Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #105, Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • National Defense Authorization Act: By 89 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 199), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
  • Adopted:
    • McCain/Reed Modified Amendment No. 1003, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Reed (for Kaine) Amendment No. 277, to provide for the establishment of a visitor services facility on the Arlington Ridge tract, Virginia.
    • Reed (for Tester) Amendment No. 434, to convert the authority for a National Language Service Corps into a requirement for such a Corps.
    • Reed (for Heitkamp/Sullivan) Amendment No. 574, to expand the SkillBridge initiative to include participation by Federal agencies.
    • Reed (for Merkley) Amendment No. 660, to treat the service of recipients of Boren scholarships and fellowships in excepted service positions as service by such recipients under career appointments for purposes of career tenure under title 5, United States Code.
    • Reed (for Whitehouse) Amendment No. 750, to extend temporarily the extended period of protection for members of uniformed services relating to mortgages, mortgage foreclosure, and eviction.
    • Reed (for Van Hollen) Amendment No. 756, to require a report on compliance with Department of Defense and Service policies regarding runway clear zones.
    • Reed (for Murray) Amendment No. 833, to provide for the promotion of financial literacy concerning retirement among members of the Armed Forces.
    • Reed (for Brown) Amendment No. 890, to ensure the continued designation of the Secretary of the Air Force as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for the program carried out under title III of the Defense Protection Act of 1950.
    • Reed (for Cardin/Portman) Amendment No. 900, to require a report on the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) and to provide a limitation on use of funds.
    • Reed (for Leahy) Amendment No. 903, to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct a feasibility study and cost estimate for a pilot program that uses predictive analytics and screening to identify mental health risk and provide early, targeted intervention for part-time members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces.
    • Reed (for Baldwin/Moran) Amendment No. 904, to prohibit or suspend certain health care providers from providing non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care services to veterans.
    • Reed (for Peters/Stabenow) Amendment No. 950, to authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to increase the Primary Aircraft Authorization of Air Force or Air National Guard A–10 aircraft units in the event conversion of an A–10 unit is in the best interest of a long-term Air Force mission.
    • Reed (for Heitkamp) Amendment No. 976, to express the sense of Congress on use of test sites for research and development on countering unmanned aircraft systems.
    • Reed (for Cantwell/Murray) Amendment No. 995, to extend the authorization of the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health.
    • Reed (for Stabenow) Amendment No. 1014, to require the Government Accountability Office to evaluate Buy American training policies for the Defense acquisition workforce.
    • Reed (for Whitehouse) Amendment No. 1015, to encourage the United States Trade Representative to consider the impact of marine debris in future trade agreements.
    • Reed (for Harris) Amendment No. 1021, to require a review of effects of personnel requirements and limitations on the availability of members of the National Guard for the performance of funeral honors duty for veterans.
    • Reed (for Sanders) Amendment No. 1023, to authorize the provision of support for Beyond Yellow Ribbon programs.
    • Reed (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 1065, to increase funding for environmental restoration for the Air Force, and to provide an offset.
    • Reed (for Bennet/Gardner) Amendment No. 1087, to recognize the National Museum of World War II Aviation.
    • Reed (for Wyden) Amendment No. 1088, to authorize an additional $10,000,000 for the National Guard for training on wildfire response, and to provide an offset.
    • Reed (for Kaine) Amendment No. 1089, to establish opportunities for scholarships related to cybersecurity.
    • Reed (for Cortez Masto) Amendment No. 1094, to express the sense of Senate on increasing enrollment in Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs at minority-serving institutions.
    • Reed (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1100, to modify the basis on which an extension of the period for enlistment in the Armed Forces may be made under the Delayed Entry Program.
    • McCain (for Lee) Amendment No. 470, relating to mechanisms to facilitate the obtaining by military spouses of occupational licenses or credentials in other States.
    • McCain (for Moran/Tester) Amendment No. 601, to require the Secretary of Defense to declassify certain documents related to incidents in which members of the Armed Forces were exposed to toxic substances.
    • McCain (for Portman) Amendment No. 712, to require a plan to meet the demand for cyberspace career fields in the reserve components of the Armed Forces.
    • McCain (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 780, to increase the maximum term for intergovernmental support agreements to provide installation support services.
    • McCain (for Ernst) Amendment No. 873, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit to Congress a report on the utilization of small businesses with respect to certain Federal contracts.
    • McCain Amendment No. 874, to limit authorized cost increases in military construction projects.
    • McCain (for Johnson/Flake) Amendment No. 879, to amend title 46, United States Code, to provide greater flexibility to the Coast Guard in deciding the Federal district court in which to prosecute individuals engaged in drug trafficking.
    • McCain (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 908, to authorize the modification of the Second Division Memorial.
    • McCain (for Rubio) Amendment No. 927, requiring a report on the availability of postsecondary credit for skills acquired during military service.
    • McCain (for Isakson/Perdue) Amendment No. 943, to authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to enter into an agreement providing for the joint use of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Georgia with civil aviation.
    • McCain (for Flake) Amendment No. 945, to require information on Department of Defense funding in Department press releases and related public statements on programs, projects, and activities funded by the Department.
    • McCain (for Moran) Amendment No. 1006, to modernize Government information technology.
    • McCain (for Tillis) Amendment No. 1031, to require a certification and report related to the enhanced multi mission parachute system.
    • McCain (for Perdue/Isakson) Amendment No. 1033, to require a report related to the E–8C JSTARS recapitalization program.
    • McCain (for Strange) Amendment No. 1034, to express the sense of Congress regarding fire protection in Department of Defense facilities.
    • McCain (for Lankford) Amendment No. 1038, to ensure transparency in acquisition programs.
    • McCain (for Rounds) Amendment No. 1039, to devolve acquisition authority from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to the military services.
    • McCain (for Scott/Brown) Amendment No. 1050, to increase funding for research, development, test, and evaluation for historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions of higher education.
    • McCain (for Portman) Amendment No. 1055, to require a report on cyber applications of blockchain technology.
    • McCain (for Tillis) Amendment No. 1063, to modify the definition of custom-developed computer software.
    • McCain (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 1073, to improve section 1653, relating to ground-based interceptor capability, capacity, and reliability.
    • McCain (for Strange) Amendment No. 1086, to authorize $600,000,000 in increased funding for the procurement of one Littoral Combat Ship for the Navy above the President’s budget request.
    • McCain (for Graham/Whitehouse) Amendment No. 1096, to prohibit multichannel video programming distributors from being required to carry certain video content that is owned or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation.
    • McCain (for Isakson/Perdue) Amendment No. 1032, to prohibit the availability of funds for retirement of E–8 JSTARS aircraft.
  • Withdrawn:
    • McConnell (for McCain) Amendment No. 545 (to Amendment No. 1003), of a perfecting nature.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 90 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. 198), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the bill, as amended, be printed as passed by the Senate.
    • Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act: Senate passed S. 188, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the costs of painting portraits of officers and employees of the Federal Government.
    • School Bus Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 260, designating September 2017 as “School Bus Safety Month”.
    • Alaska Wild Salmon Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 261, recognizing the month of September 2017 as “Alaska Wild Salmon Month”.
    • 70th Anniversary of the Air Force: Senate agreed to S. Res. 262, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Air Force as an independent military service and celebrating the Air Force for 70 years of serving and defending the United States.
    • Emanuel Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of William J. Emanuel, of California, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States.
  • Prior to consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Francisco Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States, at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided between the two leaders or their designees; and that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time expire at 12:15 p.m., and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination with no intervening action or debate.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #105, Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States. Cloture has been filed on the nomination and will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes, at approximately 11:00am. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will expire at 12:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Francisco nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #176, William Emanuel, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Additional roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session.
  • Tuesday, September 19th at 11:00am – 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #105, Noel J. Francisco, to be Solicitor General
  • Tuesday, September 19th at 12:15pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #105, Noel J. Francisco, to be Solicitor General

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Agriculture
Nominations of Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Markup of Pending Nominations

Senate Finance
Business Tax Reform

Senate Commerce
S. 1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3806 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a national data breach notification standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 09/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: 09/18/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

 

Health

H.R.3807 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for activities to increase the awareness and knowledge of health care providers and women with respect to ovarian and cervical cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 09/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1827 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 09/18/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1825 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the accuracy of geographic adjustment factors under the Medicare program and to permanently extend certain adjustments to such factors for certain localities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 09/18/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.