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 continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 89 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 220), Enzi (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1144 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to protecting Medicare and Medicaid.
      • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 223), Enzi (for Heller) Amendment No. 1146 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide tax relief to American families with children to provide them with more money in their paychecks to make ends meet.
      • Enzi (for Collins) Amendment No. 1151 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide tax relief to small businesses and to include provisions to prevent upper-income taxpayers from sheltering income from taxation at the appropriate rate.
      • Rejected:
      • By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 221), Enzi (for Sanders) Amendment No. 1119 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide additional resources to restore the $1,000,000,000,000 in cuts to Medicaid paid for by reducing the tax breaks for the wealthy.
      • By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 222), Enzi (for Nelson) Amendment No. 1150 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide additional resources to restore the $473,000,000,000 in cuts to Medicare paid for by closing special interest tax loopholes.
    • Pending:
      • Enzi Amendment No. 1116, in the nature of a substitute.
    • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 46 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 224), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of Enzi (for Sanders/Wyden) Amendment No. 1120 (to Amendment No. 1116), to ensure that there are no tax cuts for the top 1 percent of Americans. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment violates section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Thursday, October 19, 2017, that it be in order to call up the following amendments, the time until 11:45 a.m. be for debate on the amendments equally divided between the managers, or their designees, and that at 11:45 a.m., Senate vote on or in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes:
        • Wyden Amendment No. 1302, Capito Amendment No. 1393, and Cantwell Amendment No. 1141; and that following the disposition of Cantwell Amendment No. 1141, Warner Amendment No. 1138 be called up and the time until 2 p.m. be equally divided between the two managers, or their designees, and that at 2 p.m., Senate vote on or in relation to Warner Amendment No. 1138, with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the vote.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
  • 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:
    • 1.      Wyden amendment #1302 (strike Finance reconciliation)
    • 2.      Capito amendment #1393 (Cantwell side-by-side)
    • 3.      Cantwell amendment #1141 (SALT)
  • The time until 11:45am will be for debate on the amendments equally divided and at 11:45am the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments.
  • Following disposition of the Cantwell amendment, Warner amendment #1138 (strike PAYGO) will be called up and the time until 2:00pm will be equally divided. At 2:00pm the Senate will vote in relation to the Warner amendment.
  • Senators should expect a series of additional amendment votes during Thursday’s session in order to complete action on the budget resolution.
  • Thursday, October 19th at 11:45am – 3 roll call votes expected
    • 1.      Wyden amendment #1302 (strike Finance reconciliation)
    • 2.      Capito amendment #1393 (Cantwell side-by-side)
    • 3.      Cantwell amendment #1141 (SALT)
  • Thursday, October 19th at 2:00pm – at least 1 roll call vote
    • 1.      Warner amendment #1138 (strike PAYGO)
  • Amendments pending to H.Con.Res.71, FY18 budget resolution
    • Enzi amendment #1116 (substitute)

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1981 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to expedite approval of exports of small volumes of natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 10/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.1982 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to establish a national security freeze standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] (Introduced 10/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.1978 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to delay the annual fee on health insurance providers until 2020 and to make such fee tax-deductible.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 10/18/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1977 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the 7.5 percent threshold for the medical expense deduction for individuals age 65 or older.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 10/18/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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