Wednesday: Russia in the Senate, 'lunatic' bill in the House

Trade has divided Republicans and Democrats for several years, but Democrats broadly supported the bill in the House last month because it includes language that could lead to sanctions against Russian officials for human-rights violations. House Democrats praised the bill's mix of trade and human-rights elements as a possible template for future trade agreements.

ADVERTISEMENT
The House meets at 9 a.m. to consider up to eight suspension bills, including one that would strike the word "lunatic" from U.S. law. Votes are expected around noon, and once those votes take place, the House will have finished its planned work for the week.

The suspension bills are:

• H.Res. __, accepting the Senate amendments to H.R. 2838, the Coast Guard Authorization Act,

• S.Con.Res. 50, a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multi-stakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived,

• H.R. 6620, ensuring Secret Service protection for the life of former U.S. presidents and their spouses,

• H.R. 6602, making technical corrections to U.S. law dealing with national observances,

• H.R. 6605, eliminating an unnecessary reporting requirement for an unfunded DNA Identification grant program,

• H.R. 6223, amending U.S. law to clarify that a period of employment abroad by certain U.S. officials in Iraq or Afghanistan will be counted as a period of residence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization,

• S. 3486, the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, implementing the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, and the Patent Law Treaty, and

• S. 2367, 21st Century Language Act, striking the word "lunatic" wherever it appears in the U.S. code.