What initially looked like a light week of immigration- and refugee-related congressional activity suddenly turned heavy as the week dawned, with Democrats basking in the glow of the deal they cut late last week to reopen the shuttered departments, agencies, and functions of the federal government without having to appropriate a penny for the wall along the U.S. border with Mexico..that President Trump has demanded that they fund.
A Sigh of Relief Can Be Heard in the Halls of the U.S. Capitol Complex as the House and Senate Face the First Calm Week of the 116th Congress
Monday, January 28, 2019
Revised on Tuesday, January 28, 2019, at 9:45 pm EST
In all, from the perspective of those interested in immigration, refugee, homeland security, or human trafficking policy, the week's schedule includes one hearing, five business meetings, one conference committee meeting, and possible floor action on one matter of possible consequence on those subjects.
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.
Trump Proposes “Compromise” that would Reopen Government, Fund Border Wall, and Enact Temporary Protections for DACA and TPS Beneficiaries
Sunday, January 20, 2019
President Donald J. Trump yesterday proposed a plan to re-open the shuttered departments, agencies, and functions of the federal government.
The President's plan would require Congress to appropriate $5.7 BILLION in Fiscal Year 2019 funds to construct 234 miles of a "steel barrier system" along the U.S. border with Mexico. It would, as well, require Congress to appropriate approximately $3 BILLION in additional Fiscal Year 2019 funds for other border security related projects and activities.
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).
House and Senate to Convene First Session of the 116th Congress Amidst Border Security-Inspired Partial Shutdown of the Federal
Thursday, January 3, 2019
The First Session of the 116th Congress convenes on Thursday, January 3rd, with Democrats holding a 235-199 majority in the House and Republicans holding a 53-47 organizational majority in the Senate.
Under normal circumstances, much of the work during the first few weeks of a new Congress centers on ceremonial and organizational activities. However, with more than one-fourth of the federal government shut down due to a dispute between Congress and the President over immigration-related funding priorities, policy matters -- and immigration policy matters, specifically -- have been thrust into the forefront of the opening days of this Congress.