Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules then will move to consider H.R. 1116 – TAILOR Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act:
      • S. 324, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans;
    • Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act:
      • H.R. 4465, to maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023, to require a report on the implementation of those programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 103;
    • Directing the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs:
      • H.R. 1800, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs;
    • Designating the bridge located in Blount County, Tennessee, on the Foothills Parkway (commonly known as “Bridge 2”) as the “Dean Stone Bridge”:
      • H.R. 3469, to designate the bridge located in Blount County, Tennessee, on the Foothills Parkway (commonly known as “Bridge 2”) as the “Dean Stone Bridge”;
    • Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act:
      • H.R. 4266, amended, to clarify the boundary of Acadia National Park; and
    • Modifying the boundary of Voyageurs National Park in the State of Minnesota:
      • H.R. 1350, to modify the boundary of Voyageurs National Park in the State of Minnesota.
  • Suspensions: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Authorizing the use of eligible investigational drugs by eligible patients who have been diagnosed with a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death will occur within a matter of months, or with another eligible illness:
      • H.R. 5247, to authorize the use of eligible investigational drugs by eligible patients who have been diagnosed with a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death will occur within a matter of months, or with another eligible illness, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 259 yeas to 140 nays, Roll No. 102.

 

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: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4909 – STOP School Violence Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3996 – Protecting Access to the Courts for Taxpayers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 506 – Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3249 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 1116 – TAILOR Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Financial Services Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act–Agreement:
      • Senate continued consideration of S. 2155, to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • McConnell (for Crapo) Modified Amendment No. 2151, in the nature of a substitute.
          • Crapo Amendment No. 2152 (to Amendment No. 2151), of a perfecting nature.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on McConnell (for Crapo) Modified Amendment No. 2151 (listed above), expire at 3:45 p.m., on Wednesday, March 14, 2018; and that if cloture is invoked on the bill, the time count as if invoked at midnight, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • Gilbert B. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #287, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The post-cloture time on substitute amendment #2151 will expire at 3:45pm and the Senate will vote on adoption of the amendment. There will then be an immediate cloture vote on the underlying bill, S.2155, as amended. If cloture is invoked on the bill, it will be as if invoked at 12:00am on Wednesday.
  • We expect to recess for the all-senators briefing at 4:30pm.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #598, the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Protection, Department of Homeland Security. The cloture vote on the McAleenan nomination will occur upon disposition of S.2155.
  • Wednesday at 3:45pm – 2 roll call votes
    • 1.      Adoption of substitute amendment #2151, as modified, to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
    • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on S.2155, as amended
  • Additional roll call votes in relation to S.2155 are possible during Wednesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Judiciary
Oversight of the Parkland Shooting and Legislative Proposals to Improve School Safety

House Financial Services
Cryptocurrency Markets

House Foreign Affairs
Modernizing Export Controls

House Ways and Means
Recently Expired Tax Provisions

Senate Commerce
Rebuilding Infrastructure in America

House Energy and Commerce
DOE Cybersecurity/Emergency Response Legislation

House Energy and Commerce
Reauthorization of Animal Drug User Fees

SEC
Open Meeting

House Oversight and Government Reform
State of Play: Federal IT in 2018

Senate Indian Affairs
Opioids in Indian Country

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.5260 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out demonstration projects relating to advanced nuclear reactor technologies to support domestic energy needs.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

 

Financial Services

H.R.5266 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to make the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection an independent Financial Product Safety Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5267 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify the process for denying, revoking, or suspending a registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 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…

H.R.5261 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for regional centers of excellence in substance use disorder education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5254 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the feasibility of expanding eligibility for enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans to individuals enrolled under the Medicaid program or enrolled under a group health plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.5247 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the use of eligible investigational drugs by eligible patients who have been diagnosed with a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death will occur within a matter of months, or with another eligible illness, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (40)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 259 – 140

 

Tax

H.R.5258 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand eligibility to receive refundable tax credits for coverage under a qualified health plan.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2540 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide predictability and certainty in the tax law, create jobs, and encourage investment.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 03/13/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/13/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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