Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 849 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of Allison Eid, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Unanimous Consent Agreement:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to consider House Resolution 599 in the House, if called up by the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs or his designee; that the resolution be considered as read; that the previous question be considered as ordered on the resolution and preamble to adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by Representative Royce and Representative Khanna or their respective designees; and that notwithstanding any previous order of the House, the provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution shall not apply to House Concurrent Resolution 81.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3903, amended, to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to expand the ability to use testing the waters and confidential draft registration submissions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 599;
    • Amending the Securities Act of 1933 to codify certain qualifications of individuals as accredited investors for purposes of the securities laws:
      • H.R. 1585, amended, to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to codify certain qualifications of individuals as accredited investors for purposes of the securities laws;
    • Helium Extraction Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3279, to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to provide that extraction of helium from gas produced under a Federal mineral lease shall maintain the lease as if the helium were oil and gas;
    • Repealing 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”:
      • 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”;
    • Providing for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa:
      • H.R. 2600, amended, 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;
    • Indiana Dunes National Park Act:
      • H.R. 1488, amended, to retitle Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park;
      • Foreign Terrorist Organizations Passport Revocation Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 425, amended, to authorize the revocation or denial of passports to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations; and
      • 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:
        • H. Res. 422, amended, 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;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “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 Hong Kong.”.
  • Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 2936, to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 598.
  • Rejected the O’Halleran motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 597.
  • 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 115–36, in lieu of the amendments in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Schrader amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that strikes “produce timber” as a forest management activity designated for Categorical Exclusion;
    • Cárdenas amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with other relevant Departments, to conduct a study to evaluate the feasibility, safety and cost effectiveness of using unmanned aerial vehicles for the purposes of supporting wildfire response and suppression as well as forest restoration and management;
    • DeFazio amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that adds land exclusions to Sec. 913, including Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Wilderness Act, lands managed under the National Trails System; and
    • Pearce amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that establishes a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding natural resources (by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 596).
  • Rejected:
    • Khanna amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that sought to strike Subtitle B of Title III, the Forest Management Activity Arbitration Pilot Program, from the bill (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 594); and
    • O’Halleran amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that sought to strike sections 801 and 903 (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 595).
  • Withdrawn:
    • LaMalfa amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–378) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have directed OPM to create a “wildland firefighter” occupational series.
  • H. Res. 595, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2936) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 593, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 592.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 849 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Eid Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Allison H. Eid, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 258), 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 Thursday, November 2, 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 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 60 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. EX. 257), Joan Louise Larsen, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #432, Allison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • At 11:30am, there will be 30 minutes of post cloture time remaining on the Eid nomination equally divided. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Eid nomination.
  • Thursday at 12:00 Noon – 2 roll call votes
    • 1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #432, Allison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #433, Stephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Additional roll call votes are possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Politico
The Opioid Crisis: Crucial Next Steps

Food and Drug Administration
ADUFA public meeting

House Select Intelligence
Russian Election Tampering

House Energy and Commerce
Energy Infrastructure Hurricane Recovery

House Science, Space, and Technology
Putting Food on the Table – A Review of the Importance of Agriculture Research

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
National Biodefense Strategy: Implementation and Implications

Food and Drug Administration
AGDUFA public meeting

Brookings Institute
Fixing the U.S. retirement system

House Financial Services
Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform, Part II

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Across the Aisle: A Conversation on our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

 

 Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4205 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to establish a three-judge independent examination review panel.
Sponsor: Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.4215 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that providers of services receive adequate payments for the acquisition of hematopoietic stem cells under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4206 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize the physician self-referral prohibitions to promote care coordination in the merit-based incentive payment system and to facilitate physician practice participation in alternative payment models under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2017 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.4200 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for temporary funding for health insurance cost-sharing reduction payments and provide targeted tax relief, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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 the committee…

S.2057 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prevent conflicts of interest that stem from the revolving door that raises concerns about the independence of pharmaceutical regulators.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 11/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.2055 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to better address substance use and substance use disorders among young people.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 11/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2052 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for temporary funding for health insurance cost-sharing reduction payments and provide targeted tax relief, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2051 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize the physician self-referral prohibitions to promote care coordination in the merit-based incentive payment system and to facilitate physician practice participation in alternative payment models under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Infrastructure

H.R.4209 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To rebuild the Nation’s infrastructure, provide a consumer rebate to the American people, assist coal country, reduce harmful pollution, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] (Introduced 11/01/2017) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 11/01/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be…

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