Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of Russell Vought, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Upon disposition of the Vought nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Amending the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures:
      • H.R. 5078, amended, to amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures.
    • Placing requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency:
      • The House passed H.R. 4296, to place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 89.
  • Rejected the Maxine Waters (CA) 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 185 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 88.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–60, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–582, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 747, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4296) and (H.R. 4607) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 87, after the previous question ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 86.
  • Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 1865, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, by a recorded vote of 388 ayes to 25 noes, Roll No. 91.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Goodlatte amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–583) that makes technical changes to the bill, adds “attempt” language that had been inadvertently omitted, clarifies that only sex trafficking victims may recover restitution, and permits the existing affirmative defense to be raised in cases where a defendant is being prosecuted under subsection 2421A(b)(1);
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–583) that requests GAO study of: (1) civil damages claimed and awarded in civil actions where the claimant alleges the defendant promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, filed pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(c); and (2) mandatory restitution requested and orders imposed by courts where a defendant is convicted of using or operating a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce with intent to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another, promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(d); and
    • Mimi Walters (CA) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–583) that allows enforcement of criminal and civil sex trafficking laws against websites that knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking (by a recorded vote of 308 ayes to 107 noes, Roll No. 90).
    • H. Res. 748, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1865) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 85, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 84.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • National Speech and Debate Education Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 415, designating March 2, 2018, as “National Speech and Debate Education Day”.
    • Career and Technical Education Month:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 416, supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.
    • Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall:
      • Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 35, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • Appointments:
    • Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, pursuant to section 30442 of Public Law 115–123, appointed the following as Members of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform: Senators Blunt, Perdue, Lankford, Ernst, Whitehouse, Bennet, Schatz, and Hirono.
    • Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, pursuant to section 30442 of Public Law 115–123, appointed the following as Members of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans: Senators Hatch (Co-Chair), Alexander, Portman, Crapo, Brown (Co-Chair), Manchin, Heitkamp, and Smith.
    • Public Interest Declassification Board:
      • The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 106–567, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, appointed the following individual to serve as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board: Alissa M. Starzak of the District of Columbia.
    • Vought Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 49 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 39), 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, all post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 12:45 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
    • By 73 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. EX. 38), Elizabeth L. Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:45pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, post-cloture.
  • All post-cloture time on the Vought nomination will expire at 4:30pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Vought nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Wednesday at 4:30pm – 2 roll call votes:
    • 1)  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    • 2)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
    • 3.      Executive Calendar #438, Karen Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
    • 4.      Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
    • 5.      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 HELP
Markup – ADUFA/AGDUFA Reauthorization

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Markup – Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act

Senate Commerce
Positive Train Control Implementation

House Energy and Commerce
Combating the Opioid Crisis

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.2455 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to encourage United States-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation and require a report regarding such cooperation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: No Sponsor (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

Financial Services

H.R.5106 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require issuers to disclose in an annual report any substantial financial relationship with any manufacturer or dealer of firearms or ammunition.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5101 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to pay rewards under an asset recovery rewards program to help identify and recover stolen assets linked to foreign government corruption and the proceeds of such corruption hidden behind complex financial structures in the United States and abroad.
Sponsor: Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2454 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require disclosure of payments for settlements of disputes regarding sexual abuse and certain types of harrassment and discrimination, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: No Sponsor (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5124 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a community action opioid response grant program.
Sponsor: Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5115 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To expand and improve the programs and activities of the Department of Health and Human Services for awareness, education, research, surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment concerning rare diseases and conditions.
Sponsor: Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5109 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to ensure the equitable distribution of resources to address the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5104 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a special enrollment period under Medicare for individuals enrolled in COBRA continuation coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

H.R.5102 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a loan repayment program for substance use disorder treatment employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5100 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to States to establish and operate recovery home certification programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.2460 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require e-prescribing for coverage under part D of the Medicare program of prescription drugs that are controlled substances.
Sponsor: No Sponsor (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2456 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reauthorize and expand the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.
Sponsor: No Sponsor (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2453 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide the Secretary with information on the hospital’s acquisition costs for 340B drugs and the total revenues received by the hospital for such drugs.
Sponsor: No Sponsor (Introduced 02/27/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.