Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of H.R. 998 – SCRUB Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture. The House and Senate will reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s Address.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act: H.R. 88, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System;
      • Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017: H.R. 228, amended, to amend the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to facilitate the ability of Indian tribes to integrate the employment, training, and related services from diverse Federal sources;
      • Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act: H.R. 699, to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to modify provisions relating to certain land exchanges in the Mt. Hood Wilderness in the State of Oregon, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 100;
      • Facilitating the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park: H.R. 863, to facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 369 yeas to 42 nays, Roll No. 102; and
      • Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act: H.R. 1033, to amend titles 5 and 28, United States Code, to require the maintenance of databases on, awards of fees and other expenses to prevailing parties in certain administrative proceedings and court cases to which the United States is a party.

 

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 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • The House will recess no later than 5:00 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:25 p.m.
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 998 – SCRUB Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Don Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Martha McSally Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Plaskett / Courtney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Bonamici / Davis (CA) /  Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Bonamici / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jamie Raskin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Elijah Cummings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Joint Session Escort Committee–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Presiding Officer of the Senate be authorized to appoint a committee on the part of the Senate to join with a like committee on the part of the House of Representatives to escort the President of the United States into the House Chamber for the joint session to be held at 9 p.m., on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Zinke Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Ryan Zinke, of Montana, to be Secretary of the Interior.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 67 yeas to 31 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 74), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, February 28, 2017; and that all time during Leader remarks, morning business, recess and adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 72 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. EX. 73), Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture.
  • At 9:00 p.m., President Donald Trump will address a Joint Session of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.
  • All senators are invited to attend the joint session.  The Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 8:20 p.m. and depart from the Senate Chamber at 8:25 to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following cabinet nominations:
    • Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
    • James Richard Perry (Secretary of Energy)
    • Each cloture petition will ripen upon disposition of the previous nomination, and each nomination is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Crowdfunding in the U.S.

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Providing More Students a Pathway to Success by Strengthening Career and Technical Education”

House Financial Services Committee
“Markup of FY18 Budget Views and Estimates”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“At What Cost? Examining the Social Cost of Carbon”

House Judiciary Committee
“Markup of  H.R.372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017; H.R.1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017”

Heritage Foundation
Securities Regulation Working Group

Senate Select Intelligence
“The Nomination Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence”

House Homeland Security Committee
“The Future of FEMA”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.1224 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to implement a framework, assessment, and audits for improving United States cybersecurity.
Sponsor: Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

 

Energy

S.453 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in any proposed rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions and imposes increased costs on other Federal agencies an offset from funds available to the Administrator for all projected increased costs that the proposed rule would impose on other Federal agencies.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.452 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to delay the enforcement and implementation of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1219 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand the investor limitation for qualifying venture capital funds under an exemption from the definition of an investment company.
Sponsor: Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.444 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand the investor limitation for qualifying venture capital funds under an exemption from the definition of an investment company.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1231 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a program to increase the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.1223 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize an extension of exclusivity periods for certain drugs that are approved for a new indication for a rare disease or condition, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.456 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a program to increase the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.455 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count resident time spent in a critical access hospital as resident time spent in a nonprovider setting for purposes of making Medicare direct and indirect graduate medical education payments.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.448 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.445 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.1233 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish an emergency flood activity pilot program to assist flood response efforts in response to a levee failure or potential levee failure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 02/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.