Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.Con.Res.71, FY18 budget resolution.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Congressional Budget Resolution–Agreement: Senate began consideration of H. Con. Res. 71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Enzi Amendment No. 1116, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Prior to the consideration of this measure today, Senate took the following action:
      • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 219), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the resolution.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, that it be in order to call up Hatch Amendment No. 1144 and Sanders Amendment No. 1119, that the time until 3 p.m. be for debate on the amendments, equally divided between the managers, or their designees, and following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on or in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
    • House Messages:
      • National Defense Authorization Act: Senate began consideration of the message from the House of Representatives to accompany 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.
      • Senate insisted on its amendment, agreed to the request by the House for a conference, and authorized the Presiding Officer to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators McCain, Inhofe, Wicker, Fischer, Cotton, Rounds, Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, Perdue, Cruz, Graham, Sasse, Strange, Reed, Nelson, McCaskill, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Donnelly, Hirono, Kaine, King, Heinrich, Warren, and Peters.
    • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 79 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. EX. 218), David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

 

Today

  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.Con.Res.71, FY18 budget resolution, and it be in order to call up the following amendments:
    • Sanders amendment #1119 (Medicaid)
    • Hatch amendment #1144 (side-by-side to Sanders)
  • The time until 3:00pm will be for debate on the amendments and upon the use or yielding back of time the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments.
  • Senator Enzi announced that senators should be prepared for additional amendment votes to occur during the series.
  • Wednesday, October 18 at 3:00pm – at least 2 roll call votes expected
    • 1.      Hatch amendment #1144 (Sanders side-by-side)
    • 2.      Sanders amendment #1119 (Medicaid)
  • Amendments pending to H.Con.Res.71, FY18 budget resolution
    • Enzi amendment #1116 (substitute)
  • In order to be called up—
    • Sanders amendment #1119 (Medicaid)
    • Hatch amendment #1144 (side-by-side)

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.1976 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to allow all individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market the option to purchase a lower premium copper plan.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 10/17/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1970 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a public health plan.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 10/17/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1967 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide additional exemptions to the individual mandate, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 10/17/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.1974 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require transparency in the tax code by requiring federally funded tax credits to be disclosed in the USASpending.gov website.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 10/17/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.