Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules and will begin consideration of H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 910, amended, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 237;
    • Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act:
      • H.R. 1312, amended, to amend the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980 to require an annual review by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the annual government-business forum on capital formation that is held pursuant to such Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 238;
    • U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1366, to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to terminate an exemption for companies located in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other possession of the United States;
    • Follow the Rules Act:
      • H.R. 657, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to extend certain protections against prohibited personnel practices, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 239; and
    • 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act:
      • H.R. 1242, amended, to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1665 – Disaster Declaration Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1679 – FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1678 – To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lois Frankel / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1644 – Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Education and the Workforce Committee

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Measures Passed:
    • Silver Star Service Banner Day: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 135, expressing support for the designation of May 1, 2017, as “Silver Star Service Banner Day”, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. 371, to make technical changes and other improvements to the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Cornyn (for Corker) Amendment No. 209, to require that the comparative report on peacekeeping operations include an assessment of the operational, structural, and doctrinal differences between the military and civilian infrastructures of the United States and United Nations and other assumptions that impact cost estimates.
    • 18th Annual National Charter Schools Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 148, congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of charter schools across the United States for making ongoing contributions to education, and supporting the ideals and goals of the 18th annual National Charter Schools Week, to be held May 1 through May 5, 2017.
  • Clayton Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 60 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 117), 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 Tuesday, May 2, 2017, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided in the usual form; 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 Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, post-cloture. The time until 12:30pm will be equally divided.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. Roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Brookings Institute
“Reining in Prescription Drug Prices”

The Brookings Institution
“Continuity and Change in U.S.-Japan Economic Relations”

Council on Americas
Argentina’s Economic Outlook

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Oversight of U.S. Airline Customer Service”

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
“Examining the U.S. – EU Covered Agreements”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“The Nomination of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China”

House Financial Services Committee
“Financial CHOICE Act of 2017”

House Science, Space & Technology Committee
The “NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017” (H.R. 2105)

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Combating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicaid’s Personal Care Services Program”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
The ‘Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017’ (H.R. 2227)

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2272 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (29)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

S.999 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.991 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2277 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a discounted price in certain private offerings of securities.
Sponsor: Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2262 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require certain consumer reporting agencies to include a credit score when providing consumers with a free annual consumer report.
Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2273 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude cannabidiol and cannabidiol-rich plants from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.2263 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for greater transparency and information with respect to Federal expenditures under the Medicaid and CHIP programs in the territories of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 05/01/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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