Today’s Daily Update

The House is not in session. The Senate continues debate on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. The nomination vote is expected around 6:50 pm.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 91 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 44) disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 57) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 58) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
      • – ADOPTED 234 – 187, Roll Call No. 81
        • Republican YEA – 234; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 187
    • H. Res. 91 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 44) disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 57) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 58) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
      • – ADOPTED 233 – 186, Roll Call No. 82
        • Republican YEA – 233; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 186
    • H.J. Res. 44 — “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.”
      • – PASSED 234 – 186, Roll Call No. 83
        • Republican YEA – 230; NAY – 4
        • Democrat YEA – 4; NAY – 182
    • H.J. Res. 57 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.”
      • – PASSED 234- 190, Roll Call No. 84
        • Republican YEA – 234; NAY – 1
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 189
    • H.J. Res. 58 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
      • – PASSED 240 – 181, Roll Call No. 85
        • Republican YEA – 235; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 5; NAY – 181

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • The Senate approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of the Department of Education by a vote of 51 to 50 with Vice President Pence casting the tie breaking vote.
  • The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General by a vote of 52 to 47.

 

Today

  • The Senate remains in session from the legislative day that began on Feb. 6, 2017. Votes are expected at 6:50 p.m. on the nomination of Sen. Jeff B. Sessions to be attorney general, and on cloture on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Oversight: Modernizing our Nation’s Infrastructure”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.955 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing a Cyber Defense National Guard.
Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Intelligence (Permanent)
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence

H.R.923 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
Sponsor: Rep. Amash, Justin [R-MI-3] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Intelligence (Permanent), Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

 

Energy

H.R.958 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Science, Space, and Technology

H.R.928 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State.
Sponsor: Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Natural Resources, Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

S.335 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the development and production of all forms of energy on all available Federal land.
Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resource

S.334 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State.
Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.970 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 41, United States Code, to require the submission of data relating to diversity by certain contractors, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the submission of such data by issuers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.948 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to replace the mortgage interest deduction with a nonrefundable credit for indebtedness secured by a residence, to provide affordable housing to extremely low-income families, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.924 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to establish a three-judge independent examination review panel.
Sponsor: Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.915 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.910 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.898 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.327 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.325 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.975 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.959 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.938 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide clarification with respect to the liability of third party payers for medical assistance paid under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.934 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reduce prescription drug costs by allowing the importation and reimportation of certain drugs.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.930 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.
Sponsor: Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.908 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate a provision under the Medicare Advantage program that inadvertently penalizes Medicare Advantage plans for providing high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

 

Regulatory Review

H.R.978 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish an independent advisory committee to review certain regulations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform, Rules
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Rules

 

Tax

S.321 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt amounts paid for aircraft management services from the excise taxes imposed on transportation by air.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

Transportation

H.R.966 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for the TIGER discretionary grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Appropriations, Budget
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to House Budget

H.R.932 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to develop performance measures for assessing transportation connectivity and accessibility for highway and public transportation systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/07/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 02/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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