Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of David Ryan Stras, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act:
      • S. 534, amended, to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 45;
    • Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy Act:
      • H.R. 1457, amended, to establish requirements for use of a driver’s license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 46;
    • Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act:
      • H.R. 1426, to amend the Home Owners’ Loan Act to allow Federal savings associations to elect to operate as national banks;
    • Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act:
      • H.R. 2255, amended, to clarify that nonprofit organizations may accept donated mortgage appraisals; and
    • Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act:
      • H.R. 4792, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for small businesses affected by hurricanes or other natural disasters.
    • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
      • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 4292, amended, to reform the living will process under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
    • Congressional Award Board–Appointment Withdrawal:
      • The Chair announced the Speaker’s withdrawal of the appointment of the following individual to the Congressional Award Board on January 25, 2018: Mr. Steve Hart of Washington, DC.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • The House will recess no later than 5:00 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s State of the Union Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:20 p.m.
  • House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • H.R. 4292 – Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2311, to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 25), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • ESCORT COMMITTEE–AGREEMENT:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Presiding Officer of the Senate be authorized to appoint a committee on the part of the Senate to join with a like committee on the part of the House of Representatives to escort the President of the United States into the House Chamber for the joint session to be held at 9 p.m., on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
    • Washington’s Farewell Address–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the resolution of the Senate of January 24, 1901, the traditional reading of Washington’s Farewell Address take place on Monday, February 26, 2018, following the prayer and pledge; and that Senator Peters be recognized the deliver the address.
  • Stras Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 57 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 26), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, January 30, 2018; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • Gregory E. Maggs, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for the term of fifteen years to expire on the date prescribed by law.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #622, David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Stras nomination.
  • At 9:00 p.m., President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union address from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. The Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 8:20 p.m. and depart from the Senate Chamber at 8:25 p.m. to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House.
  • Notwithstanding the resolution of the Senate of January 24, 1901, the traditional reading of Washington’s Farewell Address will take place on Monday, January 26th. Senator Peters will be recognized to deliver the address.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee
Prescribing Intervention—Exploring a Strategy for Implementation

House Financial Services
Financial Technology Marketplace

Senate Banking
Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report

Senate EPW
EPA Oversight

House Energy and Commerce
Compounding Quality Act Implementation

House Small Business
Foreign Cyber Threats

House Financial Services
Human Traffickers Exploiting U.S. Financial Markets

Senate Foreign Relations
United States-Canada-Mexico Economic Relationship

House Homeland
Surface Transportation Security Technologies

House Ways and Means
Improving Tax Administration/Members Day

Senate Commerce
American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA)

Senate HELP
Roundtable on Small Business Health Plans

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4889 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 01/29/2018) Cosponsors: (24)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/29/2018 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.2352 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 01/29/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/29/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Financial Services

S.2353 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to report on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 01/29/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/29/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.