Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017. The Senate will consider the nominations of Charles R. Breyer, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission; and Danny C. Reeves, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission. The vote on the nominations is expected at noon.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017: H.R. 1029, amended, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve pesticide registration and other activities under the Act, to extend and modify fee authorities;
      • 100 Years of Women in Congress Act: H.R. 382, to amend the Department of Agriculture program for research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to redesignate the program as the “Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program”;
      • TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017: H.R. 1309, to streamline the office and term of the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration;
      • Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act: H.R. 1294, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification regarding major acquisition program breaches, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 173;
      • DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017: H.R. 1249, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require a multiyear acquisition strategy of the Department of Homeland Security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 174; and
      • DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017: H.R. 1252, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for certain acquisition authorities for the Under Secretary of Management of the Department of Homeland Security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 175.
    • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed:
      • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
      • Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017: H.R. 1353, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain additional information to be submitted to Congress regarding the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration; and
      • Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017: H.R. 1297, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews.

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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1353 – Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1297 – Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)
    • Begin Consideration of H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Judiciary Committee)

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • The Senate met in pro forma session.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.
  • After morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the en bloc consideration of the following nominations:
    • Executive Calendar #21 – Charles R. Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission
    • Executive Calendar #22 – Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission
  • The time until 12:00 noon will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form. At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations en bloc with no intervening action or debate.
  • 12:00 noon Tuesday, March 21st—1 roll call expected:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #21 – Charles R. Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission; and
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #22 – Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“The CFPB’s Unconstitutional Design”

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
“FDA User Fee Agreements: Improving Medical Product Regulation and Innovation for Patients Part I”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“$125 Billion in Savings Ignored: Review of DOD’s Efficiency Study”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis”

House Financial Services Committee
“Ending the De Novo Drought: Examining the Application Process for De Novo Financial Institutions”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.1638 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2] (Introduced 03/20/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 03/20/2017 Referred to House Foreign Affairs

H.R.1637 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to authorize private parties to compel the Bureau to seek sanctions by filing civil actions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] (Introduced 03/20/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.1624 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to treat certain municipal obligations as level 2A liquid assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] (Introduced 03/20/2017) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Immigration

H.R.1627 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reinstate the returning worker exemption for H-2B visas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bergman, Jack [R-MI-1] (Introduced 03/20/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: 03/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Tax

H.R.1631 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the portion of wages and self-employment income subject to payroll taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13] (Introduced 03/20/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

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