Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 2910 – Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act. The Senate will resume consideration John Kenneth Bush, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Amending the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility:
      • H.R. 2786, amended, to amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 384;
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project:
      • H.R. 2828, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project; and
    • Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3050, amended, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide Federal financial assistance to States to implement, review, and revise State energy security plans.
    • Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017:
      • The House passed H.R. 806, to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 391.
    • Rejected the Cartwright motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 390.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–26 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
  • Rejected:
    • McNerney amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to strike the underlying bill and replace it with a grant program to benefit regions with the poorest air quality;
    • Castor (FL) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to halt implementation of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 if the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee finds that application could increase health risks to vulnerable populations including children, seniors, pregnant women, outdoor workers, and minority and low-income communities (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 385);
    • Tonko amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to strike subsection (b) of Section 3, which would allow EPA to consider technological feasibility when determining what level of pollution is safe (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 386);
    • Beyer amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to strike subsection (h) of section 3 (relating to exceptional events) (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 387);
    • Polis amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to close the loophole which prevents aggregating emissions from any oil or gas exploration or production well; additionally, it sought to require the EPA to add hydrogen sulfide to the list of hazardous air pollutants (by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 388); and
    • McNerney amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–229) that sought to strike section 6 of the bill (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 389).
    • H. Res. 451, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 806) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 383, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 382.

 

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: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 2910 – Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Tsongas / McGovern / Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Stephen Lynch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Don Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • H.R. 2883 – Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Eliot Engel Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Tsongas / McGovern / Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Marc Veasey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Bush Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017; and that the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 92 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. EX. 162), Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #170, John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. Cloture has been filed on the Bush nomination and the motion will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes, approximately 10:30am, and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #100, David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. The cloture motion will ripen immediately upon disposition of the Bush nomination.
  • Wednesday, July 19th at approx. 10:30am– 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #170, John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Natural Resources
Endangered Species Act Reform Legislation

House Ways and Means
Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicare Program

House Appropriations Committee
Markup of the FY2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill; and the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill

House Budget
FY2018 Budget Markup

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Water Resources Reform and Development

House Energy & Commerce
Markup of Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment

House Financial Services
Restricting North Korea’s Access to Finance

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform

House Education and the Workforce
Markup: Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act

Senate Competitiveness Caucus
“Faster and Safer Drug Production through Continuous Manufacturing”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3290 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Energy to initiate the development of voluntary model pathways for modernizing the electric grid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3287 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Director of the Congressional Budget Office to calculate a carbon score for each bill or resolution.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Rules, Budget
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on 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 committee concerned.

H.R.3286 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Energy to issue regulations regarding disclosure of oil data, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3285 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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 concerned committee.

 

Health

H.R.3291 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for a State option to provide for maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3278 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3276 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Judiciary, House Administration, Rules, Appropriations
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

 

Tax

H.R.3277 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for health insurance premiums.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 07/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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