The Polis Pulse



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
70%
30%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
84%
Win in 2020
44%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
73%
Thomas
20%


Active Legislation
Science, Technology, Communications - H.R.1644
Sponsors Dem: 197 Rep: 0
Introduced Mar. 08
Passed House Apr. 10

To restore the open internet order of the Federal Communications Commission.

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.
Public Lands and Natural Resources - S.RES.167
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 17
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution designating the week of April 20, 2019, through April 28, 2019, as "National Park Week".

Finance and Financial Sector - S.RES.168
Sponsors Dem: 16 Rep: 16
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution designating April 2019 as "Financial Literacy Month".

Taxation - H.R.1957
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 10
Introduced Mar. 28
Passed House Apr. 09

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


Summary
Taxpayer First Act of 2019 This bill modifies requirements for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its organizational structure, customer service, enforcement procedures, 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 a comprehensive customer service strategy; continue the IRS Free File Program; exempt certain low-income taxpayers from payments required to submit an offer-in-compromise; modify tax enforcement procedures that address issues such as the seizure of property, issuing a summons, joint liability, referral for private debt collection, and contacting third parties; establish requirements for responding to Taxpayer Advocate Directives; permanently authorize the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program; modify procedures for whistle-blowers; establish requirements for cybersecurity and identify protection; prohibit the rehiring of certain IRS employees who were removed for misconduct; allow the IRS to require additional taxpayers to file returns electronically; and increase the penalty for failing to file a return. The bill requires the IRS Commissioner to appoint a Chief Information Officer, modifies the requirements for managing information technology, and authorizes streamlined critical pay authority for certain IRS information technology positions. 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 the acceptance of electronic signatures.
Social Welfare - S.RES.85
Sponsors Dem: 17 Rep: 5
Introduced Feb. 28

A resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of Easterseals, a leading advocate and service provider for children and adults with disabilities, including veterans and older adults, and their caregivers and families.

International Affairs - S.J.RES.7
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 30
Passed House Apr. 04
Passed Senate Mar. 13
Vetoed Apr. 16

A joint resolution to direct 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 activities 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.
Health - S.RES.165
Sponsors Dem: 12 Rep: 5
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution recognizing the importance of vaccinations and immunizations in the United States.

Congress - H.CON.RES.19
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 0
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Apr. 08

Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.


Summary
This concurrent resolution permits the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to sponsor soap box derby races as a free public event on the Capitol grounds on June 15, 2019.
Congress - H.CON.RES.31
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 2
Introduced Apr. 03
Passed House Apr. 09

Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.


Summary
This concurrent resolution authorizes the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center on April 29, 2019, for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.
Science, Technology, Communications - S.RES.136
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Apr. 02

A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month.

Congress - H.CON.RES.16
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Feb. 08
Passed House Apr. 08

Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.


Summary
This concurrent resolution permits the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary to sponsor as free public events on the Capitol grounds the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service, on May 15, 2019, to honor the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2018; and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition, on May 14, 2019, to allow law enforcement representatives to exhibit their ability to demonstrate Honor Guard programs and provide for a bagpipe exhibition.
Emergency Management - S.RES.131
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Mar. 28

A resolution designating April 2019 as "National 9-1-1 Education Month".

H.R.2274
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 10

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans conservation corps, and for other purposes.

S.RES.163
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution commending and congratulating the Lady Bears of Baylor University on winning the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women's basketball championship.

Armed Forces and National Security - S.RES.166
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution expressing support for the designation of May 1, 2019, as "Silver Star Service Banner Day".

S.RES.164
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 11

A resolution commending the University of Virginia men's basketball team for winning the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Congress - S.CON.RES.14
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced Apr. 11

A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.

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).
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 - 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.
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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