Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to consider a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.34, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

House

 

Yesterday

  • Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 372, to restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers, by a recorded vote of 416 ayes to 7 noes, Roll No. 184. Consideration began yesterday, March 21st.
  • Rejected the Rosen 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 yea-and-nay vote of 189 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 183.
  • H. Res. 209, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 372) was agreed to yesterday, March 21st.
  • Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1101, to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees, by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 186.
  • Rejected the Shea Porter motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 185.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–9 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Herrera Beutler amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–51) that clarifies that existing association health plans may continue to operate under existing state and federal law.
    • H. Res. 210, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1101) was agreed to yesterday, March 21st.
  • Suspension:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Securing our Agriculture and Food Act: H.R. 1238, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 187.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017: H.R. 1302, to require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel; and
  • Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act: H.R. 1365, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness Rule: By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 93), Senate passed 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”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services Rule–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S.J. Res. 34, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.34, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”.  A roll call vote on passage of the joint resolution is possible before lunch.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #20, David Friedman, to be Ambassador of the United States to Israel. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture motion will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, March 24th.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Judiciary Committee
“The Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017”

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
“The Nomination of Jay Clayton to be a Member of the SEC”

Senate Agriculture Committee
“The Nomination of Sonny Perdue to Serve as USDA Secretary”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“FAA Reauthorization: Perspectives on Improving Airport Infrastructure and Aviation Manufacturing.”

CSPC
“Briefing Matter: Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws-NPR”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.1667 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 11 of the United States Code in order to facilitate the resolution of an insolvent financial institution in bankruptcy.
Sponsor: Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Health

H.R.1676 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.693 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 

Tax

H.R.1688 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To avoid duplicative annual reporting under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce

H.R.1686 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the limitation on the carryover of excess corporate charitable contributions by regulated public utilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.1671 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the provision of social security numbers as a condition of receiving the health insurance premium tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1670 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To eliminate the incentive for corporations to continue to hold accumulated earnings offshore, to invest in domestic infrastructure, to provide for international tax reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Rules
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to House Rules

S.695 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to avoid duplicative annual reporting under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Transportation

H.R.1669 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish the American Infrastructure Fund, to provide bond guarantees and make loans to States, local governments, and infrastructure providers for investments in certain infrastructure projects, and to provide equity investments in such projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (23)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1664 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to index the gas and diesel tax and rebuild our roads, bridges, and transit systems.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 03/22/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 03/22/2017 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

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