Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1973 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Amul Thapar, to be US Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017 and Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017–Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 352, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1973) to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1761) to amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 276, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 275.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, May 23rd.
    • Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation Act:
      • H.R. 2052, to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 277; and
    • Veterans Affairs Scheduling Accountability Act:
      • H.R. 467, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, and to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 278.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Amending title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees:
      • H.R. 1293, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees; and
    • Social Security Fraud Prevention Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 624, amended, to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on Federal documents sent by mail, and for other purposes.”.
  • Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 953, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, by a recorded vote of 256 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 282.
  • Rejected the McGovern motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 281.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–21 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
  • Rejected:
    • Esty amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–145) that sought to ensure that existing clean water protections apply to the release of these toxic chemicals into the environment (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 279); and
    • Huffman amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–145) that sought to protect commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries from the negative impacts of unregulated discharge (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 280).
  • H. Res. 348, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 953) was agreed to yesterday, May 23rd.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1973 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jim Costa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. O’Halleran/Sinema/Biggs Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • H.R. 1761 – Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Thapar Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Amul R. Thapar, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 136), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the vote on confirmation of the nomination occur at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 94 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 135), John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of State.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #59, the nomination of Amul Thapar, of Kentucky, to be US Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit. At 1:30pm, all post cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #54, the nomination of Courtney Elwood, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency. Unless an agreement is reached, the vote on cloture would occur upon disposition of the Thapar nomination. It’s possible an agreement is reached to move the timing of this vote.
  • Thursday at 1:30pm – 1 roll call vote expected
    • Confirmation of Amul Thapar to be US Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Stopping the Shipment of Synthetic Opioids: Oversight of U.S. Strategy to Combat Illicit Drugs”

Senate Budget Committee
“FY2018 Budget”

House Appropriations Committee
“FDA Budget”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Pending Nominations”

Senate Finance Committee
“Treasury Budget/Tax Reform”

Senate Agriculture Committee
“Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Homeland Security Budget”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1226 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to equalize liability and financial assurance requirements for onshore pipeline facilities that could discharge oil into the Great Lakes system with such requirements for offshore pipelines, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue an emergency order directing pipeline owners to comply with existing pipeline operating agreements or acquire sufficient resources to appropriately respond to possible oil spill incidents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1213 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to post a copy of the most recent response plan for each onshore oil pipeline on a publicly accessible website.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2622 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 31, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1224 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to carry out a Community Resilience Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2647 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 10 percent threshold on the deduction for medical expenses.
Sponsor: Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2641 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To promote the development of safe drugs for neonates.
Sponsor: Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2628 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment of individuals under the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.1227 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2633 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and make the credit fully refundable.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1210 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce tax rates across the board.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 05/24/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 05/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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