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NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEK
The House & Senate are both in session this week as the final days of 2019’s legislative session draw to a close. Still in need of passage: 2020 spending bills. Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey told reporters Friday she expected the House would begin voting on spending packages this week. Congress is also expected to begin considering the delayed defense authorization bill this week as well a drug pricing overhaul bill that Democrats have made a priority this year.
The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hold an impeachment hearing on Monday, where lawmakers are expected to hear a “presentation of evidence” from both majority and minority counsel on the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees. Per The Hill, “the hearing marks one of the final opportunities to make their case over whether President Trump’s contacts with Ukraine were unlawful before articles of impeachment are introduced.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, will hold its own hearings this week, as Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called a Wednesday hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Per Roll Call, “The focus of the hearing will be on the anticipated release of an IG report on the use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorities by the FBI and the DOJ in connection with investigations of the 2016 presidential election.”
Articles of Impeachment could be introduced and marked up as early as this week, setting up a possible floor vote in the final days before lawmakers leave town for the year.
The Filing Deadline to run for federal office in Texas is Monday, December 9.
AR/Intel Insiders: A full state-by-state breakdown of filing deadlines as well as primary dates can be found here.
WEEKEND QUICK HITS
Joe Biden’s super PAC, Unite The Country, placed its first ad buy of the election cycle this week. The ad, which is part of a joint TV and digital ad buy worth $650,000 — almost $20,000 more than what the Biden campaign has spent in Iowa over the past month, will run in four Iowa media markets this week, with the most time purchased in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets. (Politico, 12/6/19)
Planned Parenthood placed a seven-figure ad buy targeting Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) over the Trump administration’s changes to a federally funded birth control program. (The Hill, 12/6/19)
MAINE: Maine Momentum, a liberal dark money group, is tripling its investment in ads targeting Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) over her support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Instead of $180,000 over a three-week period, the group will now spend $540,000 on the ad. (Politico, 12/6/19)
The Washington Examiner: “Trump-Aligned Super PAC Spending $2M To Hammer House Democrats In Vulnerable Districts” (The Washington Examiner, 12/8/19)
CA-50: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said Friday he will resign his seat in Congress “shortly after the holidays,” bowing to pressure after pleading guilty last week to illegally using campaign finance funds for personal matters. (Politico, 12/6/19)
NC-02: Rep. George Holding (R-NC), whose congressional district was redrawn to be significantly more Democratic, announced he will not seek reelection next year. (McClatchy, 12/6/19)
TX-07: Nonprofit executive Pierce Bush, who is also the grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush, is expected to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) on Monday. (The Texas Tribune, 12/8/19)
THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA
On Tuesday, December 10, President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, December 12, the president will address a White House summit on child care and paid leave.
On Friday, December 13, President Trump will host the President of Paraguay at the White House.
2020 PRIMARY EVENTS
Elizabeth Warren will attend UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union Town Hall in Las Vegas, NV.
Bernie Sanders will attend UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union Town Hall in Las Vegas, NV.
Elizabeth Warren will attend town hall at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV.
Joe Biden will attend UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union Town in Las Vegas, NV.
Elizabeth Warren will give an economic policy speech in Manchester, NH.
Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in San Antonio, TX.
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren will attend a public education forum that will air on MSNBC.
Elizabeth Warren will attend a town hall in Clinton, IA.
Elizabeth Warren will attend a town hall in Washington, IA.
The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #533, Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States circuit judge for the 9th Circuit. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the Bumatay nomination.
The Senate also has a number of appointments that it may consider this week.
Additional Items The Senate May Consider During This Work Period
- NDAA Conference Report
- Various Resolutions of Disapproval
- United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement
U.S. House of Representatives
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.
- H.R. 4372 – MSI STEM Achievement Act (Rep. Bernice Johnson – Science, Space, and Technology)
- H.R. 4373 – Engineering Biology Research and Development Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Bernice Johnson – Science, Space, and Technology)
- H.R. 2051 – Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Lipinski – Science, Space, and Technology)
- H.R. 5213 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Horn – Science, Space, and Technology)
- S. 737 – Building Blocks of STEM Act (Sen. Rosen – Science, Space, and Technology)
- H.R. 4355 – IOGAN Act (Rep. Gonzalez (OH) – Science, Space, and Technology)
- H.R. 4566 – Virginia Beach Strong Act (Rep. Luria – Ways and Means)
- H.R. 3669 – Weatherizing Infrastructure in the North and Terrorism Emergency Readiness Act of 2019 (Rep. Slotkin – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 4761 – DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019 (Rep. Higgins (LA) – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 4739 – Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and Training Act (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 4727 – Department of Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé Program Act of 2019 (Rep. McEachin – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 3318 – Emerging Transportation Security Threats Act of 2019 (Rep. Joyce (PA) – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 4713 – Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Authorization Act (Rep. Green (TX) – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 4402 – Inland Waters Security Review Act (Rep. Lesko – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 3469 – Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act of 2019 (Rep. Cummings – Homeland Security)
- S. 256 – Esther Martinez Native Languages Programs Reauthorization Act (Sen. Udall – Education and Labor)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
H.R. 729 – Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (Rep. Kilmer – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)
Suspension (1 bill)
- H.R. 5035 – Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)
Wednesday (12/11) & the Balance of the Week
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Members are advised that votes on Thursday could occur later than usual, but last votes of the week are expected no later than 3:00 p.m. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
H.R. 5038 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 3 –Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (Rep. Pallone/Rep. Neal/Rep. Scott (VA) – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education ad Labor) (Subject to a Rule)
NOTE: Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John Hickenlooper (D-CO) will attend a fundraiser in Denver, CO.
Royce West, Chris Bell, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, Sema Hernandez, and Amanda Edwards (D-TX) will attend Indivisible Texas’ U.S. Senate Candidate Issue Forum in Houston, TX.
MJ Hegar (D-TX) will attend an event with The Texas Tribune in Austin, TX.
Amy McGrath (D-KY) will attend an Electing Women PAC Reception.
Cal Cunningham (D-NC) will attend the Rowan Democrats December Breakfast in Salisbury, NC.
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) will attend the Democratic Women of Madison County’s December Membership Brunch in Huntsville, AL.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) will speak at winter commencement at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Nancy Pelosi will speak at Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) will speak at the 2019 Politico Women Rule Summit in Washington, DC.
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) will attend the Bloomingdale Township Democrats Monthly Meeting in Carol Stream, IL.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) will host a town hall in Branchburg, NJ.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) will attend a town hall in Woodside, NY.
Reps. Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Mike Levin (CA-49) will attend the 2019 OCYD Obama Awards in Newport Beach, CA.
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) will host an immigration town hall in Glen Ellyn, IL.