Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider one bill under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 1654 – Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Fixing Internal Response to Misconduct Act:
      • H.R. 2131, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Department of Homeland Security to improve consistency regarding discipline and adverse actions in the Department’s workforce; and
    • DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1282, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Acquisition Review Boards in the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Acquisition Review Board in the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”.
    • Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act:
      • The House passed H.R. 1873, to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands, by a recorded vote of 300 ayes to 118 noes, Roll No. 315.
      • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Sinema amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–186) that ensures personnel of the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service involved in vegetation management decisions on transmission and distribution rights-of-way receive training on how unmanned technologies can be used to identify vegetation management needs, lower energy costs, and reduce the risk of wildfires; and
      • Beyer amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–186) that prohibits any loss of funds for wild-fire suppression.
    • Rejected:
      • Carbajal amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–186) that sought to ensure that owners and operators of electric transmission and distribution facilities submit management plans to the Secretary (by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 314).
    • H. Res. 392, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1873) and (H.R. 1654) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 313, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 312.
    • Presidential Messages:
      • Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to the Western Balkans is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2017–referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115–48).
    • Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to North Korea is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2017–referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115–49).

 

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 votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2353 – Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • H.R. 1654 – Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Doug LaMalfa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Billingslea Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 65 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 151), 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, post-cloture, at approximately 11 a.m., on Thursday, June 22, 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 96 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 150), Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury, post-cloture.
  • Upon disposition of the Billingslea nomination, there will be an immediate cloture vote on Executive Calendar #115, Kristine Svinicki, of Virginia, to be Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Center for Strategic and International Studies
EU Efforts and Transatlantic Cooperation in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

House Armed Services
National Defense Authorization Act

Senate Agriculture
Nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be CFTC Chairman

House Natural Resources
Interior Budget

Senate Banking
Fostering Economic Growth

Senate Appropriations
FY2018 budget for the National Institutes of Health

House Agriculture
The Next Farm Bill: University Research

SEC
Investor Advisory Committee

Senate Commerce
Marine Debris: Efforts on Marine Debris in the Oceans and Great Lakes

House Ways and Means
U.S. Trade Policy Agenda

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America

Department of Commerce
Section 232 hearing – Aluminum Imports

National Academy of Sciences
You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: A Congressional Forum

House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 2786; H.R. 2883; H.R. 2910; H.R. ___, Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017; and H.R. ___, Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1404 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide for expanded natural gas exports.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.1389 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to allow the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to provide greater protection to servicemembers.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2986 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to restrict Members of Congress who represent a State with a premium age band waiver, approved under the amendments made by the American Health Care Act of 2017, to the highest age band premium for health insurance coverage that is available under the waiver.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – House Administration, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee…

H.R.2985 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to restrict Members of Congress who represent a State with an essential health benefits (EHB) waiver, approved under the amendments made by the American Health Care Act of 2017, to the lowest actuarial value health insurance coverage that is available under the waiver.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – House Administration, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee…

H.R.2984 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to restrict Members of Congress who represent a State with a waiver approved under the amendments made by the American Health Care Act of 2017 to the same health insurance coverage as is available under such waiver to their constituents.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – House Administration, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee…

H.R.2974 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 06/21/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/21/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

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