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Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
30%
70%
House
239
200
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
69%
31%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
86%
Win in 2020
44%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
70%
Thomas
22%


Active 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

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.

Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues - S.RES.189
Sponsors Dem: 14 Rep: 41
Introduced May. 02

A resolution condemning all forms of antisemitism.


Summary
This resolution condemns and commits to combatting all forms of antisemitism.
Taxation - H.R.3151
Sponsors Dem: 20 Rep: 8
Introduced Jun. 06
Passed House Jun. 10
Passed Senate Jun. 13

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

Commerce - H.R.2142
Sponsors Dem: 7 Rep: 5
Introduced Apr. 09

To amend the Small Business Act to require the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman to create a centralized website for compliance guides, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3152
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 7
Introduced Jun. 06

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Richard G. Lugar Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Richard G. Lugar Post Office."
Science, Technology, Communications - H.R.2331
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 4
Introduced Apr. 18

To require an annual report on the cybersecurity of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.

Science, Technology, Communications - H.R.1649
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 2
Introduced Mar. 08

To amend the Small Business Act to require cyber certification for small business development center counselors, and for other purposes.

Commerce - H.R.277
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 08

To adjust collateral requirements under the Small Business Act for disaster loans, and for other purposes.

Health - S.1379
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 08
Passed House Jun. 04
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.

Commerce - H.R.2345
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 18

To amend the Small Business Act to clarify the intention of Congress that the Administrator of the Small Business Administration is subject to certain requirements with respect to establishing size standards for small business concerns, and for other purposes.

S.RES.249
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jun. 12

A resolution commemorating the victory of the University of Maryland in the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.RES.246
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 12

A resolution honoring the memory of the victims of the heinous attack at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.

S.RES.248
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jun. 12

A resolution honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.2500
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced May. 02

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Crime and Law Enforcement - S.RES.231
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Jun. 05

A resolution condemning the horrific anti-Semitic attack on the Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, on April 27, 2019.

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.

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.
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).
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 the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 (115HR1029) from the 115th Congress, as passed by the Senate.
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.
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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