Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 720 – Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017. The Senate is not in session.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 985, to amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants, by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 201 noes with 1 answering “present”, Roll No. 148.
  • Rejected the Kildee motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 147.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-5 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
  • Agreed to:
    • Goodlatte amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that strikes the prohibition on the use of the same class counsel if the named plaintiff is a present or former client, or has a contractual relationship with, the class counsel; carves out private securities litigation class actions from the conflict of interest and stay of discovery sections, gives federal courts 90 days to review the sufficiency of the allegations verification submissions made in the section on multi-district litigation, and makes other technical, conforming, and clarifying changes.
  • Rejected:
    • Deutch amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to strike the provision on conflicts of interest (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 140);
    • Deutch amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to strike the fee determination based on equitable relief provision (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 141);
    • Soto amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to strike section 1721 to allow discovery to proceed while motions are pending (by a recorded vote of 192 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 142);
    • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to exempt civil actions alleging fraud (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 143);
    • Conyers amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to exempt civil rights actions from the bill’s class action provisions (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 144);
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to replace the substantive text of the bill with a requirement that the bankruptcy asbestos trust report quarterly an aggregate list of demands received and payments made (by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 145); and
    • Espaillat amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-29) that sought to exempt a claimant who is or has been living in public housing or any dwelling unit for which rental assistance provided under section 8 (by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 146).
  • H. Res. 180, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 720) and (H.R. 985) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 139, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 138.
  • Innocent Party Protection Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 725, to amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent fraudulent joinder, by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 152.
  • Rejected the Kuster motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 151.
  • Rejected:
    • Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-27) that sought to create an exception for instances of public health risks, including byproducts of hydraulic fracturing, well stimulation, or any water contamination (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 149); and
    • Cartwright amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115-27) that sought to create a separate exception for plaintiffs seeking compensation resulting from the bad faith of an insurer (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 150).
  • H. Res. 175, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 725) was agreed to yesterday, March 8th.
  • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission: Representative Thompson (CA).

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • H.R. 720 – Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Darren Soto Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Rule: By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 84), Senate passed 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.
    • Recognizing the Contributions of AmeriCorps: Senate agreed to S. Res. 86, recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni to the lives of the people of the United States.
  • Appointments:
    • Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 114-323, appointed the following individual to serve as a member of the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission: Ambassador Cliff Sobel of Florida.
    • United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: 
      • The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 99-93, as amended by Public Law 99-151, appointed the following individuals to serve as members of the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: Senators Grassley, Cornyn, Risch, and Perdue.
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, pursuant to provisions of Public Law 106-79, appointed the following Senator to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission: Senator Cochran vice Senator Moran.
  • Verma Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 85), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, following Leader remarks on Monday, March 13, 2017, Senate resume executive session for the consideration of the nomination, and that the vote on confirmation of the nomination occur at 5:30 p.m.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.1465 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

S.594 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.592 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to support meeting the increasing needs of the United States for a cybersecurity and information assurance workforce by reinvigorating and modifying the Information Assurance Scholarship Program of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Armed Services
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

Energy

H.R.1464 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to convene an effort to make available to standard-developing organizations a consistent, authoritative set of climate information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.1458 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene fuels.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1459 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To place the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research under the regular appropriations process, to provide for certain quarterly reporting and public notice and comment requirements for the Office of Financial Research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.588 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify what constitutes a general solicitation under the Federal securities laws, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1480 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the personal importation of safe and affordable drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada.
Sponsor: Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1476 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit individuals eligible for Indian Health Service assistance to qualify for health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Tax

H.R.1466 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a high quality child care tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

S.586 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the treatment of foreign corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 03/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 03/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

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