This Week’s Update

The Senate failed to advance a legislative vehicle (H.R. 5746) combining elements of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) and the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747). The Senate also failed to adopt a motion to modify the Senate rules to allow the bill to pass by a majority vote following a “talking filibuster.” The Senate confirmed Holly Thomas to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate failed to advance a legislative vehicle (H.R. 5746) combining elements of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) and the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747). The Senate also failed to adopt a motion to modify the Senate rules to allow the bill to pass by a majority vote following a “talking filibuster.” The Senate confirmed Holly Thomas to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 
  • House – The House passed the Ensuring Veterans’ Smooth Transition Act (H.R. 4673), and the Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act (S. 2959).

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate will be in recess and meet in pro forma session. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on January 31. Upon reconvening, the Senate is expected to resume its consideration of pending judicial, ambassadorial, and federal agency nominees. 
  • House – The House will be in recess and meet in pro forma session. The House is scheduled to reconvene on February 1. 

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