Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 998 – SCRUB Act and begin consideration of H.R. 1009 – OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture. Upon disposition of the Zinke nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act:
    • The House began consideration of H.R. 998, to provide for the establishment of a process for the review of rules and sets of rules. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, March 1st.
  • Agreed to:
    • Cummings amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that provides that a Commission member must not have been a registered lobbyist during the two-year period prior and must file financial disclosure reports in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act;
    • McSally amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that expands the scope of the nature of the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission’s review to ensure a rule or set of rules is compliant with certain provisions of the Congressional Review Act; and
    • DeSaulnier amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that requires the consideration of impacts to public health prior to repealing any federal rules under the bill (by a recorded vote of 348 ayes to 75 noes, Roll No. 105).
  • Rejected:
    • McNerney amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that sought to exempt from the bill rules relating to the physical and cyber security of the bulk-power system;
    • Plaskett amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that sought to provide that no funding will be authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 106);
    • Krishnamoorthi amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that sought to ensure that the SCRUB Act will not in any way hinder the safe and legal development and deployment of unmanned aerial systems (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 107); and
    • Krishnamoorthi amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–20) that sought to ensure that the SCRUB Act will not in any way weaken the protections afforded by noise restriction policies at and around airports (by a recorded vote of 192 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 108).
    • H. Res. 150, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 998) and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 83) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 104, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 103.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H .R. 998 – SCRUB Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • 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)
      • H.J.Res. 83 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Education and the Workforce Committee)
      • H.R. 1009 – OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Mitchell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Paul Mitchell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Ken Buck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. David Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mark Meadows Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jason Chaffetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Authorizing Expenditures by Committees of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 62, authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, and October 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.
    • Venezuela: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 35, expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional and democratic processes, including free and fair elections, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Rare Disease Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 73, designating February 28, 2017, as “Rare Disease Day”.
    • Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act Referral–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. 90, to survey the gradient boundary along the Red River in the States of Oklahoma and Texas, be discharged from the Committee on the Judiciary, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
    • Zinke Nomination–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Ryan Zinke, of Montana, to be Secretary of the Interior.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017; that following Leader remarks there be 20 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to the vote on confirmation of the nomination, followed by up to 10 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and if cloture is invoked on the nomination of Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., time be counted as if invoked at 1 a.m., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

 

Today

  • 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, with 20 minutes of debate equally divided followed by a vote on confirmation.
  • Upon disposition of the Zinke nomination, there will be up to 10 minutes of debate followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If cloture is invoked, time will be counted as if invoked at 1:00 a.m. that morning.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following cabinet nomination: James Richard Perry (Secretary of Energy). The cloture petition will ripen upon disposition of the previous nomination (Carson) and is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at approx. 10:30am – 2 roll call votes expected
    • Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment, and Auditing Act of 2017”

Securities and Exchange Commission
Open Meeting

House Appropriations Committee
“Member’s Day for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee”

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Legislative Proposals to Improve Health Care Coverage and Provide Lower Costs for Families”

House Armed Services Committee
“Cyber Warfare in the 21st Century: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities”

Senate Finance Committee
“The Nomination of Seema Verma as CMS Administrator”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Flood Control Infrastructure: Safety Questions Raised by Current Events”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: State of American Airports”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1240 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to House Foreign Affairs

 

Financial Services

H.R.1264 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide an exemption from rules and regulations of the Bureau of Consumer Financial protection for community financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1260 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide assistance to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide specialized housing and supportive services for elderly persons who are the primary caregivers of children that are related to such persons.
Sponsor: Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.1257 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the Securities Exchange Commission to refund or credit excess payments made to the Commission.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1244 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To clarify the National Credit Union Administration authority to improve credit union safety and soundness.
Sponsor: Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.462 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to refund or credit certain excess payments made to the Commission.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1246 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To exempt health insurance of residents of United States territories from the annual fee on health insurance providers.
Sponsor: Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.1245 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the importation of affordable and safe drugs by wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.477 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research and surveillance efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.476 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to exempt health insurance of residents of United States territories from the annual fee on health insurance providers.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.469 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the importation of affordable and safe drugs by wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and individuals.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.464 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a permanent Independence at Home medical practice program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.463 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.1262 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the tax treatment of certain life insurance contract transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

S.470 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and make the credit fully refundable.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

S.471 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to preserve State authority to regulate air carriers providing air ambulance service.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 02/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 02/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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