Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider three bills under suspension of the rules and complete consideration of H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 and H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017. The Senate is expected to proceed to 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.”

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 209 — “The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017.”
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 185, ROLL CALL 176
    • H. Res. 209 — “The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017.”
      • – ADOPTED 234 – 182, ROLL CALL 177
    • H.R. 1353 – “Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
      • – PASSED 414 – 2, ROLL CALL 178
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 210 — “The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017.”
      • – ADOPTED 233 – 186, ROLL CALL 179
    • H. Res. 210 — “The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017.”
      • – ADOPTED 233 – 186, ROLL CALL 180
    • H.R. 1297 – “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED 415 – 0, ROLL CALL 181

 

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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1302 – Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1238 – Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1365 – Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. J. Luis Correa / Homeland Security Committee)
    • Complete Consideration of H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
      • Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #21 and #22, en bloc – Charles R. Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission and Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission; confirmed: 98-0.
    • Passage of H.J.Res.69; passed: 52-47.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed H.R.1228, to provide for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during 2017, and for other purposes.
    • Passed H.R.244 with Blunt amendment, to encourage effective, voluntary investments to recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the United States military with annual Federal awards to employers recognizing such efforts, and for other purposes.
    • Adopted S.Res.81, recognizing the 196th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.1181, Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, we expect Senator McConnell will move to proceed to 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”.
  • Under the rules, there will be 10 hours of debate equally divided and upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
“The Nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Labor Secretary”

SEC
“Open Meeting”

House Rules Committee
“American Health Care Act”

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining Results and Accountability at the World Bank”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies”

House Homeland Security Committee
“A Borderless Battle: Defending Against Cyber Threats”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining FDA’s Prescription Drug User Fee Program”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Examining the Impact of Voluntary Restricted Distribution Systems in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“U.S. Policy Toward the Baltic States”

House Financial Services Committee
“The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S. Capital Markets”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.679 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the disclosure of information relating to cyberattacks on aircraft systems and maintenance and ground support systems for aircraft, to identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities to the United States commercial aviation system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1645 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers from certain auditor attestation requirements.
Sponsor: Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.682 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to provide for the purchase of paper United States savings bonds with tax refunds.
Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Health Care

H.R.1652 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.
Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1648 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for further comprehensive research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke on unruptured intracranial aneurysms.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.Res.215 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Expressing the fact that the House of Representatives supports the system for prescription drug coverage provided under part D of the Medicare program and believes that changes to such system should not be part of the American Health Care Act of 2017.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means.

S.689 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide women with increased access to preventive and life-saving cancer screening.
Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.670 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for the regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.1661 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the low-income housing credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1659 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide an exclusion from income for student loan forgiveness for students who have died or become disabled.
Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce.

H.R.1656 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for employers to establish student loan repayment programs and to make contributions to qualified tuition programs on behalf of children of employees.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1655 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for facilities using a qualified methane conversion technology to provide transportation fuels and chemicals.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.674 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the retirement income account rules relating to church controlled organizations.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.673 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to decrease the distance away from home required for a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces to be eligible for the above-the-line deduction for travel expenses.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.671 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income certain amounts realized on the disposition of property raised or produced by a student farmer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

S.680 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to protect consumers from security and privacy threats to their motor vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 03/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 03/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.