Today’s Daily Update

TThe House is expected to consider S J Res 34 that would disapprove of the FCC’s broadband privacy rule. The Senate will resume consideration of Treaty 114-12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Requiring the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster: H.R. 1117, amended, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 195;
      • Disaster Simplified Assistance Value Enhancement Act: H.R. 1214, amended, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a program to use simplified procedures to issue public assistance for certain projects under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
      • Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2017: H.R. 654, amended, to direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 196.

 

Today

  • Noon
    • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a measure (S J Res 34) that would disapprove of the FCC’s broadband privacy rule.
    • Time TBA
  • Bills:
    • S J Res 34 — A joint resolution 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”.

Senate

 

Yesterday

 

  • Measures Passed:
    • Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution:
    • Committee on Rules and Administration was discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 30, providing for the reappointment of Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the resolution was then passed.
    • Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution:
    • Committee on Rules and Administration was discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 35, providing for the appointment of Michael Govan as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the resolution was then passed.
    • Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution:
    • Committee on Rules and Administration was discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 36, providing for the appointment of Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the resolution was then passed.
  • Appointments:
    • Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the President of the Senate, pursuant to Public Law 106–286, appointed the following Member to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China: Senator King.
    • Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of T.D. 114–12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  • Pending:
    • McConnell Amendment No. 193, to change the enactment date.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 194 (to Amendment No. 193), of a perfecting nature.
  • During consideration of this treaty today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 97 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 97), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the treaty.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the treaty at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017; and that all time during Leader remarks, morning business, recess, and adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture.
  • Nominations Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • 58 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
      • 4 Army nominations in the rank of general.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1, Treaty 114-12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, post-cloture. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will dispose of any pending amendments and vote on ratification of the treaty.
    • Amendments pending to Montenegro Treaty #114-12
      • McConnell SA #193 (date change)
      • McConnell SA #194 to SA #193 (date change)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Companies”

NTSB
Board Meeting

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Self-Driving Cars: Levels of Automation”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Endangered Species Act Consultation Impediments to Economic and Infrastructure Development”

House Homeland Security Committee
“The Current State of DHS’ Efforts to Secure Federal Networks”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Arbitrary and Inconsistent Non-Bank SIFI Designation Process”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“The Budget, Diplomacy, and Development”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining FDA’s Medical Device User Fee Program”

House Judiciary Committee
“Restoring Enforcement of our Nation’s Immigration Laws”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Reviewing Challenges in Federal IT Acquisition”

House Financial Services Committee
“The State of Bank Lending in America”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Cyber Threats to U.S. Electric Grid”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.737 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal leasing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 03/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 03/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 

Environment

H.R.1731 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] (Introduced 03/27/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 03/27/2017 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

S.738 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 03/27/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 03/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.728 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY] (Introduced 03/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 03/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 

Health

H.R.1732 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to add certain synthetic substances to schedule I, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15] (Introduced 03/27/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: 03/27/2017 Referred to House Judiciary

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