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House Schedule Before August Recess Is Set

McCarthy, Hoyer colloquy gets heated over ICE resolution

One more week until summer break! From left, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., gets a high five from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., as they walk down the House steps with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., after the final votes of the week on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Here is the House Schedule for the Week of July 23, the last week the chamber is scheduled to be in session until after Labor Day.

  • Monday: Noon for morning hour, 2 p.m. for legislative business, first votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. for morning hour, noon for legislative business.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. for legislative business; last votes no later than 3 p.m.
  • Friday: No votes expected in the House.

During their weekly colloquy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that next week the House is expected to consider three or more measures under rules, including the Protect Medical Innovation Act, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans Act and the Restoring Access to Medication Act.

McCarthy also mentioned that he hopes the House will vote on the conference report for the fiscal 2019 NDAA.

McCarthy said he looks forward to continuing work on the fiscal 2019 appropriations process in the “weeks to come,” though he was not specific on timing, and he said that additional legislative items are expected in the House next week, including measures to be considered under suspension of the rules.

A full list of suspensions will be announced by close-of-business on Friday.

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., spoke about reports from the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russian interference in American elections, and expressed his hope that Congress can take action to “ensure that votes are cast correctly, counted correctly, and reported correctly,” and to make sure that “Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all others, and not only in this country but around the world have confidence in the results of our elections.”

Watch: McCarthy and Hoyer’s Shouting Match Over ICE Resolution

McCarthy noted in his response that Congress has passed legislation to fund protections for future elections and that there is money that has already been authorized and is still available for the states to use.

Hoyer and McCarthy also talked about immigration issues, Hoyer talking about forced separation of families and the treatment of children at the border, McCarthy speaking about the “abolish ICE” movement and the vote earlier this week on the topic. McCarthy chastised Democrats for voting “present” on a pro-ICE resolution on Wednesday. 

“The only time he’ll [Hoyer] ever see my vote up there for present is a quorum call,” McCarthy said, “because I believe the American public and my constituents expect me to make a decision.”

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