Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1694 – Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor and discussions will continue on a path forward on the appropriations process.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1695, to amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights, by a yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 48 nays, Roll No. 227.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–13 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Judy Chu (CA) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–95) that specifies that nothing in the bill shall impact the mandatory deposit requirements of title 17; and
    • Deutch amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–95) that requires the Register of Copyrights to be capable of identifying and supervising a Chief Information Officer or similar official responsible for managing information technology systems (by a recorded vote of 410 ayes to 14 noes, Roll No. 226).
    • H. Res. 275, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1695) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 225, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 224.
    • Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 275, H. Res. 254 was laid on the table.
    • Health Information Technology Advisory Committee–Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she appointed the following individual to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee: Dr. Steven Lane of Palo Alto, California.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, 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 vote expected: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) 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” (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • H.R. 1694 – Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Jason Chaffetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Plaskett / Capuano Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Acosta Nomination–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 61 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 27, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, April 27, 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, post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, all post cloture time on the nomination will expire at approximately 6:00pm. Discussions continue on a path forward on the appropriations process.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking Committee
“Assessing Russia Sanctions”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Mitigating Damage and Recovering Quickly from Disasters”

House Financial Services Committee
“Safeguarding the Financial System from Terrorist Financing”

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Cyber-Enabled Information Operations”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2158 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.2157 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2181 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the consolidation of life insurance companies with other companies.
Sponsor: Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2172 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to remove the mandate on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee to focus on maximum employment.
Sponsor: Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.2170 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to allow the repair, expansion, and construction, without elevation, of agricultural structures located in special flood hazard zones, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.2148 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to clarify capital requirements for certain acquisition, development, or construction loans.
Sponsor: Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.10 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts and Too Big to Fail, holding Washington and Wall Street accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Agriculture, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, Rules, Budget, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce

 

Health

H.R.2164 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to liability under State and local requirements respecting devices.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2163 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require physicians and physician’s offices to be treated as covered device users required to report on certain adverse events involving medical devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.2171 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.2159 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reduce the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers.
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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