Senate Republicans are planning to pass more than 300 pieces of legislation in 2017, including several pieces that are not in the official legislative branch record, according to an analysis released Thursday.
The full Senate will vote on the bill proposals on March 17, with a final vote expected after the Memorial Day holiday.
Senate Democrats will have the final say on legislation before the House of Representatives, with the two chambers expected to work on similar measures in 2018.
The legislation, which is likely to face a difficult confirmation battle, is likely a result of Republicans controlling the White House, Senate majority and both chambers of Congress since 2020.
“The fact that we are in a time of great partisanship and a time when it is impossible to find a common ground is one of the reasons why we can see the Republican majority being able to pass bills on such an unprecedented scale,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement Thursday.
“It is hard to overstate the impact this legislation has had on American families and our economy.
It has made our communities safer, made our country stronger, and it has made us a better place to live, work and play.”
More than 50 of the legislation’s proposals, including some on the Supreme Court and on immigration, are now in the record.
A handful of bills that were never debated or passed, such as a measure that would bar insurance companies from charging older Americans more for coverage and a proposal to bar federal agencies from using the Federal Aviation Administration’s authority to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, are in the history books.
Senators will debate a bill on Monday that would extend federal subsidies for low-income people to help pay for their mortgage and other bills, including a bill that would make it easier for states to adopt voter-ID laws, which could give Democrats a boost in the midterm elections.