Today’s Daily Update

The House will conduct two postponed suspension votes and consider Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 244 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. The Senate is expected to move to proceed to H.J.Res.66, the State IRA congressional resolution of disapproval.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s current efforts to modernize its grant management system includes applicant accessibility and transparency, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 242.
    • Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017:
      • The House passed H.R. 1180, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 244.
    • Rejected the Scott (VA) 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 192 yeas to 234 nays, Roll No. 243.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–15 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.
    • H. Res. 299, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1180) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 241, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 240.
    • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed:
      • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Disaster Declaration Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 1665, amended, to ensure that Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers severe local impact in making a recommendation to the President for a major disaster declaration;
    • Amending the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments:
      • H.R. 1678, amended, 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
    • Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act:
      • H.R. 1644, amended, to enhance sanctions with respect to transactions relating to North Korea.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, 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: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 1665 – Disaster Declaration Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) 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)
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 244 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Measures Passed:
    • Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act:
      • Senate passed S. 141, to improve understanding and forecasting of space weather events, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • Modernizing Government Travel Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 274, to provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business.
    • DHS SAVE Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 366, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department’s vehicle fleet, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
    • National Safe Digging Month:
      • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 137, supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • World Malaria Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 149, supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.
    • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 61 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 118), Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2021.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • This evening Senator McConnell announced that he expects to move to proceed to H.J.Res.66, the State IRA congressional resolution of disapproval, between 10:30am and 11:00am.
  • As a reminder, if the motion to proceed is agreed to there would be up to 10 hours of debate on the joint resolution prior to a vote on passage.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“Financial CHOICE Act of 2017”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining Improvements to the Regulation of Medical Technologies”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Infrastructure Project Streamlining and Efficiency: Achieving Faster, Better, and Cheaper Results”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Legislation Addressing Pipeline and Hydropower Infrastructure Modernization”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“A review of Defense Innovation and Research Funding”

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