Today’s Daily Update

The House may consider House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 1370 – Further Continuing Appropriations and H.R. 4667 — Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes. The Senate continues to wait for the House to send a continuing resolution to fund the government. The current CR expires on Friday, December 22, 2017.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 668 – The rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
      • – PASSED 234 – 188, ROLL CALL 697
    • Adoption of H. Res. 668 – The rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
      • – PASSED 232 – 190, ROLL CALL 698
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts & Jobs Act
      • – ADOPTED 224 – 201, ROLL CALL 699
    • H.R. 1159 – United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 411 – 0, ROLL CALL 700
    • Democrat Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4015
      • – REJECTED 189 – 231, ROLL CALL 701
    • Passage of H.R. 4015 – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017
      • – PASSED 238 – 182, ROLL CALL 702
    • Approval of the Journal
      • – APPROVED 217 – 194 – 2, ROLL CALL 703

 

Today

  • The House may consider, subject to a rule, House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 1370 – Further Continuing Appropriations and H.R. 4667 — Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • No Roll Call Votes
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted Calendar #277, S.Res.150:
      • recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance.
    • Adopted S.Res.326:
      • recognizing the crew of the San Antonio Rose, B-17F, who sacrificed their lives during World War II,  and honoring their memory during the week of the 75th anniversary of that tragic event.
    • Adopted S.Res.345:
      • designating August 3, 2018, as National Ernie Pyle Day.
    • Adopted S.Res.362:
      • recognizing the service of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine the USS Jacksonville and the crew of the USS Jacksonville, who served the United States with valor and bravery.
    • Passed Calendar #124, S. 117:
      • Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act w/a committee amendment.
    • Passed Calendar #56, S. 501:
      • East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • Executive Business
    • Confirmed the following nominations:
      • AIR FORCE
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #560 – Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton to be Lieutenant General
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #561 – Col. Sharon A. Shaffer to be Brigadier General
        • 3.      Executive Calendar #562 – Col. Robert J. Marks to be Brigadier General
        • 4.      Executive Calendar #563 – The following to be Brigadier General:
        • Col. Ronald G. Allen, Jr.; Col. Mark R. August; Col. Charles E. Brown, Jr.; Col. Joel L. Carey; Col. Brenda P. Cartier; Col. Darren R. Cole; Col. Heath A. Collins; Col. Douglas S. Coppinger; Col. Matthew W. Davidson; Col. Todd A. Dozier; Col. Peter M. Fesler; Col. Eric H. Froehlich; Col. Michael A. Greiner; Col. Andrew P. Hansen; Col. Michelle L. Hayworth; Col. Thomas K. Hensley; Col. Stephen F. Jost; Col. Jeffrey R. King; Col. Leonard J. Kosinski; Col. Thomas E. Kunkel; Col. Laura L. Lenderman; Col. Rodney D. Lewis; Col. Robert K. Lyman; Col. David B. Lyons; Col. Michael E. Martin; Col. Joseph D. McFall; Col. David N. Miller, Jr.; Col. Christopher J. Niemi; Col. Clark J. Quinn; Col. George M. Reynolds; Col. Douglas A. Schiess; Col. David W. Snoddy; Col. Adrian L. Spain; Col. Ernest J. Teichert, III; Col. Alice W. Trevino
      • ARMY
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #564 – Maj. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli to be Lieutenant General
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #565 – Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend to be General
      • NAVY
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #566 – Rear Adm. Nancy A. Norton to be Vice Admiral
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #567 – Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown to be Vice Admiral
      • AIR FORCE
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #568 – Col. Mitchel Neurock to be Brigadier General
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #569 – The following to be Major General:
      • Brig. Gen. Hubert C. Hegtvedt; Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Kelly; Brig. Gen. Albert V. Lupenski; Brig. Gen. Samuel C. Mahaney; Brig. Gen. John B. Williams
      • And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
      • DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #571 – Duane A. Kees, of Arkansas, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #572 – Stephen R. McAllister, of Kansas, to be United States Attorney for the District of Kansas.
        • 3.      Executive Calendar #573 – Ronald A. Parsons, Jr., of South Dakota, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota
        • 4.      Executive Calendar #574 – Ryan K. Patrick, of Texas, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.
        • 5.      Executive Calendar #575 – Michael B. Stuart, of West Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.
      • 1.      Executive Calendar #489 – Bruce D. Jette, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.
      • DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
        • 1.      Executive Calendar #498 James E McPherson – to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army
        • 2.      Executive Calendar #509 Randall G. Shriver – to be Assistant Secretary of Defense
        • 3.      Executive Calendar #531 Thomas Harker – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy
        • 4.      Executive Calendar #532 John P. Roth – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 21, 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.
  • The Senate continues to wait for the House to send a continuing resolution to fund the government. The current CR expires on Friday, December 22, 2017.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4700 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish the IMPACT for Energy Foundation.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2017 Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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…

H.R.4696 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Power Act to promote hydropower development at existing nonpowered dams, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2257 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish the IMPACT for Energy Foundation.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Health

H.R.4704 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to codify the emergency preparedness final rule for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities as conditions of participation under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2017 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.4701 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 3-day prior hospitalization requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility services in qualified skilled nursing facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4695 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for stabilization in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (25)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2017 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.2259 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish certain duties for pharmacies to ensure provision of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception, medication related to contraception, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.2256 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 12/20/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.