Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Honoring the Life of Billy Graham:
      • Senate passed S.J. Res. 53, honoring the life of William “Billy” F. Graham, Jr.
    • Taiwan Travel Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 535, to encourage visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels.
  • TARGET Act:
    • Senate passed H.R. 1625, to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall:
    • Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 106, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike 50th Anniversary:
    • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 404, recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the workplace, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • Honoring the Buffalo Soldiers:
    • Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 409, honoring the dedication and courage of the Buffalo Soldiers, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • National Rosie the Riveter Day:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 418, expressing support for the designation of March 21, 2018 as “National Rosie the Riveter Day”.
  • Quattlebaum Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 69 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 41), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 11:45 a.m., on Thursday, March 1, 2018, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr.; that following disposition of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., Senate vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Karen Gren Scholer, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and Tilman Eugene Self III, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, and that following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Tilman Eugene Self III, the time until 1:30 p.m. be equally divided prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Terry A. Doughty, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana; and that if cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, the post-cloture time be yielded back, and the votes on confirmation of the nominations, in the order invoked, occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, March 5, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 50 yeas to 49 nays, Vice President voting yea (Vote No. EX. 40), Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 3 roll call votes at 11:45am and 1 roll call vote at 1:30pm. That will be the last vote of the week. There will be up to 3 roll call votes at 5:30pm on Monday. The vote schedule is as follows:
    • Thursday at 11:45pm – 3 roll call votes:
      • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
      • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
      • 3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
    • Thursday at 1:30pm – 1 roll call vote:
      • 1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #536, Terry Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
    • Monday, March 5-up to 3 roll call votes
      • 1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
      • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
      • 3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #536, Terry Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Combating the Opioid Crisis: From Communities to the Capital

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Energy Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Senate Banking Committee
Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Report

Senate EPW
Infrastructure Rebuilding Framework

CMS – Office of Information Technology  
Special Open Door Forum: New Medicare Card Project
Conference Call

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.2476 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that valid generic drugs may enter the market.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 02/28/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2469 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/28/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2465 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill 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.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 02/28/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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