Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Patrick M. Shanahan, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

House

 

Friday

  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
    • The House passed H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, by a recorded vote of 344 ayes to 81 noes, Roll No. 378. Consideration began Wednesday, July 12th.
  • Rejected the Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Armed Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 377.
  • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.”.
  • Agreed to:
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 3 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: DesJarlais (No. 16); Plaskett (No. 49); Bera (No. 54); Kuster (No. 55); Jackson Lee (No. 56); Soto (No. 57); Conaway (No. 58); Pittenger (No. 59); DeSantis (No. 60); Velazquez (No. 61); Murphy (FL) (No. 62); Fitzpatrick (No. 63); Soto (No. 64); Schiff (No. 65); Schiff (No. 66); Schiff (No. 67; Kildee (No. 68); Delaney (No. 69); Comstock (No. 70); and Carbajal (No. 71);
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 4 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: Gottheimer (No. 72); Fitzpatrick (No. 73); Boyle (No. 74); Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) (No. 75); Wilson (SC) (No. 76); Thornberry (No. 77); Moulton (No. 78); Connolly (No. 79); Davidson (No. 80); Rohrabacher (No. 81); Poe (TX) (No. 82); Moore (No. 83); Nolan (No. 84); Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 85); Gallego (No. 86); Lamborn (No. 87); Nolan (No. 88); Engel (No. 89); Cheney (No. 90) and Walker (No. 91);
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 5 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: Engel (No. 92); Ted Lieu (CA) (No. 93); Crowley (No. 94); Gallagher (No. 95); Yoho (No. 96); Duncan (SC) (No. 97); Bishop (MI) (No. 98); Kelly (PA) (No. 99); Engel (No. 100); Soto (No. 101); Fitzpatrick (No. 102); Franks (No. 103); Lamborn (No. 104); Hunter (No. 106);
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 6 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: Simpson (No. 108); Bishop (UT) (No. 109); Bustos (No. 110); Brat (No. 111); Rice (SC) (No. 112); Ben Ray Luján (NM) (No. 113); Larsen (WA) (No. 114); Hunter (No. 116); Moulton (No. 117); Langevin (No. 118); Comstock (No. 119); Davidson (No. 120); and Marino (No. 121);
    • Lamborn amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that was debated on July 13th that normalizes the operational test and evaluation process for the ballistic missile defense system by conforming the condition for proceeding beyond low-rate initial production in line with all other major defense acquisition programs (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 373);
    • Byrne amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that classifies a vessel being repaired or dismantled to be a “recreational vessel” if the vessel shares elements of design and construction of traditional recreational vessels and is not normally engaged in a military or commercial undertaking when operating (by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 374);
    • Hunter amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that addresses forum selection for claims from foreign maritime crews (by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 375); and
    • McGovern amendment (No. 43 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that requires the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans) (by a recorded vote of 424 ayes with none voting “no”, Roll No. 376).
  • Rejected:
    • Tenney amendment (No. 122 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that sought to reinstate the Berry Amendment’s longstanding domestic sourcing requirement for stainless steel flatware and provides for a one year phase-in period; and
    • Franks amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that was debated on July 13th that sought to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct strategic assessments of the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification (by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 372).
  • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
  • H. Res. 440, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2810) was agreed to yesterday, July 13th.

 

Today

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2210 – To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.J.Res. 92 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to amend the Washington Area Transit Regulation Compact (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.J.Res. 76 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to a enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, July 17, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #157, Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • Monday, July 17th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #157, Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3259 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the establishment or support of a cybersecurity unit with the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 07/14/2017) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 07/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

Energy

H.R.3241 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider greenhouse gas emissions related to natural gas pipelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] (Introduced 07/14/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

Health

H.R.3258 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to improve cost sharing subsidies.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 07/14/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.3254 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on opioid manufacturers, to make the funds collected through such tax available for opioid (including heroin) abuse prevention and treatment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 07/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Budget
Latest Action: 07/14/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and the Budget, 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

H.R.3245 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to increase civil money penalties and criminal fines for Federal health care program fraud and abuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 07/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/14/2017 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.