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2019 National Legislative Branch Key Votes


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Oct. 31, 2019 National H Res 660 Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (232 - 196)
Sept. 27, 2019 National SJ Res 54 A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 Bill Passed - House (236 - 174)
Sept. 26, 2019 National SJ Res 54 A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 41)
July 17, 2019 National H Res 497 Recommending that The House of Representatives Find William P. Barr, Attorney General of The United States, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce, in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with Subpoenas Duly Issued by The Committee on Oversight and Reform Bill Passed - House (230 - 198)
June 11, 2019 National H Res 430 Authorizing the Committee on The Judiciary to Initiate or Intervene in Judicial Proceedings to Enforce Certain Subpoenas and For Other Purposes Bill Passed - House (229 - 191)
Jan. 9, 2019 National HR 264 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019 Bill Passed - House (240 - 188)
Jan. 3, 2019 National HR 21 Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (241 - 190)