Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1638 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act and H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Don R. Willett, to be a US Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Directing the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil:
      • 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;
    • Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act:
      • H.R. 2872, amended, to amend the Federal Power Act to promote hydropower development at existing nonpowered dams;
    • Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act:
      • H.R. 2880, amended, to amend the Federal Power Act to promote closed-loop pumped storage hydropower;
    • Amending title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs:
      • H.R. 4171, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs;
    • Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world:
      • H. Res. 407, amended, condemning the persecution of Christians around the world;
    • Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership:
      • H. Res. 336, reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership; and
    • 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:
      • H. Res. 357, amended, 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.
  • United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission–Reappointment:
    • Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she reappointed the following individuals to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, effective January 1, 2018:
      • Ms. Carolyn Bartholomew of Washington, D.C. and Mr. Michael R. Wessel of Falls Church, Virginia.
  • Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 3971, to amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for community financial institutions with respect to certain rules relating to mortgage loans, by a yea-and-nay vote of 294 yeas to 129 nays, Roll No. 675.
  • Rejected the Titus motion to recommit the bill 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 233 nays, Roll No. 674.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–44 shall be considered as adopted.
  • Agreed to:
    • Sherman amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–443) that lowers the amount of consolidated assets of a creditor eligible for the safe harbor from escrow requirements in the bill from $25,000,000,000 or less to $10,000,000,000 or less; lowers the number of loans that a mortgage servicer eligible for exemptions and adjustments from the Bureau can service annually from 30,000 or fewer mortgage loans to 20,000 or fewer mortgage loans.
    • H. Res. 647, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 477) and (H.R. 3971) and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 123) was agreed to Thursday, December 7th.

 

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: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1638 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Schneider / Poe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Grace Meng Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Roger Williams / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Matt Gaetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act:
      • Senate passed S. 447, to require reporting on acts of certain foreign countries on Holocaust era assets and related issues, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • International education and exchange programs:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 357, expressing the sense of the Senate that international education and exchange programs further United States national security and foreign policy priorities, enhance United States economic competitiveness, and promote mutual understanding and cooperation among nations.
    • National Phenylketonuria Awareness Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 358, designating December 3, 2017, as “National Phenylketonuria Awareness Day”.
    • Willett Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Don R. Willett, of Texas, to be a Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 314), 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 12 noon, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. EX. 313), Leonard Steven Grasz, of Nebraska, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
    • Mary Kirtley Waters, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative Affairs).

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #534, Don R. Willett, of Texas, to be a US Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, post-cloture. A vote on confirmation is expected as early as Wednesday afternoon. Cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #535, James C. Ho, of Texas, to be US Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit. That cloture vote would occur immediately following disposition of the Willett nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Agriculture
Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World

House Ways and Means
IRS Reform/Taxpayer Experience

House Energy and Commerce
Drug Supply Chain

Senate Commerce
NTSB Reauthorization Markup

Senate HELP
Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act: Mental Health Needs

House Judiciary
Oversight with Deputy AG Rosenstein

House Energy and Commerce
North American Energy Trade

Conference Committee
Open Meeting

House Armed Services
Addressing Physiological Episodes in Fighter, Attack, and Training Aircraft

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4628 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to allow for modified permits for industrial minerals remining operations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

Health

H.R.4620 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide temporary relief from the annual fee imposed on health insurance providers.
Sponsor: Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 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.4619 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide temporary relief from the annual fee imposed on health insurance providers, to the extent that such fee is due to Puerto Rican health insurance.
Sponsor: Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 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…

H.R.4618 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a temporary moratorium on certain taxes affecting purchases of prescription medication.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4617 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a temporary moratorium on the medical device excise tax.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4616 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a temporary moratorium on the employer mandate and to provide for a delay in the implementation of the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Tax

S.2222 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for distributions from 529 accounts for expenses associated with registered apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.4629 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Department of Transportation to issue regulations to require enhanced security measures for shipments of security sensitive material, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 12/12/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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