Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of February 18, 2020  
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in recess this week. When the Senate returns the week of February 24, the chamber will consider the nomination of Katharine MacGregor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior, in addition to three judicial nominations. The Senate will also vote on the motion to proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), bills which would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks of gestation (with exemptions in cases of rape, incest, and if a pregnant woman's life is in danger) and would penalize doctors who fail to "exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion," respectively. Both bills would require 60 votes to overcome the initial procedural hurdle.
 
On Wednesday at 9pm ET, the ninth Democratic Party 2020 presidential primary debate will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and The Nevada Independent, with six of the remaining eight candidates facing off ahead of the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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