While Congress was on recess, discussion over hurricanes, white supremacists, and North Korea kept them from enjoying it.
Notable Public Statements:
President Trump discusses Workforce/Apprenticeship and answers questions regarding North Korea. Read full statement➤
President Trump on his pardon of Joe Arpaio. Read full statement➤
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) on the white nationalist demonstration and violence that occurred in Charlottesville. Read full statement➤
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) after Hurricane Harvey made initial contact along the Texas Gulf Coast. Read full statement➤
Governor McAuliffe (D-VA) on Confederate monument removal. Read full statement➤
Sen. Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana Read full press release➤
Health Care Amendments:
S Amdt 270: This amendment would have replaced the ACA with the Better Care Reconciliation Act, also known as the “repeal and replace” option.
S Amdt 271: Senate also voted on a bill that would have replaced the ACA with the “Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017,” or the “repeal-only” option.
S Amdt 340: This amendment would have expanded Medicare coverage, providing comprehensive health insurance for all United States residents.
S Amdt 667: The final health care vote to pass an amendment that would have replaced the ACA with the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017, or the “skinny repeal” option.
WI AB 1: Wisconsin House members voted to pass a bill that provides tax and financial incentives for manufacturers. More specifically, it establishes an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone.
TX HB 214: This Texas bill requires individuals to purchase supplementary insurance for coverage of non-emergency abortions. The bill has received controversial media attention.
IL HB 1785: This Illinois bill simplifies the procedures for having the sex designation on an individual’s birth certificate changed.
IL HB 2462: This Illinois bill prohibits employers from asking job applicants their wage history. Gov. Rauner (R-IL) vetoed the legislation on 08/25/2017.
IL SB 81: This Illinois bill authorized an increase in the state’s minimum wage. Gov. Rauner vetoed the legislation on 08/25/2017.
Want to read more about the Senate health care votes? Read "Did the Senate vote to repeal Obamacare?" for more!
John Curtis (R) won his primary for the US House of Representatives in Utah.
Sandy Crawford (R) won her race for Missouri State Senate Dist. 28,
Sara Walsh (R) won her race for Missouri State House Dist. 50.
Dawn Euer (D) won her race for Rhode Island State Senate Dist. 13.
Vincent Migliore (R) won his race for New Hampshire State House Grafton 9.
Phil Miller (D) won his race for Iowa State House Dist. 82.
Oklahoma held a primaries for State Senate District 45.
Mississippi State House District 102 - Sept. 12, 2017
New Hampshire State House Belknap 9 - Sept. 12, 2017
Oklahoma State House District 46 - Sept. 12, 2017
Oklahoma State Senate District 37 (Primary) - Sept. 12, 2017
New Hampshire State House Hillsborough 15 (Primary) - Sept. 19, 2017
New Hampshire State House Sullivan 1 (Primary) - Sept. 19, 2017
Massachusetts State Senate Bristol and Norfolk (Primary) - Sept. 19, 2017
Florida State House District 116 - Sept. 26, 2017
Florida State Senate District 40 - Sept. 26, 2017
New Hampshire State House Rockingham 4 - Sept. 26, 2017
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