Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House is not in session. 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Department of Labor Rule–Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of H.J. Res. 42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants, after agreeing to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 2 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
  • Coats Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • McMaster Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr., to be Lieutenant General.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 86), Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants. A vote on passage of the joint resolution is possible during Tuesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, today Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nominations of Executive Calendar #23, Dan Coats, to be Director of National Intelligence and Executive Calendar #19, Herbert McMaster Jr., to be Lieutenant General. The cloture motion with respect to the Coats nomination will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 15.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“The Nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be USTR”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Improving Energy Infrastructure”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part I”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Continuing to Improve Truck Safety on our Nation’s Highways”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.613 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to provide for the consideration by State regulatory authorities and nonregulated electric utilities of whether subsidies should be provided for the deployment, construction, maintenance, or operation of a customer-side technology.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 03/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 03/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.610 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to promote transparency by permitting the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to allow its disciplinary proceedings to be open to the public, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 03/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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