Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

House

 

Friday

  • Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 720, to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 158.
  • Rejected the Lofgren 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 186 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 157.
  • Rejected:
    • Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 153);
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 154);
    • Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 155); and
    • Jeffries amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 156).
  • H. Res. 180, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 720) and (H.R. 985) was agreed to yesterday, March 9th.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 13, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #18, Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation.
  • Monday, March 13th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Education

H.R.1510 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the elimination of the Department of Education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Health

H.R.1508 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the recruitment of physicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sponsor: Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.1505 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the maximum market pay of physicians and dentists in the Veterans Health Administration who work in health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

 

Transportation

H.R.1501 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to apportionments to small transit intensive cities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.