Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to consider five bills under suspension of the rules. , the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.2266, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Department of Homeland Security Accountability Enhancement Act:
      • H.R. 4038, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reassert article I authorities over the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Cuban Airport Security Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3328, to require a study regarding security measures and equipment at Cuba’s airports, require the standardization of Federal Air Marshal Service agreements, and require efforts to raise international aviation security standards;
    • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Reauthorization Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3551, amended, to amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 569;
    • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Reauthorization Act of 2017:
      • S. 504, to permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 570; and
    • Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 4010, amended, to amend the Revised Statutes of the United States and title 28, United States Code, to enhance compliance with requests for information pursuant to legislative power under Article I of the Constitution.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (HR 732) that would prohibit settlement agreements involving the U.S. government from requiring the other party to make a donation to a third party.
  • Bills:
    • HR 3101 — Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act
    • HR 3972 — Family Office Technical Correction Act
    • HR 3898 — Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act
    • HR 732 — Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act
    • HR 2142 — International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • SAFER Act: Senate passed S. 1766, to reauthorize the SAFER Act of 2013, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • House Messages:
    • Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2266, to amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 1568, to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 1569 (to Amendment No. 1568), of a perfecting nature.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 79 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 246), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
    • McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1570, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 1571 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1570), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1570 (listed above), fell.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 1572 (to Amendment No. 1571), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 1571 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1570) (listed above), fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the House message to accompany the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
  • Palk Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
    • 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 House message to accompany H.R. 2266, to amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • McFadden Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
    • 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 Scott L. Palk, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.2266, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, post-cloture. We expect that a vote on the motion to concur is likely during Tuesday’s session.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • Executive Calendar #117, Scott L. Palk, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; and
    • Executive Calendar #179, Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • We expect the first cloture vote to occur Wednesday morning. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Palk nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the McFadden nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation.
  • We could see consideration of the CFPB resolution of disapproval as early as Tuesday. There would be up to 10 hours of debate on the resolution prior to a vote.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
America’s Opioid Epidemic: Aging & Addiction

Health Affairs
Choosing Wisely: Opportunities and Challenges in Curbing Medical Overuse

House Financial Services
The Federal Government’s Role in the Insurance Industry

Senate Finance
Pending Nominations Vote

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing

House Appropriations Committee
The Role of Facilities and Administrative Costs in Supporting NIH-Funded Research

Alliance for Health Policy
Marketplace Open Enrollment Preview

House Homeland Security/House Education and the Workforce
Educating a Cyber Workforce

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.4097 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of methadone under Medicare part B.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 10/23/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/23/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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…

H.R.4094 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a public health plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] (Introduced 10/23/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/23/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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…