Today’s Daily Update

The Senate is expected to resume consideration of the nomination of David Joel Trachtenberg, to be Principle Deputy Under Secretary of the Defense Department.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Recognizing the African-American Soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 99, recognizing the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who were massacred in Wereth, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Condemning the Attack at a Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada: Senate agreed to S. Res. 292, condemning the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, honoring the memory of the victims of the deadly shooting, offering condolences to, and expressing support for, the families and friends of the victims and all of the individuals who were affected by the attack, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, medical professionals, hotel security and staff, and community members in responding to the attack.
    • Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 26, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Chair of Honor.
    • Child Protection Improvements Act: Senate passed S. 705, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a voluntary national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, after withdrawing the committee amendments, and agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1112, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1113, to amend the title.
    • Child Protection Improvements Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 695, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a voluntary national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1114, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1115, to amend the title.
    • Appointments:
      • Congressional Award Board: The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 96–114, as amended, appointed the following individual to the Congressional Award Board: Laura O’Conner of Utah vice Wiley Dobbs of Idaho.
    • Trachtenberg Nomination–Agreement: Senate began consideration of the nomination of David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, as provided for under the order of Thursday, October 5, 2017.
    • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • By 70 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. EX. 217), Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Holy See.
      • Henry Kerner, of California, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years.

 

Today

  • The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of the nomination of David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be Principle Deputy Under Secretary of the Defense Department. At 10:30 a.m., the chamber is expected to vote on confirmation of the Trachtenberg nomination. The chamber will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to allow for weekly caucus lunches.
  • Nominations:
    • David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be Principle Deputy Under Secretary of the Defense Department.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
Interior-Environment Appropriations

Senate Banking
Consumer Data Security/Credit Bureaus

Senate HELP
Cost of Prescription Drugs (Part II)

Senate Appropriations
Fiscal 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.1962 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide relief to community banks, to promote access to capital for community banks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 10/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4073 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Opioid Immediate Suspension Order Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11] (Introduced 10/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 10/16/2017 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…

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