Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3971 – Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 as well as thirteen bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Leonard Steven Grasz, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3359, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3669, amended, to improve and streamline security procedures related to general aviation and commercial charter air carrier utilizing risk-based security standards;
    • Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2706, amended, to provide requirements for the appropriate Federal banking agencies when requesting or ordering a depository institution to terminate a specific customer account, to provide for additional requirements related to subpoenas issued under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 672;
    • Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act:
      • H.R. 3093, to amend the Volcker Rule to permit certain investment advisers to share a similar name with a private equity fund, subject to certain restrictions; and
    • Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1730, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay of 402 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 673.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 3971 – Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Brad Sherman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1733 – To direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2872 – Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2880 – Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4171 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Gianforte / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1208 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9155 Schaefer Road, Converse, Texas, as the “Converse Veterans Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2815 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the “Sergeant John Basilone Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Leonard Lance / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 3638 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida, as the “Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Al Lawson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 3655 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 Main Street in Belmar, New Jersey, as the “Dr. Walter S. McAfee Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 4042 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the “Borinqueneers Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Darren Soto / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 4285 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, as the “James C. Billy Johnson Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 11) H.Res. 407 – Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Grothman / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 12) H.Res. 336 – Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.Res. 357 – Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and Canada, recognizing bilateral cooperation that advances United States national interests, and urging increased bilateral cooperation on security, economic issues, and energy, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan / Foreign Affairs Committee)

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Members of Congress Substitute Teaching:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 356, expressing the sense of the Senate that Members of Congress should substitute teach at least 1 day per year in a public school to gain firsthand knowledge on how to address the prevailing challenges facing educators and how to remove obstacles to learning for students.
    • Star Print–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. Res. 351, recognizing the bicentennial of the State of Mississippi on December 10, 2017, be star printed with the changes that are at the desk.
    • Grasz Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Leonard Steven Grasz, of Nebraska, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 312), 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 10 a.m., on Tuesday, December 12, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #533, Leonard Steven Grasz, of Nebraska, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, post-cloture. A vote on confirmation is expected during Tuesday’s session.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #534, Don R. Willett, of Texas, to be a US Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; and
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #535, James C. Ho, of Texas, to be US Circuit Judge for the Fifth 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 HELP
Prescription Drug Costs

Senate Judiciary
Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia

House Financial Services
Markup

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Energy/Resource Infrastructure Projects Permit Process

Senate Foreign Relations
European Energy Security

Senate Commerce
Artificial Intelligence

House Energy and Commerce
Patient Brokering/Addiction Treatment Fraud

House Foreign Affairs
The Future of NAFTA

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4606 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide that applications under the Natural Gas Act for the importation or exportation of small volumes of natural gas shall be granted without modification or delay.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4605 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal restrictions on the export and import of natural gas.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.4607 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.4613 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To allow the use of claims, eligibility, and payment data to produce reports, analyses, and presentations to benefit Medicare, and other similar health insurance programs, entities, researchers, and health care providers, to help develop cost saving approaches, standards, and reference materials and to support medical care and improved payment models.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2017 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.2214 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.4614 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from nuclear energy.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 12/11/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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