Today’s Daily Update

The House will take one postponed suspension vote then complete consideration of H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Joseph Otting, to be Comptroller of the Currency, post-cloture. Following disposition of the Otting nomination, the Senate will vote on the pending cloture motions with respect to the following nominations: Donald C. Coggins Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, and Dabney Langhorne Freidrich, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Monday, November 13th.
  • Connected Government Act:
    • H.R. 2331, amended, to require a new or updated Federal website that is intended for use by the public to be mobile friendly, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 634.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 4174, amended, to amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, and improve Federal data management;
      • Amending 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:
        • 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.
    • Recognizing the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and Israel:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Con. Res. 92, as amended by Representative Royce, recognizing the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and Israel.
  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
    • The House considered H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–39 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 619, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 633, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 632.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, Two Hours of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) 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)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act:
      • Senate passed S. 807, to provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers.
    • VALOR Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 3949, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the designation of State approving agencies for multi-State apprenticeship programs for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017:
      • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1545, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs, and the bill was then passed.
    • USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 332, commemorating the christening of the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams.
    • Permitting the Collection of Charitable Items:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 333, permitting the collection of clothing, toys, food, and housewares during the holiday season for charitable purposes in Senate buildings.
    • Authorizing the Taking of a Photograph:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 334, authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber.
    • Otting Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 276), 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 Thursday, November 16, 2017.
  • Nominations–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, that at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 16, 2017, there be 30 minutes of post-cloture time remaining on the nomination of Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination; and that following disposition of the nomination of Joseph Otting, Senate vote on the pending motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Donald C. Coggins, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, and Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, in the order filed, and that if cloture is invoked, the post-cloture time on the nominations run consecutively.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 89 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 274), Mark T. Esper, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Army.
    • By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 275), David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
    • Bobby L. Christine, of Georgia, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia for the term of four years.
    • David J. Freed, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #300, Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency, post-cloture.
  • At 11:30am, there be 30 minutes of post-cloture time remaining on the Otting nomination followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Otting nomination, the Senate will vote on the pending cloture motions with respect to 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
    • 2)      Executive Calendar #314, Dabney Langhorne Freidrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Coggins and Langhorne nominations, the post-cloture time will run consecutively. Discussions continue on a path to complete actions on the nominations during Thursday’s session.
  • Thursday, November 16th at 12:00 Noon – 3 roll call votes
    • 1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #300, Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency;
    • 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #313, Donald C. Coggins Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; and
    • 3)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #314,

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.2126 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers from certain auditor attestation requirements.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 11/15/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 11/15/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4408 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to establish additional registration requirements for prescribers of opioids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] (Introduced 11/15/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.4404 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for an exception to the reduction to State allotments under the Children’s Health Insurance Program for fiscal year 2018.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 11/15/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2132 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that working families have access to affordable health insurance coverage.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 11/15/2017) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/15/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.