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45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
31%
69%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
68%
32%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
86%
Win in 2020
46%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
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Ginsburg
68%
Thomas
21%


Active Legislation
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.540
Sponsors Dem: 71 Rep: 7
Introduced Jan. 14
Passed House Apr. 02
Passed Senate Jul. 30

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 770 Ayrault Road in Fairport, New York, as the "Louise and Bob Slaughter Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 770 Ayrault Road in Fairport, New York, as the "Louise and Bob Slaughter Post Office."
Housing and Community Development - H.R.3018
Sponsors Dem: 46 Rep: 0
Introduced May. 23

To prohibit the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from implementing a proposed rule regarding requirements under Community Planning and Development housing programs.

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.2938
Sponsors Dem: 35 Rep: 3
Introduced May. 23
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01

To exempt from the calculation of monthly income certain benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1250
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 22
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Jul. 17
Passed Senate Jul. 30

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."
Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.2336
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 9
Introduced Apr. 18
Passed House Jul. 25
Passed Senate Aug. 01

To amend title 11, United States Code, with respect to the definition of "family farmer".

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.829
Sponsors Dem: 21 Rep: 5
Introduced Jan. 28
Passed House Apr. 04
Passed Senate Jul. 30

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the "Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the "Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.828
Sponsors Dem: 21 Rep: 5
Introduced Jan. 28
Passed House Apr. 30
Passed Senate Jul. 30

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York, as the "Congressman Bill Carney Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York, as the "Congressman Bill Carney Post Office."
Transportation and Public Works - H.R.3245
Sponsors Dem: 15 Rep: 11
Introduced Jun. 13
Passed House Jul. 24
Passed Senate Jul. 31

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.

Health - H.R.776
Sponsors Dem: 12 Rep: 7
Introduced Jan. 24
Passed House Jul. 24
Passed Senate Jul. 31

To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.


Summary
Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 This bill reauthorizes through FY2024 the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, which is a grant program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The program focuses on improving emergency health care for children who are seriously ill or injured.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1449
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 5
Introduced Feb. 28
Passed House Apr. 30
Passed Senate Jul. 30

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the "Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the "Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3305
Sponsors Dem: 6 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 17
Passed Senate Jul. 30

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."
Congress - H.R.3868
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 0
Introduced Jul. 22

To grant Members of Congress access to detention facilities, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1198
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 13
Passed House Apr. 30
Passed Senate Jul. 30

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 South Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada, as the "Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 South Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada, as the "Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1079
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11
Passed Senate Jul. 31

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

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.3304
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01

To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.3311
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01

To amend chapter 11 of title 11, United States Code, to address reorganization of small businesses, and for other purposes.

Emergency Management - H.R.639
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 17
Passed House Apr. 08
Passed Senate Jul. 31

To amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.


Summary
This bill amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to specify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include federal employees.
Immigration - H.R.3777
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jul. 16

To establish a National Commission to investigate the treatment of migrant families and children by the Trump Administration.

Immigration - H.R.3964
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jul. 25

To provide a civil remedy for individuals harmed by sanctuary jurisdiction policies, 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.

Law - H.R.1327
Sponsors Dem: 236 Rep: 96
Introduced Feb. 25
Passed House Jul. 12
Passed Senate Jul. 23
Enacted Jul. 29

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.
Armed Forces and National Security - S.504
Sponsors Dem: 16 Rep: 19
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Jun. 11
Enacted Jul. 30

A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to authorize The American Legion to determine the requirements for membership in The American Legion, and for other purposes.

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 provisions relating to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), its customer service, enforcement procedures, cybersecurity and identity protection, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems. TITLE I--PUTTING TAXPAYERS FIRST Subtitle A--Independent Appeals Process (Sec, 1001) This subtitle establishes the Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals headed by a Chief of Appeals. The purpose of this office is to resolve federal tax controversies without litigation on a basis that is fair and impartial, promote consistent application of federal tax laws, and enhance public confidence in the IRS. Subtitle B--Improved Service (Sec. 1101) This section requires the Department of the Treasury to submit to Congress a written comprehensive customer service strategy for the IRS, including a plan to update guidance and training materials for IRS customer service employees. (Sec. 1102) This section exempts low-income taxpayers from the requirement to submit a user fee with an offer-in-compromise. Subtitle C--Sensible Enforcement (Sec. 1201) This section revises provisions relating the seizure of property that has been structured to avoid Bank Secrecy Act requirements. It limits the seizure authority to property derived from an illegal source and provides due process safeguards to individuals with an ownership interest in such property. (Sec. 1202) This section excludes from gross income, for income tax purposes, interest received in an action to recover property seized by the IRS based on a structuring transaction. (Sec. 1203) This section revises requirements relating to equitable relief from joint liability for unpaid taxes. (Sec. 1204) This section limits the authority of Treasury to issue third-party summons. (Sec. 1205) This section restricts referrals of tax debts to private debt collection agencies, excluding taxpayers whose income consists of disability insurance benefits or other low-income taxpayers. The maximum length of installment agreements under tax collection contracts is extended from five to seven years. (Sec. 1206) This section revises requirements for notice to a taxpayers of contacts with third parties relating to the determination or collection of the taxpayer's tax liability. (Sec. 1207) This section revises requirements for the issuance of a designated summons for determining tax liability. (Sec. 1208) This section limits access of non IRS officers or employees to tax returns and return information, Subtitle D--Organizational Modernization (Sec. 1301) This section permits modification of National Taxpayer Advocate directives. It also modifies reporting requirements of the National Taxpayer Advocate and requires Treasury to provide statistical support to the National Taxpayer Advocate in meeting such requirements. (Sec. 1302) Treasury must submit to Congress by the end of FY2020 a written comprehensive plan to redesign the organization of the IRS. Subtitle E--Other Provisions (Sec. 1401) Treasury must establish a Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program to make grants to provide tax return preparation assistance to certain low-income taxpayers. (Sec. 1402) Treasury must provide information to taxpayers of the availability of low-income taxpayer clinics. (Sec. 1403) The IRS must provide notice of the closure of Taxpayer Assistance Centers. (Sec. 1404) The IRS may no longer immediately sell seized property merely if it is liable to become greatly reduced in price or value or cannot be kept without great expense. (Sec. 1405) This section revises provisions relating to the disclosure of tax return information to whistle-blowers and retaliation against whistle-blowers by employers. IRS may disclose tax return information to whistle-blowers related to investigations for which the whistle-blower has provided information. (Sec. 1406) The IRS must provide specified information to taxpayers placed on hold during a telephone call regarding common tax scams, where to report such scams, and additional advice on protection against identity theft and tax scams. (Sec. 1407) The IRS must establish procedures to allow a taxpayer to report instances in which a tax refund made by electronic funds transfer was not transferred to the taxpayer's account. TITLE II--21ST CENTURY IRS Subtitle A--Cybersecurity and Identity Protection (Sec. 2001) Treasury must (1) work collaboratively with the public and private sectors to protect taxpayers from identity theft refund fraud, (2) ensure that the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee studies and makes recommendations on methods to prevent identity theft and refund fraud, (3) establish a program to issue an identity protection identification number to taxpayers, (4) establish a single point of contact in the IRS for taxpayers whose returns have been adversely affected due to a tax-related identity theft, (5) notify taxpayers of suspected identity theft, and (6) develop and implement publicly available guidelines for management of cases involving identity theft refund fraud. (Sec. 2003) Treasury may participate in an information sharing and analysis center to enhance data and information with respect to identity theft and refund fraud. (Sec. 2004) The IRS may not disclosure return information to contractors or federal, state, or local agencies unless such contractors or agencies have safeguards to protect the confidentiality of such information. (Sec. 2009) This section increases civil and criminal penalties for improper disclosure or use of information by tax return preparers. Subtitle B--Development of Information Technology (Sec. 2101) This section establishes the position of Chief Information Officer in the IRS (IRS CIO). The IRS CIO shall be responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of information technology for the IRS. (Sec. 2102) Treasury must make available an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings by January 1, 2023. (Sec. 2103) This section provides for streamlined critical pay authority for IRS information technology positions. Subtitle C--Modernization of Consent-Based Income Verification System (Sec. 2201) Treasury must implement a program that ensures that any disclosure of tax information for third party income verification is fully automated and accomplished through the Internet in as close to real-time as practicable. (Sec. 2202) This section prohibits persons who are granted consent by a taxpayer to receive return information from using it for a purpose other than the purpose for which consent was granted. Subtitle D--Expanded Use of Electronic Systems (Sec. 2301) This section expands the use of electronic systems for filing tax returns. (Sec. 2302) Treasury must publish guidelines for the acceptance of taxpayer signatures appearing in electronic form with respect to any request for disclosure of return information. (Sec. 2303) This section requires the IRS to recoup fees charged by credit card companies for payment of taxes by debit and credit cards. (Sec. 2304) Treasury must verify the identity of any individual opening an e-Services account with the IRS before such individual may use e-Service tools. Subtitle E--Other Provisions (Sec.2401) Provisions relating to a return free tax system and related reporting requirements are repealed. (Sec. 2402) The IRS must submit to Congress a comprehensive training strategy for IRS employees. TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Subtitle A--Reform of Laws Governing Internal Revenue Service Employees (Sec. 3001) The IRS may not rehire any former IRS employee whose employment was terminated for misconduct. (Sec. 3002) Treasury must notify a taxpayer if an IRS employee has been disciplined for unauthorized inspection or disclosure of such taxpayer's return information. Subtitle B--Provisions Relating to Exempt Organizations (Sec. 3101) This section makes electronic filing of returns by tax-exempt organizations mandatory. (Sec. 3102) The IRS must notify exempt organizations prior to revoking their tax exempt status for failure to file return information. Subtitle C--Revenue Provision (Sec. 3201) This section increases the monetary penalty for failure to file. TITLE IV--BUDGETARY EFFECTS (Sec. 4001) This title provides for the determination of the budgetary effects of this bill for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
Crime and Law Enforcement - S.998
Sponsors Dem: 10 Rep: 11
Introduced Apr. 03
Passed House Jul. 10
Passed Senate May. 16
Enacted Jul. 25

A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand support for police officer family services, stress reduction, and suicide prevention, and for other purposes.

Health - H.R.3253
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 5
Introduced Jun. 13
Passed House Jul. 30
Passed Senate Jul. 25
Enacted Aug. 06

To provide for certain extensions with respect to the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.


Summary
Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act of 2019 This bill alters several Medicaid programs and funding mechanisms. Specifically, the bill makes appropriations through FY2024 for, and otherwise revises, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program; allows state Medicaid fraud control units to review complaints regarding patients who are in noninstitutional or other settings; temporarily extends the applicability of Medicaid eligibility criteria that protect against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community-based services; temporarily extends the Medicaid demonstration program for certified community behavioral health clinics; repeals the requirement, under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, that drug manufacturers include the prices of certain authorized generic drugs when determining the average manufacturer price (AMP) of brand name drugs (also known as a "blended AMP"), and excludes manufacturers from the definition of "wholesalers" for purposes of rebate calculations; and increases funding available to the Medicaid Improvement Fund beginning in FY2021.
Law - H.R.1569
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 4
Introduced Mar. 06
Passed House Jul. 10
Passed Senate Jul. 25
Enacted Aug. 09

To amend title 28, United States Code, to add Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of locations in which court shall be held in the judicial district for the State of Arizona.


Summary
This bill adds Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of locations where court must be held in the U.S. District of Arizona.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.866
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 0
Introduced Jan. 30
Passed House Feb. 06
Passed Senate Jun. 26
Enacted Jul. 25

To provide a lactation room in public buildings.


Summary
Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 (Sec. 2) This bill requires that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by members of the public to express milk. The lactation room must be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet. A public building may be excluded from such requirement at the discretion of the official responsible for its operation if it does not contain a lactation room for employees and does not have a space that could be repurposed as one or that could be made private by using portable materials, at a reasonable cost; or the cost of new construction required to create a lactation room is not feasible.
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.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.744
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Mar. 12
Passed House Jul. 10
Passed Senate May. 16
Enacted Jul. 25

A bill to amend section 175b of title 18, United States Code, to correct a scrivener's error.

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2196
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Apr. 10
Passed House Jun. 24
Passed Senate Jul. 25
Enacted Jul. 31

To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.
Housing and Community Development - S.1749
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 05
Passed House Jul. 09
Enacted Jul. 25

A bill to clarify seasoning requirements for certain refinanced mortgage loans, and for other purposes.


Summary
Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019 This bill revises loan seasoning requirements related to a refinanced Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) housing loan. Under current law, the VA is prohibited from guaranteeing a refinanced home loan until the date that is the later of (1) the date on which the sixth monthly payment is made, or (2) the date that is 210 days after the first payment is made. This bill modifies this date to (1) when the borrower has made six consecutive monthly payments, or (2) 210 days after the first payment is due.
Economics and Public Finance - H.R.3877
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jul. 23
Passed House Jul. 25
Passed Senate Aug. 01
Enacted Aug. 02

To amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, to establish a congressional budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, to temporarily suspend the debt limit, and for other purposes.


Summary
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 This bill increases discretionary spending limits, suspends the debt limit, and modifies budget enforcement procedures. The bill increases the FY2020 and FY2021 discretionary spending limits for defense and nondefense spending. The bill also (1) specifies limits for Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits; and (2) requires the FY2020 discretionary spending limits to be adjusted to accommodate specified funding for the 2020 Census. The bill suspends the public debt limit through July 31, 2021. On August 1, 2021, the limit will be increased to accommodate obligations issued during the suspension period. The bill also includes provisions that set forth procedures for enforcing spending and revenue levels consistent with this bill as if they were included in congressional budget resolutions for FY2020 and FY2021; specify limits on advance appropriations; extend the sequestration (automatic spending cuts) for certain mandatory spending programs through FY2029; extend the authority to collect certain customs user fees through FY2029; extend and modify Senate points of order regarding advance appropriations, certain changes in mandatory programs (CHIMPs), and designations of funds for Overseas Contingency Operations; and reset the balances on the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) scorecards established by the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
Water Resources Development - H.R.2695
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 14
Passed House Jun. 10
Passed Senate Jul. 29
Enacted Aug. 09

To rename the Success Dam in Tulare County, California, as the Richard L. Schafer Dam.


Summary
This bill designates the Success Dam in Tulare County, California, as the "Richard L. Schafer Dam."
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