Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider nine bills under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate will resume consideration of David G. Zatezalo, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health; vote on the nomination of Mark T. Esper, to be Secretary of the Army; vote on the Zatezalo nomination; and vote to invoke cloture on Joseph Otting, to be Comptroller of the Currency.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Designating the Democratic Cloakroom in the Hall of the House of Representatives as the “Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom”:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 615, designating the Democratic Cloakroom in the Hall of the House of Representatives as the “Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom”.
  • 21st Century Flood Reform Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 2874, to achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 630.
  • Rejected the Pascrell motion to recommit to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 190 yeas to 236 nays, Roll No. 629.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–408, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–408, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 616, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) and the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 627, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 626.
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
    • The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, by a yea-and-nay vote of 356 yeas to 70 nays, Roll No. 631.
  • H. Res. 616, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) and the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 627, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 626.

 

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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 2331 – Connected Government Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4174 – Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3369 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the “Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1207 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the “Tilden Veterans Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2873 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the “Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Brendan Boyle / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 3109 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the “Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3893 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the “Robert H. Jenkins Post Office”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2672 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the “Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 3821 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the “Zachary Addington Post Office”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 4374 – To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize additional emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • Begin Consideration of H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, Four Hours of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Zatezalo Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 52 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 273), 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 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  • Esper and Zatezalo Nominations–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 11:50 a.m., on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Mark T. Esper, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Army, that there be up to ten minutes of debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate; and that following disposition of the nomination of Mark T. Esper, all post-cloture time on the nomination of David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, be considered expired.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. EX. 272), Steven Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #383, David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, post-cloture.
  • At 11:50am, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #463, Mark T. Esper, to be Secretary of the Army, with up to 10 minutes of debate followed by a vote on confirmation of the Esper nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Esper nomination, all post-cloture time on Executive Calendar #383, David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Zatezalo nomination.
  • By the rules, upon disposition of the Zatezalo nomination, cloture will immediately ripen on Executive Calendar #300, Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency, and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • Wednesday, November 15th at 12:00 Noon – 3 roll call votes
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #463, Mark T. Esper, to be Secretary of the Army;
    • 2.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #383, David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health; and
    • 3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #300, Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1)      Executive Calendar #313, Donald C. Coggins Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; and
    • 2)      Executive Calendar #314, Dabney Langhorne Freidrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • 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 Finance
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Financial Services
Markup

Senate HELP
Encouraging Healthy Communities: Perspective from the Surgeon General

House Small Business
Government/Small Businesses Cybersecurity Information Sharing

House Rules
H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Homeland Security
Cyber Threat Information Sharing

House Oversight
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act Scorecard

Senate Judiciary
The Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust

Senate Appropriations
VA Efforts to Prevent and Combat Opioid Overmedication

Advocates for Opioid Recovery and the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies
MAT as a Frontline Response to the National Opioid Emergency

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4389 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend section 428 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to set aside funds for case management services for residents of permanent supportive housing for homeless persons, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 11/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.4394 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make available a public option for health insurance coverage for individuals residing in an area without a qualified health plan available through an Exchange, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4392 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide that the provision of the Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs final regulation relating to changes in the payment amount for certain drugs and biologicals purchased under the 340B drug discount program shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/14/2017 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.4390 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reauthorize the rural emergency medical service training and equipment assistance program under section 330J of the Public Health Service Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4385 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to restrict direct-to-consumer drug advertising.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2125 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve the State response to the opioid abuse crisis.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2121 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require reporting of certain data by providers and suppliers of air ambulance services for purposes of reforming reimbursements for such services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 11/14/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.