Senate Legislative Activity

The Senate convenes today, February 27, at 12:00pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Wilbur Ross, to be Secretary of Commerce.

At 3:00pm, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address. Following the reading of Washington’s Farewell Address, the Senate will resume consideration of the Ross nomination.

At 7:00pm, all remaining post-cloture time will be deemed expired, and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the Ross nomination. Following that vote, the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), to be Secretary of Interior.

There will be two roll call votes tonight beginning at 7:00pm.

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Wilbur Ross, to be Secretary of Commerce
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), to be Secretary of Interior

As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following three cabinet nominations:

  1. Ryan Zinke, nominated to be Secretary of Interior
  2. Ben Carson, nominated to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  3. James Richard Perry, nominated to be Secretary of Energy

Each cloture petition will ripen upon disposition of the previous nomination, and each nomination is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

House Legislative Activity

Today, the House will meet at 12:00pm for morning hour and 2:00pm for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30pm. The following legislation will be considered under suspension of the rules:

  1. H.R. 88 – Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Natural Resources Committee)
  2. H.R. 228 – Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)
  3. H.R. 699 – Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Natural Resources Committee)
  4. H.R. 863 – To facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. John Larson / Natural Resources Committee)
  5. H.R. 442– National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  6. H.R. 1033 – Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)

On Tuesday, February 28, the House will meet at 10:00am for morning hour and 12:00pm for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5:00pm and reconvene at approximately 8:35pm for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:25 p.m.

  1. H.R. 998 – SCRUB Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

On Wednesday, March 1, the House will meet at 10:00am for morning hour and 12:00pm for legislative business.

On Thursday, March 2, the House will meet at 9:00am for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00pm.

On Friday, March 3, no votes are expected in the House.

  1. H.J.Res. 83 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  2. H.R. 1009 – OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Mitchell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  3. H.R. 1004 – Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)