This week in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate: Nov. 14-17, 2016

United States Capitol_ U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

Congress returns to Washington D.C. this week in the wake of one of the most historic elections in U.S. history for a lame duck session as President-elect Donald Trump prepares his new administration.

Here’s what’s happening in Congress this week:

U.S. House of Representatives

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives is in session and will consider several bills under Suspension of the Rules, including:

  • H.R. 1192: National Clinical Care Commission Act;
  • H.R. 1209: Improving Access to Maternity Care Act;
  • H.R. 2713: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016;
  • H.R. 4365: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016, as amended;
  • H.R. 985: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015, as amended;
  • H.R. 4665: Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016, as amended;
  • H.R. 2566: Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2016; and
  • H.R. 2669: Anti-Spoofing Act of 2016

On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider additional bills under suspension including:

  • H.R. 5732: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016, as amended;
  • H.R. ___: Iran Sanctions Extension Act. This legislation reauthorizes the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, through Dec. 31, 2026. Under the ISA, sanctions may be imposed against foreign companies or entities that invest in the development of Iran’s oil and gas industry. The ISA is due to expire at the end of this year but it is is separate from the multilateral sanctions being lifted under the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
  • H.R. 5332: Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016, as amended; and
  • H.Res. 780: Urging respect for the constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the democratic transition of power in 2016, as amended

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is expected to consider the following:

H.R. 5711: a bill that would block U.S. financing for Iranian aircraft purchases. The bill, which combines two other bills, prohibits the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) from providing any export financing that would benefit the government of Iran or Iranian entities, and it prohibits the Treasury Department from authorizing transactions by U.S. financial institutions to finance the export or re-export of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran. Any prior Treasury authorizations for U.S. financing of commercial aircraft sales to Iran would be retroactively revoked.

  • Alabama co-sponsor(s): None.

H.R. 5982: the Midnight Rules Relief Act. The bill permits a new Congress to use the procedures under the Congressional Review Act to disapprove, en bloc, multiple regulations issued by a president in his final year in office, rather than just a single regulation at a time for rules issued during the final 60 session days of the previous Congress.

  • Alabama co-sponsor(s): None.

On Friday, the House is not in session.

U.S. Senate

The Senate is in recess on Monday and will reconvene Tuesday. It is expected to then consider the following:

H.R. 4511: the Gold Star Family Voices Act. This bill would allow the Veterans History Project to collect audio and video recordings of biographical histories by immediate family members of service members who died as a result of serving in war.


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