Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of October 15, 2019  
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are back in session this week. The House will consider 23 bills under suspension of the rules, including the Homeless Veteran Families Act (H.R. 95), which requires the Veterans Affairs Department to reimburse community organizations that serve homeless veterans for costs associated with their children; and a resolution (H.J. Res. 77) "Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria." For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the SEC Disclosure Effectiveness Testing Act (H.R. 1815), which requires the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to evaluate the effectiveness of materials that brokers and investment advisers provide to nonprofessional retail investors; and the Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 3624), which requires publicly traded companies that file annual reports with the SEC to disclose the number of workers they employ overseas and within the U.S.

The Senate will vote on five executive and judicial nominees, including Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force. Additionally, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said recently that Democrats would force a Senate floor vote this week on S. J. Res. 53 to repeal the Trump Administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule finalized by the EPA, which eliminates state-specific carbon dioxide emissions reductions and replaces them with a narrower plan enabling states to upgrade the efficiency of power plants to drive carbon dioxide reduction. Democrats would use expedited floor procedures provided under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to fast-track an up-or-down vote; 51 votes are needed to approve the resolution of disapproval, which means that at least four Senate Republicans would need to join all 47 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus in order for the measure to pass.
 
On Tuesday from 8-11pm ET, the Democratic Party's fourth presidential primary debate will be held in Westerville, Ohio at Otterbein University, co-hosted by CNN and The New York Times. 12 candidates will debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Juli├ín Castro, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.  
 
On Wednesday, President Trumpwill host the Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House to " discuss ways to further grow the United States and Italy's longstanding relationship and how to address common security challenges and promote shared economic prosperity." On Thursday, Trump will travel to Texas to participate in a roundtable and speak at a luncheon in Fort Worth, visit and cut an opening ribbon at the Louis Vuitton-Rochambeau Workshop in Johnson County, Texas, and hold a political rally in Dallas.
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