Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider eight bills under suspension of the rules and consider H.R. 2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #369, Joan Larsen, of Michigan, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2921, to establish a vegetation management pilot program on National Forest System land to better protect utility infrastructure from passing wildfire;
    • Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act:
      • H.R. 2941, to provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana;
    • Authorizing the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District:
      • H.R. 3567, to authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District; and
    • South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2521, to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for purposes of appointment to the Peanut Standards Board, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 591.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3903 – Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Budd / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1585 – Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert / Financial Services Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3279 – Helium Extraction Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1074 – To repeal the Act entitled “An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation” (Sponsored by Rep. Rod Blum / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 2600 – To provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1488 – The Indiana Dunes National Park Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Visclosky / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 425 – FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.Res. 422 – Urging adherence to the “one country, two systems” policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman / Agriculture Committee / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Schrader / DeFazio / Panetta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ro Khanna Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Tom O’Halleran Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Tony Cardenas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. DeFazio / Schrader / Walden Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. LaMalfa / DeSaulnier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Pearce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Larsen Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Joan Louise Larsen, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 60 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 256), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, that at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, there be 30 minutes of post-cloture time remaining on the nomination, equally divided between the Leaders, or their designees, and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 255), Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #369, Joan Larsen, of Michigan, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, post-cloture. By consent, at 11:30 AM there will be 30 minutes of post-cloture time remaining on the nomination, equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Larsen nomination and the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Allison Eid (10th Circuit).
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #432, Allison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #433, Stephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of debate.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Export-Import Bank Nominations Hearing

House Financial Services
Examining the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program

House Energy and Commerce
Securing Consumers’ Credit Data in the Age of Digital Commerce

House Judiciary
Net Neutrality and the Role of Antitrust

George Washington University
Opioid Use: An Epidemic of Addiction, Not Abuse

President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Fifth Public Meeting

House Financial Services
Data Security: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities for Improvement

House Select Intelligence
Russia Investigation

 

 Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.4174 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, improve Federal data management, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan, Paul D. [R-WI-1] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

Energy

S.2041 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to promote the use of resilient energy systems to rebuild infrastructure following disasters.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4199 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Attorney General to establish a national pharmaceutical stewardship program to facilitate the collection and disposal of prescription medications.
Sponsor: Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4191 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate an officer within the Department of Health and Human Services as having primary responsibility for the information security (including cybersecurity) programs of the Department, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4190 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to ensure the equitable distribution of resources to address the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4178 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for reform to and a permanent extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4169 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the enrollment restriction on certain physicians and practitioners prescribing covered outpatient drugs under the Medicare prescription drug program.
Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/31/2017 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…

S.2042 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize a joint action plan and report on drug waste.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 10/31/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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