Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider one bill under suspension of the rules and will complete consideration of H.R. 3823 – Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of Ralph R. Erickson, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017:
      • S. 327, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports; and
      • Protecting the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports: H.R. 3229, amended, to protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure. Consideration began Monday, September 25th.
    • Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia:
      • H. Res. 311, amended, recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 540; and
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “Reaffirming the 40 years of relations between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the shared pursuit of economic growth and regional security in Southeast Asia.”.
    • Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017:
      • The House considered H.R. 3823, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and to provide disaster tax relief. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in H. Rept. 115–333 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 538, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3823) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 539, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 538.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 1866 – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • H.R. 2792 – Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 3823 – Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Veterans Affairs: Senate passed H.R. 3819, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    • Bankruptcy Judgeship Act:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2266, to amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Inhofe (for Grassley) Amendment No. 1106, in the nature of a substitute.
    • National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 269, designating September 2017 as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”.
  • Measures Considered:
    • National Defense Authorization Act:
      • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1519, 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.
    • Erickson Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Ralph R. Erickson, of North Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 28, 2017, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 87 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. EX. 204), Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
    • By 73 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. EX. 205), Makan Delrahim, of California, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #312, Ralph R. Erickson, of North Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided.
  • At 10:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Erickson nomination.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #251, Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission. That cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the Erickson nomination.
  • Thursday at 10:30am – 1 roll call vote expected
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #312, Ralph R. Erickson to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit
  • Additional roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
North Korea Sanctions

House Financial Services
Examining Insurance for Nonprofit Organizations

Senate Indian Affairs
Roundtable on “Best Practices in Tribal Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement: Federal Permitting and Infrastructure Project Review in Indian Country.”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3846 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require payment to counties of a portion of certain revenues received by the United States under Federal oil and gas leases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1876 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to advance energy storage deployment by reducing the cost of energy storage through research, development, and demonstration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1875 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric grid, to increase the competitiveness of the United States economy, to protect consumers, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1874 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish certain demonstration grant programs relating to the demonstration of advanced distribution systems, smart water heaters, vehicle-to-grid integration, and granular retail electricity pricing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3857 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to establish standards of conduct for brokers and dealers that are in the best interest of their retail customers.
Sponsor: Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

H.R.3854 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide that the Executive Order entitled “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input” shall have the force and effect of law.
Sponsor: Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

S.1879 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.3858 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (67)
Committees: House – Appropriations, Budget
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2017 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, 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.

S.1872 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize the programs of the Transportation Security Administration relating to transportation security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 09/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

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