Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 620 – ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2579, the intended vehicle for immigration legislation.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, February 13th.
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 74;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To impose sanctions against Hamas for violating universally applicable international laws of armed conflict by intentionally using civilians and civilian property to shield military objectives from lawful attack, and for other purposes.”;
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 75; and
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
        • “Calling on the Department of Defense, other appropriate elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to resolutely continue efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all United States personnel designated as unaccounted-for from past wars and conflicts around the world.”.
    • Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agreed to H. Con. Res. 103, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.
    • TRID Improvement Act:
      • The House passed H.R. 3978, to amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures, by a yea-and-nay vote of 271 yeas to 145 nays, Roll No. 77.
    • Rejected Capuano the 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 189 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 76.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-59, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-559, shall be considered as adopted.
    • Agreed to:
      • Foster amendment (No. 1 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115-559) that clarifies that the requirement applies only to proprietary source code related to algorithmic trading, which contains prescriptive information.
      • H. Res. 736, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 620), (H.R. 3299), and (H.R. 3978) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 73, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 72.
      • Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act:
        • The House passed H.R. 3299, to amend the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged after transfer of the loan, by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 171 nays, Roll No. 78.
      • H. Res. 736, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 620), (H.R. 3299), and (H.R. 3978) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 73, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 72.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 620 – ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Jeff Denham Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jim Langevin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bill Foster Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Speier / Schrader / Bera / Sinema Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bera / Schrader / Peters / Sinema Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Vicky Hartzler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas VA Clinic:
      • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2246, to designate the health care center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas VA Clinic, and the bill was then passed.
  • Authorizing Representation by Senate Legal Counsel:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 406, to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of United States v. Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Broader Options for Americans Act–Agreement: Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Grassley Amendment No. 1959, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Toomey/Cruz) Amendment No.1948 (to Amendment No. 1959), to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States.
      • Schumer Modified Amendment No. 1958 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1959), of a perfecting nature.
      • Durbin (for Coons/McCain) Amendment No. 1955 (to Amendment No. 1958), to provide relief from removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States before reaching the age of 18, improve border security, foster United States engagement in Central America.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Durbin (for Coons/McCain) Amendment No. 1955 (to Amendment No. 1958) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, February 16, 2018.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Toomey/Cruz) Amendment No.1948 (to Amendment No. 1959) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Durbin (for Coons/McCain) Amendment No. 1955 (to Amendment No. 1958).
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Schumer Modified Amendment No. 1958 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1959) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Toomey/Cruz) Amendment No.1948 (to Amendment No. 1959).
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Grassley Amendment No. 1959, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Schumer Modified Amendment No. 1958 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1959).
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Margaret Weichert, of Georgia, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2579, the intended vehicle for immigration legislation.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session cloture was filed on the amendments pending to H.R.2579, the intended vehicle for immigration legislation. Discussions on a path forward for Thursday are ongoing. Senators will be notified when the cloture votes are expected to occur
    • Amendments pending to H.R.2579, intended vehicle for immigration legislation
    • Grassley SA #1959 to H.R.2579 (substitute/president’s plan)
    • McConnell for Toomey SA #1948 to SA #1959 (sanctuary cities)
    • Schumer SA #1958 to the language proposed to be stricken, as modified (DREAM/border)
    • Durbin for Coons-McCain SA #1955 to SA #1958 (DREAM/border)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
HHS Budget

Senate Agriculture
State of the CFTC

House Financial Services
De-Risking and Access to Financial Services

House Education and the Workforce
Opioid Epidemic: Impact on the Workforce

House Ways and Means
Treasury Budget

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Positive Train Controls

House Energy and Commerce
HHS Oversight

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.5014 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4] (Introduced 02/14/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 02/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Tax

H.R.5012 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide further tax relief for Americans receiving bonuses.
Sponsor: Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] (Introduced 02/14/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.