Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to consider HR 1695 — Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition: H. Con. Res. 35, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition;
      • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby: H. Con. Res. 36, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby;
      • Designating the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse”: H.R. 455, to designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse”;
      • Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017: H.R. 876, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 223;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.”.
      • Homeland Security for Children Act: H.R. 1372, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning;
      • U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act: H.R. 534, amended, to require the Secretary of State to take such actions as may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions; and
      • Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan: H. Res. 187, amended, relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 222.
      • Oath of Office–Fourth Congressional District of Kansas: Representative-elect Ron Estes presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a copy of a letter received from the Honorable Kris W. Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, indicating that, at the Special Election held April 11, 2017, the Honorable Ron Estes was elected Representative to Congress for the Fourth Congressional District, State of Kansas.
      • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
      • Repealing the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”: S. 496, to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1695) that would provide for the Register of Copyrights in the Library of Congress to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
  • Bills:
    • HR 1695 — Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Acosta Nomination–Agreement: Senate continued consideration the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally divided in the usual form; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination occur at 11:30 a.m.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 94 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 114), Rod J. Rosenstein, of Maryland, to be Deputy Attorney General.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor, with the time until 11:30am equally divided.
  • At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Acosta nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • As a reminder, at 3:00pm, at the White House, the Administration will brief Senators on North Korea. This is an all Senators briefing and is members only. Boarding will begin at 2:20pm at the Senate steps of the Capitol for a departure at 2:35pm.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
“The Hill’s Newsmaker Series: Prospects for Tax Reform”

Senate HELP Committee
“Vote the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; markup of S.652, the “Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017”; H.R.309, the “National Clinical Care Commission Act”; the “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017”; and S.849, the “Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act”

House Financial Services Committee
“A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Hazardous Material Transport Infrastructure”

House Armed Services Committee
“Defense IT/Acquisition Management”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“China’s Technological Rise”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2145 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit licenses or other authorization for United States persons to engage in activities relating to deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2133 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide regulatory relief to community financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2128 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to permit private persons to compel the Securities and Exchange Commission to seek legal or equitable remedies in a civil action, instead of an administrative proceeding, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2121 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to revise regulations to specify that certain funds shall not be taken into account when calculating any supplementary leverage ratio for custodial banks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

 

Health

H.R.2144 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the appropriate, risk-based classification of device accessories based on their intended uses.
Sponsor: Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2142 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.2123 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

S.934 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.925 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 

Tax

H.R.2143 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose a net worth tax of 14.25 percent on all individuals and trusts with a net worth of $10,000,000 or more.
Sponsor: Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2136 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exception from certain reporting requirements with respect to the foreign accounts of individuals who live abroad.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 04/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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