Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider concurring in the Senate Amendment to 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. The Senate will resume consideration of Scott L. Palk, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, post-cloture. Following the vote on the confirmation of the Palk nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

House

 

Yesterday

  • 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–Rule for consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 580, providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the concurrent resolution (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, by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 583, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 582.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act:
    • H.R. 3342, amended, to impose sanctions on foreign persons that are responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use by Hizballah of civilians as human shields;
    • Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3329, amended, to amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah; and
      • Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members: H. Res. 359, amended, urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members.
  • Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 469, to impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 588.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–34.
  • Agreed to:
    • Collins (GA) amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–363) that clarifies the application of 5 U.S.C. 552a (The Privacy Act) to the bill.
  • Rejected:
    • Conyers amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–363) that calls for exception for consent decrees or settlement agreements relating to the enforcement of civil rights laws.
    • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–363) that sought to exempt any consent decree or covered settlement agreement pertaining to a deadline established by Congress to significantly improve access to high-speed broadband in under-served markets, such as low-income and rural communities; and to facilitate economic development in locations without sufficient access to such service (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 585);
    • McEachin amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–363) that sought to exempt any consent decree or settlement agreement pertaining to the improvement or maintenance of air or water quality (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 586); and
    • Cartwright amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–363) that sought to create additional exception for consent decrees or settlement agreements entered into pursuant to Meese Policy (by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 587).
  • H. Res. 577, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 469) and (H.R. 732) was agreed to yesterday, October 24th.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act:
    • H.R. 1698, amended, to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to the ballistic missile program of Iran.

 

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.
  • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to 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 (One Hour of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Budget Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • H.R. 1698 – Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act:
      • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1329, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2017, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and the bill was then passed.
    • Palk Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Scott L. Palk, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 79 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 250), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017; that at 12 noon, all post-cloture time on the nomination be considered expired, and that following disposition of the Palk nomination, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration Executive Calendar #117, Scott L. Palk, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, post-cloture. At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Palk nomination.
  • Upon disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #179, Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • Thursday at 12:00 Noon – 2 roll call votes
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #117, Scott L. Palk, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
    • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #179, Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • If cloture is invoked on the McFadden nomination, a vote on confirmation is possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Cyber Technology and Energy Infrastructure

Senate Banking
HUD Nominations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.4120 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a comprehensive interdisciplinary research and development initiative to strengthen the capacity of the electricity sector to neutralize cyber attacks.
Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology, Homeland Security, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within…

 

Energy

H.R.4126 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel production and emissions from public lands, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4118 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the publicly traded partnership ownership structure to energy power generation projects and transportation fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2005 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the publicly traded partnership ownership structure to energy power generation projects and transportation fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Health

H.R.4136 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to strengthen intensive cardiac rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 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.4133 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and eligible professionals to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits.
Sponsor: Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 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.4129 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a State public option through Medicaid to provide Americans with the choice of a high-quality, low-cost health insurance plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (24)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 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.4128 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow States with Exchanges with low-insurer participation to offer a Medicaid buy-in plan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 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.4117 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

H.R.4116 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to require reporting by drug manufacturers to increase transparency in drug pricing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2011 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the negotiation of lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and the establishment and application of a formulary by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Medicare part D, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2008 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to combat the opioid epidemic and drug sample backlogs.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2004 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to increase funding for the State response to the opioid misuse crisis and to provide funding for research on addiction and pain related to the substance misuse crisis.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 10/25/2017) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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