Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules and H.R. 3219 – Make America Secure Appropriations Act. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3178, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the delivery of home infusion therapy and dialysis and the application of the Stark rule under the Medicare program;
    • Plum Island Preservation Act:
      • H.R. 2182, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress on the alternatives for the final disposition of Plum Island, including preservation of the island for conservation, education, and research; and
    • Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act:
      • H.R. 3364, to provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 413.
    • Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”:
      • The House passed H.J. Res. 111, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”, by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 412.
    • H. Res. 468, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 111) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 411, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 410.
    • Health Information Technology Advisory Committee:
      • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following individual on the part of the House to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee: Ms. Cynthia A. Fisher of Newton, Massachusetts.

 

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: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3210 – SECRET Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2370 – Escambia County Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.Res. 317 – Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 3219 – Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, Rule Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for two hours of general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. Further amendments will be considered pursuant to an additional Rule later this week.
  • A list of the 72 amendments made in order by this Rule can be found at: https://rules.house.gov/sites/republicans.rules.house.gov/files/Rule_HR3219.pdf .

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act:
    • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2810, 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.
  • American Health Care Act–Agreement:
    • Senate began consideration of H.R. 1628, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017, taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
      • Pending:
        • McConnell Amendment No. 267, of a perfecting nature.
        • Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 271 (to Amendment No. 267), of a perfecting nature.
        • Donnelly motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance with instructions to report back with instructions.
  • Prior to the consideration of this measure today, Senate took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 50 nays, Vice President voting yea (Vote No. 167), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the consideration of the bill.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 43 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 168), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to McConnell Amendment No. 270 (to Amendment No. 267), of a perfecting nature. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 311(a)(2)(B) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the time from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, be equally divided between the managers, or their designees, that at 11:30 a.m., Senator Murray, or designee, be recognized to make points of order, and that Senator Enzi, or designee, be recognized to make a motion to waive, and that following the motion to waive, Senate vote on or in relation to Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 271 (to Amendment No. 267) (listed above), and following disposition of the amendment, the time until 3:30 p.m. be equally divided on Donnelly motion to commit (listed above), with a vote on the motion at 3:30 p.m.; and that following disposition of Donnelly motion to commit, Senator Murray, or her designee, be recognized to offer an additional motion to commit.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (Republican reconciliation bill) with approximately 17 hours of debate remaining (8’ 32” per side).
  • The time from 9:30am until 11:30am will be equally divided between the managers or their designees. At 11:30am Senator Murray, or designee, will be recognized to make a point of order against Paul amendment #271 (ACA repeal) and Senator Enzi, or designee, will be recognized to make a motion to waive. Following the motion to waive, the Senate will vote in relation to Paul SA #271.
  • Following disposition of the amendment, the time until 3:30pm will be equally divided on the Murray or designee motion to commit with a vote on the motion at 3:30pm.  Upon disposition of the Murray motion, Senator Murray or her designee (Casey) will be recognized to offer an additional motion to commit.
  • Wednesday, July 26th at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes
    • Motion to waive points of order with respect to Paul amendment #271
    • Adoption of Paul amendment #271 (ACA repeal)
  • Wednesday, July 26th at 3:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Donnelly motion to commit (protecting Medicaid)
  • Amendments pending to H.R.1628, American Health Care Act of 2017
  • McConnell SA #267 (repeal ACA and to cure Byrd rule violations)
  • Enzi for Paul amendment #271 (ACA repeal)
  • Donnelly motion to commit (protecting Medicaid)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
Health Rx: Building Affordability and Access

House Agriculture
Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture

Senate Appropriations
Treasury Budget

House Small Business
Small Business Cybersecurity Insurance

House Energy and Commerce
Wholesale Electricity Markets

Senate Judiciary
Oversight of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections

House Oversight and Government Reform
Office of National Drug Control Policy

House Science, Space, and Technology
STEM/Computer Science Education

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Examining the Extension of Medicare Advantage’s Special Needs Plans

House Homeland Security Committee
Markup of H.R. 3202, Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act; H.R. ___, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
Genetically Modified Foods and Trade

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Infrastructure Permitting

Senate Commerce
Nominations Hearing

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3393 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To increase cybersecurity education and job growth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 07/25/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: 07/25/2017 Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of…

 

Financial Services

H.R.3389 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To give priority in allocation of rental assistance vouchers under the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to areas having the largest populations of homeless veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] (Introduced 07/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3394 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reauthorize section 340H of the Public Health Service Act to continue to encourage the expansion, maintenance, and establishment of approved graduate medical residency programs at qualified teaching health centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 07/25/2017) Cosponsors: (49)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3378 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require reporting of certain data by providers and suppliers of air ambulance services for purposes of reforming reimbursements for such services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 07/25/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/25/2017 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.

 

Tax

H.R.3395 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow tax free distributions from section 529 college savings plans for certain expenses associated with registered apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 07/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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