Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 and three bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will hold its weekly caucus meetings.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act:
        • H.R. 511, to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of non-application of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems;
      • Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards Act:
        • H.R. 587, to amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review;
      • Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 590, to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies;
      • EPS Improvement Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 518, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies;
      • Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 290, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission;
      • Anti-Spoofing Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 423, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to expand and clarify the prohibition on provision of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 60;
      • Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act:
        • H.R. 588, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a study on network resiliency during times of emergency;
      • Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 555, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to amend its rules so as to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land use restrictions;
      • Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 460, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the United States in the delivery of such communications;
      • Amending the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens:
        • H.R. 599, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens; and
      • Kari’s Law Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 582, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 61.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Judiciary Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 589 – Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 600 – Digital GAP Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 601 – READ Act (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Deadly Attack:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 19, denouncing the deadly attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, honoring the lives of the victims, offering condolences to their families, friends, and all those affected, and commending the efforts of law enforcement and emergency response personnel in responding to the incident.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 66 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. EX. 32), Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:45am on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Republicans controlling the first 15 minutes and Democrats controlling the next 30 minutes.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. Roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Brady on the 2017 committee agenda

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Defense Budget for FY2018 and Onwards”

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
“Committee Organization/Pending Legislation/DOT Nomination”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Organizational Meeting, and to vote on the nomination of Dr. Carson to be Secretary of HUD”

Senate Finance Committee
“The Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be HHS Secretary”

House Budget Committee
“The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Examining the Effectiveness of the Individual Mandate under the Affordable Care Act”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“The Nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be OMB Director”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.614 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under the section 8 rental assistance voucher program to remain current with respect to local property and school taxes and to authorize a public housing agency to use such rental assistance amounts to pay such tax debt of such an owner, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 01/23/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 01/23/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

S.194 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a public health insurance option, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 01/23/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 01/23/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.191 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve patient choice by allowing States to adopt market-based alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that increase access to affordable health insurance and reduce costs while ensuring important consumer protections and improving patient care.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 01/23/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/23/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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