponsors Dem: 203 Rep: 130
Introduced Jan. 08
Passed House May. 14
Passed Senate Jun. 12
Enacted Jun. 25

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Education - H.R.276
Sponsors Dem: 43 Rep: 14
Introduced Jan. 08
Passed House Feb. 25
Passed Senate Mar. 28
Enacted Apr. 12

To direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program recognizing excellence exhibited by classified school employees providing services to students in prekindergarten through high school.

Water Resources Development - H.R.2030
Sponsors Dem: 23 Rep: 13
Introduced Apr. 02
Passed House Apr. 08
Enacted Apr. 16

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to execute and carry out agreements concerning Colorado River Drought Contingency Management and Operations, and for other purposes.


Summary
Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act This bill requires the Department of the Interior to carry out the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan which was submitted to Congress on March 19, 2019, by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Interior must execute the plan without delay and operate applicable Colorado River System reservoirs accordingly.
Taxation - H.R.3151
Sponsors Dem: 20 Rep: 8
Introduced Jun. 06
Passed House Jun. 10
Passed Senate Jun. 13
Enacted Jul. 01

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.


Summary
Taxpayer First Act This bill revises requirements for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its organizational structure, customer service, enforcement procedures, cybersecurity and identity protection, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems. The bill includes provisions that establish the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to resolve federal tax controversies without litigation; require the IRS to develop comprehensive customer service and IRS personnel training strategies; exempt certain low-income taxpayers from payments required to submit an offer-in-compromise; modify certain tax enforcement procedures and requirements; establish requirements for responding to Taxpayer Advocate Directives; establish a Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program; require the IRS to give public notice of the closure of taxpayer assistance centers; modify procedures for whistle-blowers; establish requirements for cybersecurity and identity protection; provide notification to taxpayers of suspected identity theft; require the appointment of a Chief Information Officer who shall develop and implement a multiyear strategic plan for IRS information technology needs; modify requirements for managing IRS information technology; expand electronic filing of tax returns; prohibit the rehiring of certain IRS employees who were removed for misconduct; require mandatory e-filing by tax-exempt organizations and notice before revocation of tax-exempt status for failure to file; and increase penalties for failure to file tax returns. The bill also requires the IRS to implement an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings, a fully automated program for disclosing taxpayer information for third-party income verification using the Internet, and uniform standards and procedures for accepting electronic signatures.
Crime and Law Enforcement - H.R.2379
Sponsors Dem: 17 Rep: 9
Introduced Apr. 29
Passed House May. 14
Passed Senate May. 16
Enacted May. 23

To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.

Public Lands and Natural Resources - H.R.1222
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 17
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Apr. 29
Enacted May. 10

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


Summary
Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act This bill allows a state to use federal funds to cover a higher percentage of the costs for the construction and expansion of public target ranges. Specifically, a state may use specified federal grant funds to pay up to 90% of such costs (rather than 75%, as under current law). Additionally, amounts provided for these purposes shall remain available for five fiscal years (rather than two, as under current law).
Health - H.R.1839
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 5
Introduced Mar. 21
Passed House Mar. 25
Passed Senate Apr. 02
Enacted Apr. 18

To amend title XIX to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment, establish a State Medicaid option to provide coordinated care to children with complex medical conditions through health homes, prevent the misclassification of drugs for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate program, and for other purposes.


Summary
Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 This bill alters several Medicaid programs and funding provisions. For example, the bill temporarily extends the applicability of Medicaid eligibility criteria that protect against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home- and community-based services. The bill also establishes a state Medicaid option to provide for medical assistance with respect to coordinated care provided through a health home (i.e., a designated provider or team of health-care professionals) for children with medically complex conditions. States must determine payment methodologies in accordance with specified requirements; payments also temporarily qualify for an enhanced federal matching rate. Further, drug manufacturers with Medicaid rebate agreements for covered outpatient drugs must disclose drug product information. Manufacturers are subject to civil penalties for knowingly misclassifying drugs. Manufacturers are also required to compensate for rebates that were initially underpaid as a result of misclassification (whether or not such misclassification was committed knowingly).
Health - S.1379
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 08
Passed House Jun. 04
Passed Senate May. 16
Enacted Jun. 24

A bill to reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.

Congress - S.1436
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 13
Passed House May. 16
Enacted Jun. 12

A bill to make technical corrections to the computation of average pay under Public Law 110-279.


Summary
This bill addresses retirement benefits for certain Senate Restaurants employees who were Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees and who became employees of a contractor under a food services contract. A provision that deems their rate of basic pay the same as such rate when AOC entered into the contract no longer applies to their retirement benefits.
Immigration - H.R.559
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced Jan. 15
Passed House Jun. 03
Passed Senate Jun. 20
Enacted Jun. 25

To amend section 6 of the Joint Resolution entitled "A Joint Resolution to approve the Covenant To Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, and for other purposes".


Summary
Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act This bill grants Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Resident status to certain aliens who have resided continuously and lawfully in the CNMI since November 28, 2009.
Social Welfare - H.R.2940
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced May. 23
Passed House Jun. 03
Passed Senate Jun. 27
Enacted Jul. 05

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


Summary
This bill extends appropriations through September 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.
Science, Technology, Communications - H.J.RES.60
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 10
Passed House Jun. 10
Passed Senate Jun. 18
Enacted Jul. 05

Requesting the Secretary of the Interior to authorize unique and one-time arrangements for displays on the National Mall and the Washington Monument during the period beginning on July 16, 2019 and ending on July 20, 2019.


Summary
This joint resolution requests the Department of the Interior to authorize the unique display of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Smithsonian artifacts, digital content, film footage, and associated historic audio and imagery in the vicinity of the National Mall, including projections onto the surface of the Washington Monument for five nights of public display beginning on July 16, 2019.
Armed Forces and National Security - S.49
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 08
Passed House Mar. 05
Passed Senate Feb. 05
Enacted Mar. 21

A bill to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.


Summary
This bill designates the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the "Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation."
Armed Forces and National Security - S.252
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 29
Passed House Mar. 26
Passed Senate Mar. 04
Enacted Apr. 06

A bill to authorize the honorary appointment of Robert J. Dole to the grade of colonel in the regular Army.


Summary
This bill provides for the honorary appointment of Robert J. Dole, of Kansas, to the grade of colonel in the regular Army.
Armed Forces and National Security - S.863
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 25
Passed House Mar. 28
Enacted Apr. 08

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the grade and pay of podiatrists of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Government Operations and Politics - S.725
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 07
Passed House Apr. 02
Enacted Apr. 16

A bill to change the address of the postal facility designated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan.


Summary
This bill changes the U.S. Postal Service facility designated in Charlottesville, Virginia, in honor of Captain Humayun Khan (from the facility at 180 McCormick Road to the facility at 2150 Wise Street).
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