The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation intended to assist human trafficking victims by encouraging more victim-centered approaches to arrests, prosecutions, and the provision of services and assistance to persons who are or who may be the victims of human trafficking. This week’s House floor action is set to occur in connection with H.R. 507, the "Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019", The House passed the measure on Thursday, February 7, 2019., by a vote of 410-1.. The sole Member voting against the measure was Representative Justin Amash (R-MI).
House Passes "Victim-Centered" Anti-Human Trafficking Bill
Friday, February 8, 2019
H.R. 507 was introduced in the House by Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
House Passes Bill Mandating a Study of the Contribution of Cryptocurrencies to
Human and Drug Trafficking
Monday, January 28, 2019
The House took up the measure on Monday, January 28, 2019, using a procedure known as “suspension of the rules.” Under this process, debate is limited to 40 minutes, no floor amendments to the measure are permitted, and the bill must receive the affirmative votes of at least two-thirds of those Members who are present and voting in order to be passed.
Congress Clears Short-Term FY ’19 Continuing Appropriations Resolution Reopening
Shuttered Federal Functions
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Today's congressional action occurred in connection with H.J. Res. 28, the “Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019”. Congress cleared the measure for the President’s consideration on Friday, January 25, 2019, and the President signed it into law later that evening. The action ended the longest shutdown of portions of the federal government in the nation’s history.
It was part of a larger deal that requires Congress to convene a conference committee to consider proposals to enhance border security. That conference committee must report back either the fact that it has reached a compromise or that it has failed to reach one by February 15th.
Congress Establishes a Process for Congressional Consideration of Trump Border Wall
Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday’s action occurred in connection with H.J. Res. 31, a joint resolution making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. The House approved the House-passed version of the measure on Thursday, January 24, 2919, by a vote of 231-180. The Senate acted one day later, approving the amended Senate-passed version of the bill by a voice vote.
Immediately following House and Senate passage of the measure, a conference committee was established to iron out an agreement on border security funding, with the goal of completing a deal by February 15, 2019, when stop-gap funding for numerous federal departments, agencies, and functions expires..
House Passes Yet Another FY ’19 Continuing Appropriations Measure
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The House passed the measure on Wednesday by a vote of 229-184. It marked the time the tenth time in the nascent 116th Congress that the House had passed a measure seeking to reopen all or some of the functions of the federal government that have been shuttered by the standoff between President Trump and congressional Democrats over the President's demand that Congress appropriate $5.7 BILLION to fund the construction of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
House Agrees to Two Pro-Immigrant Amendments in First Direct Floor Votes on Immigration
During the 116th Congress
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The two amendments that the House agreed to were offered by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).