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Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
32%
68%
House
239
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
69%
31%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
85%
Win in 2020
46%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
71%
Thomas
21%


Active Legislation
Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues - H.R.5
Sponsors Dem: 237 Rep: 3
Introduced Mar. 13
Passed House May. 17

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.


Summary
Equality Act This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation. The bill expands the definition of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide (1) exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; (2) goods, services, or programs; and (3) transportation services. The bill allows the Department of Justice to intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.
Taxation - H.R.1994
Sponsors Dem: 36 Rep: 22
Introduced Mar. 29

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage retirement savings, and for other purposes.


Summary
Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 This bill modifies the requirements for employer-provided retirement plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and other tax-favored savings accounts. With respect to employer-provided retirement plans, the bill modifies requirements regarding automatic enrollment and nonelective contributions; tax credits for small employers that establish certain plans; loans; lifetime income options; the treatment of custodial accounts upon termination of section 403(b) plans; retirement income accounts for church-controlled organizations; the eligibility rules for certain long-term, part-time employees; required minimum distributions; nondiscrimination rules; and minimum funding standards for community newspaper plans. The bill also includes provisions that treat taxable non-tuition fellowship and stipend payments as compensation for the purpose of an IRA, repeal the maximum age for traditional IRA contributions, treat difficulty of care payments as compensation for determining contribution limits for retirement accounts, allow penalty-free withdrawals from retirement plans if a child is born or adopted, expand the purposes for which qualified tuition programs (commonly known as 529 plans) may be used, reinstate and increase the tax exclusion for certain benefits provided to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders, increase penalties for failing to file tax returns, and require the Internal Revenue Service to share tax information with U.S. Customs Border Protection to administer the heavy vehicle use tax.
Crime and Law Enforcement - H.R.2379
Sponsors Dem: 17 Rep: 9
Introduced Apr. 29
Passed House May. 14
Passed Senate May. 16

To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.998
Sponsors Dem: 10 Rep: 11
Introduced Apr. 03
Passed Senate May. 16

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.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.1208
Sponsors Dem: 9 Rep: 6
Introduced Apr. 11
Passed Senate May. 16

A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 with respect to payments to certain public safety officers who have become permanently and totally disabled as a result of personal injuries sustained in the line of duty, and for other purposes.

Energy - H.R.2088
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 04

To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and for other purposes.

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2333
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 6
Introduced Apr. 18

To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.

Energy - H.R.2041
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 02

To reauthorize the weatherization assistance program, and for other purposes.

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2045
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Apr. 03

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration and the Under Secretary for Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

S.1379
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 08
Passed Senate May. 16

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.

H.R.1775
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Mar. 14

To establish a task force on NOTAM improvements, and for other purposes.

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

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

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2359
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Apr. 25

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs advancing of whole health transformation.

Emergency Management - H.R.1892
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Mar. 26
Passed House May. 15

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other purposes.


Summary
Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019 This bill makes numerous changes to the quadrennial homeland security reviews. The quadrennial homeland security review is the Department of Homeland Security's capstone strategy document, which offers recommendations on long-term strategy and priorities for homeland security. Specifically, the changes are related to consultation, prioritization, resources required, deadlines, and documentation.
Energy - H.R.2044
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Apr. 03

To accelerate smart building development, and for other purposes.

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.2578
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 08
Passed House May. 14

To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.


Summary
National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019 This bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2019. The bill shall take effect as if it had been enacted on May 31, 2019.
Environmental Protection - H.R.2665
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 10

To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a smart energy and water efficiency program, and for other purposes.

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2372
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 25

To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of all memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement between Under Secretary of Health and non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities relating to suicide prevention and mental health services.

Enacted Legislation
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.

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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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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