Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3299 – Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017 and the H.R. 3978 – TRID Improvement Act of 2017. The Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.2579, the intended vehicle for immigration legislation.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Designating the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other designations:
      • H.R. 4533, amended, to designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other designations, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 70;
    • Low-Dose Radiation Research Act:
      • H.R. 4675, amended, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide for a low-dose radiation basic research program;
    • Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act:
      • H.R. 4377, amended, to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out an upgrade to research equipment and construct research user facilities;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out certain upgrades to research equipment and construct research user facilities, and for other purposes”;
    • Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act:
      • H.R. 4378, amended, to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out the construction of a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source;
    • Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act:
      • H.R. 4376, amended, to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out certain upgrades to research equipment and the construction of a research user facility;
    • Building Blocks of STEM Act:
      • H.R. 3397, amended, to direct the National Science Foundation to support STEM education research focused on early childhood; and
    • Extending the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program:
      • H.R. 4979, amended, to extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 71.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act:
      • H.R. 3542, amended, to impose sanctions against Hamas for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use of civilians as human shields; and
    • Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States:
      • H. Res. 129, amended, calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.

 

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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 3299 – Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick McHenry / Financial Services Committee)
  • H.R. 3978 – TRID Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Reps. Foster / Scott (GA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.Res. 129 – Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3542 – Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Broader Options for Americans Act–Agreement:
      • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2579, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the premium tax credit with respect to unsubsidized COBRA continuation coverage.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Adam J. Sullivan, of Iowa, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation.
    • Ronald L. Batory, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
    • Raymond Martinez, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, there will be a vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.2579, the intended vehicle for immigration legislation. At this point, we expect the vote to be a voice vote. Negotiations continue on a path forward.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
“America’s Opioid Epidemic: Supporting Recovery”

Bipartisan Policy Center
“Budgeting for Biodefense: Are We Prepared?”

House Budget
FY2019 Budget

House Ways and Means
HHS Budget

House Financial Services
Data Security/Breach Notification Regulatory Regime

House Science, Space and Technology
Emerging Blockchain Technology Applications

CFTC
Technology Advisory Committee

House Energy and Commerce
Health Care Consolidation

Senate Finance
Treasury Budget

House Financial Services
Legislative Proposals Regarding Derivatives

House Energy and Commerce
New Source Permitting

House Natural Resources
U.S. Water and Power Infrastructure

House Oversight and Government Reform
Artificial Intelligence (Part I)

Senate Finance
IRS Budget

Senate Armed Services
Military/Civilian Personnel Programs

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4999 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to address certain issues relating to the extension of consumer credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4997 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to authorize a new composite multiemployer pension plan design, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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…

S.2417 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to address certain issues relating to the extension of consumer credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/13/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5009 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To include information concerning a patient’s opioid addiction in certain medical records.
Sponsor: Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4998 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure health insurance coverage continuity for former foster youth.
Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.5003 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate advance refunding bonds.
Sponsor: Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

H.R.5000 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow certain persons to own and control an air carrier providing air transportation or intrastate air transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 02/13/2018 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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…

S.2422 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require a study on the health impacts of air traffic noise and pollution.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 02/13/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 02/13/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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