Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3922 – CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017–Rule for consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 601, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3922) to extend funding for certain public health programs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 603, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 602.
  • Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 849, to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, by a yea-and-nay vote of 307 yeas to 111 nays, Roll No. 604.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 600, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 849) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 601, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 600.
  • Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 304, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with regard to the provision of emergency medical services.

 

Today

  • On Friday, 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.
  • H.R. 3922 – CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Engel Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
  • 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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, November 2, 2017, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • 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.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination.
  • Robb Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Peter B. Robb, of Vermont, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • 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 Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Wehrum Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of William L. Wehrum, of Delaware, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 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 Peter B. Robb, of Vermont, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Kan Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.
  • 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 William L. Wehrum, of Delaware, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Nominations–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the pending cloture motions ripen at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017; and that at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Senate proceed to the consideration of the nomination of John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense, as under the previous order of Thursday, October 26, 2017.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 259), Allison H. Eid, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • By 53 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 261), Stephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4235 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize a review of financial services industry requirements of the People’s Republic of China and the implications of such requirements on national security interests of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/02/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, 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…

 

Health

H.R.4229 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To extend the transition to new payment rates for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program and amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to update the Medicare budget neutrality requirement for oxygen.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (53)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/02/2017 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.4225 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by clarifying that State Exchanges are prohibited from imposing fees or assessments on issuers of excepted benefits and standalone dental plans not sold through an Exchange.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2067 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of certain DNA Specimen Provenance Assay clinical diagnostic laboratory tests.
Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2065 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2059 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a 90-day period for the determination of whether a MIPS eligible professional or eligible hospital is a meaningful EHR user and to remove the all-or-nothing approach to meaningful use, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.4233 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the fraudulent overreporting of income with respect to the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] (Introduced 11/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.