This Week in Congress

The most important vote of the week will be the Senate vote on the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. The vote is expected later this week, so Campaign for Liberty supporters should call their Senators and tell them to oppose William Barr for Attorney General.

The House will vote on H.J.Res 37, which invokes the War Powers Act to end US military involvement in the Yemen civil war. Campaign for Liberty members should call their Representatives and tell them to vote for H.J.Res 37.

Congress also has until midnight Friday to pass legislation funding the majority of the federal government or else there will be another government shutdown. As of this writing, it appears there may be an agreement in principle on funding for border security between the House and Senate.

The Senate will also consider S. 47, legislation reauthorizing laws, programs, and federally-funded projects related to the use and acquisitions of natural resources on federal land. Some have expressed concerns that many of the programs and projects funded are little more than federal land grabs.

Of course, the only way to ensure these resources are used for the highest value is to privatize federal lands and let the market decide what is the best use of the resources.

The House will also consider several bills under suspension, including:

  1. H.R. 1063– Requires increased reporting of donations to presidential libraries.

  1. H.R. 1065– Provides for a study of the use of social media in security investigations.

  1. H.R. 1064– Allows whistleblowers to disclose information to “the Inspector General of an agency, a supervisor in the employee's direct chain of command up to and including the head of the employing agency, or to an employee designated by any of the aforementioned individuals for the purpose of receiving such disclosures.”

  1. H.R. 995– Requires the federal government to keep a database of settlement agreements entered into by federal agencies.

  1. H.R. 1079– Requires the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on the use of electronic consent forms.

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