Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.J.Res. 40 – Providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 and H.J.Res. 37 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.38, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H.Res. 71 — ” Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 41) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”, and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 40) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.”
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 191, Roll Call No. 70
        • Republican YEA – 231; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 191
    • H.Res. 71 — ” Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 41) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”, and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 40) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.”
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 191, Roll Call No. 71
        • Republican YEA – 231; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 191
    • H.J. Res. 41 – “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – PASSED 231 – 191, Roll Call No. 72
          • Republican YEA – 230; NAY – 4
          • Democrat YEA – 5; NAY – 183
    • H.J. Res. 38 – “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – PASSED 228 – 194, Roll Call No. 73
          • Republican YEA – 224; NAY – 9
          • Democrat YEA – 4; NAY – 185

Today

  • On Thursday, 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 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • H.J.Res. 40 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.J.Res. 37 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State; confirmed: 56-43.
    • Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote on confirmation of the Tillerson nomination; agreed to: 55-43.
    • Motion to proceed to Legislative Session; agreed to: 53-44.
    • Shall the Journal stand approved to date; agreed to: 54-44.
    • Motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #11, Elisabeth DeVos, to be Secretary of Education; agreed to: 52-47.
    • Motion to proceed to Legislative Session; agreed to: 55-42.
    • Motion to proceed to H.J.Res.38 (CRA – streams); agreed to: 55-42.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.40, designating the week beginning on February 5, 2017, as “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week”.
    • Adopted S.Res.41, raising awareness and encouraging the prevention of stalking by designating January 2017 as “National Stalking Awareness Month”.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.274 (Feinstein).

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.38, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. There will be 6 hours of debate remaining, equally divided between the opponents and proponents.
  • As a reminder, today Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Under the rules, Thursday will be an intervening day. The cloture motion on the DeVos nomination will ripen as early as 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, February 3. If cloture is invoked, there will then be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a vote on confirmation.
  • Action on additional CRAs – including votes – are expected during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Improving Security and Efficiency at OPM and the National Background Investigations Bureau”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Patient Relief from Collapsing Health Markets”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Reauthorization of National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)”

House Financial Services Committee
“Organizational Meeting”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.786 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

S.273 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for the protection and recovery of the greater sage-grouse by facilitating State recovery plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.263 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.262 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the section 45 credit for refined coal from steel industry fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

Financial Services

H.R.808 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose nonnuclear sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Intelligence (Permanent), Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform

H.R.790 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal certain provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business, in the manner provided in the Banking Act of 1933, the so-called “Glass-Steagall Act”, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.270 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit the use of premiums paid to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as an offset for other Federal spending.
Sponsor: Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Budget
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

 

Health

H.R.807 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (46)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.797 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the matching requirement for a territory to use specially allocated Federal funds for Medicare covered part D drugs for low-income individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.260 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.253 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.252 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program.
Sponsor: Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.251 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board in order to ensure that it cannot be used to undermine the Medicare entitlement for beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.798 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide equitable treatment for residents of Puerto Rico with respect to the refundable portion of the child tax credit and to provide the same treatment to families in Puerto Rico with one child or two children that is currently provided to island families with three or more children.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.792 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the section 45 credit for refined coal from steel industry fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.782 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount excluded from gross income for employer-provided dependent care assistance.
Sponsor: Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

S.272 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to enhance the security operations of the Transportation Security Administration and the stability of the transportation security workforce by applying a unified personnel system under title 5, United States Code, to employees of the Transportation Security Administration who are responsible for screening passengers and property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.271 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to strengthen highway funding in the near term, to offer States additional financing tools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 02/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.