Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1 as well as H.R. 4015 – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Monday, December 18th.
      • Women in Aerospace Education Act:
        • H.R. 4254, amended, to amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 17 nays, Roll No. 690; and
      • Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act:
        • H.R. 4323, amended, to promote veteran involvement in STEM education, computer science, and scientific research, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with one voting “nay”, Roll No. 693.
      • Clerk to Correct Engrossment:
        • Agreed by unanimous consent that, in the engrossment of H.R. 4375, the Clerk be directed to make the change placed at the desk.
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
        • “To provide for a report on broadening participation in certain National Science Foundation research and education programs, to collect data on Federal research grants to science agencies, and for other purposes.”.
      • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
        • The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 692.
      • Rejected the Neal motion to recommit the conference report to the committee of conference, by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 236 nays, Roll No. 691.
      • H. Res. 667, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1) and the bill (H.R. 3312) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 689, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 688.
  • Motion to Fix Next Convening Time:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent to the Graves (MO) motion that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, December 20 for Morning Hour debate.
  • Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 3312, to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to specify when bank holding companies may be subject to certain enhanced supervision, by a yea-and-nay vote of 288 yeas to 130 nays, Roll No. 694.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–49, modified by the amendment printed in H. Rept. 115–474, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 667, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1) and the bill (H.R. 3312) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 689, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 688.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act:
      • S. 1536, to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with one voting “nay”, Roll No. 695.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Jobs for Our Heroes Act:
      • S. 1393, to streamline the process by which active duty military, reservists, and veterans receive commercial driver’s licenses; and
    • No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act:
      • S. 1532, to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (20 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 4015 – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1159 – United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 2) S. 1393 – Jobs for Our Heroes Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) S. 1532 – No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • National Defense Authorization Act:
      • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1519, 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, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
  • Conference Reports:
    • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Senate began consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 321), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill.
    • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 322), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to the conference report to accompany the bill. Subsequently, the points of order that subsection 11000(a) was in violation of section 313(b)(1)(A) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974; that subparagraph (B) of section 11032, starting on page 75, line 17 and all through page 76, line 9, was in violation of section 313(b)(1)(D) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974; and that the phrase “tuition-paying” as it appears on page 309, line 12, and page 309, lines 14 through 15, was in violation of section 313(b)(1)(D) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, were sustained, and the material will be stricken from the conference report.
    • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 323), Senate agreed to the motion to recede from the Senate amendment to H.R. 1 and concur therein with a further amendment.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 88 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. EX. 320), Jennifer Gillian Newstead, of New York, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.4684 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to publish and disseminate best practices for operating a recovery housing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 12/19/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4683 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to revise the NTAP period under the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system and the pass-through period under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system.
Sponsor: Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] (Introduced 12/19/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2017 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…

S.2253 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure access to mental health services for children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 12/19/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.2254 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prevent unfair double taxation by ensuring that the deduction for State and local taxes is not reduced, suspended, or eliminated.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/19/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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