Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 5078 – TRID Improvement Act of 2018 under suspension of the rules. Following completion of that the House will  begin consideration of H.R. 1865 – Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 and H.R. 4296 – To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency. The Senate will resume consideration Elizabeth Branch, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act:
      • S. 772, amended, to amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants;
    • Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act:
      • H.R. 767, amended, to establish the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Training pilot program to address human trafficking in the health care system;
    • Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act:
      • H.R. 880, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to facilitate assignment of military trauma care providers to civilian trauma centers in order to maintain military trauma readiness and to support such centers;
    • Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act:
      • H.R. 1222, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 81;
    • Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act:
      • H.R. 2410, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment;
    • Action for Dental Health Act:
      • H.R. 2422, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 82; and
    • Recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care:
      • H. Res. 443, amended, recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 5078 – TRID Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
    • H.R. 1865 – Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mimi Walters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • H.R. 4296 – To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall: Senate 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.
    • Authorizing the Use of the Rotunda of the Capitol: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 107, authorizing Reverend Billy Graham to lie in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol.
  • Branch Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Elizabeth L. Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 72 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 37), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, last week Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    • 3.      Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
    • 4.      Executive Calendar #438, Karen Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
    • 5.      Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
    • 6.      Executive Calendar #536, Terry Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Armed Services
U.S. Cyber Command

Senate HELP
Technology-Data’s Role in Preventing/Treating Opioid Addiction

House Financial Services
Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Report

House Energy and Commerce
Energy Infrastructure

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Aviation Safety

Bipartisan Policy Center
The Future Role of Government in Health IT and Digital Health

House Ways and Means
FY2019 Budget Views and Estimates

House Judiciary
CVS Health/Aetna Merger

House Natural Resources
Liquefied Natural Gas and U.S. Geopolitics

House Small Business
How Red Tape Affects Community Banks and Credit Unions

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.5092 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To conduct or support further comprehensive research for the creation of a universal influenza vaccine.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 02/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2451 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider State analysis and sharing of prescription drug monitoring program data in determining prescription drug monitoring program grants to States.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 02/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/26/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Telecommunication

H.R.5085 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the section of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 that requires the Federal Communications Commission to reallocate and auction the T-Band spectrum.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 02/26/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.