Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4566 – Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. Also there will be a  motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, Yemen.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act:
      • S. 2030, to deem the compliance date for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits to be January 21, 2020;
    • DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5074, amended, to authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes;
    • Air Cargo Security Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 4176, amended, to strengthen air cargo security, and for other purposes;
    • Enhancing DHS Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program Act:
      • H.R. 5099, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security a fusion center technical assistance program;
    • DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act:
      • H.R. 5079, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security to develop an engagement strategy with fusion centers;
    • Kennedy-King Establishment Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4851, amended, to establish the Kennedy-King National Historic Site in the State of Indiana, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas to 0 nays, Roll No. 116, and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To establish the Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site in the State of Indiana, and for other purposes.”.
    • Modifying the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument:
      • H.R. 835, to update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 115.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 4566 – Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 4227 – Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 5131 – Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3731, to provide overtime pay for employees of the United States Secret Service, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 2214, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 94 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 57), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill be vitiated, and that a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the bill; that the only amendments in order be Wyden Amendment No. 2212 and Amendment No. 2213; and that there be up to four hours of debate concurrently on the amendments, and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on or in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with a 60 vote affirmative threshold required for adoption of each amendment, and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended, with no further action or debate.
  • Yemen Joint Resolution–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following the resumption of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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, on Tuesday, March 20, 2017, Senator Sanders, or his designee, be recognized to offer a motion to discharge S.J. Res. 54, to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress; provided further that there be up to 4 hours of debate, equally divided between the opponents and proponents of the resolution, and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on or in relation to the motion to discharge.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 77 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. EX. 56), Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Nazakhtar Nikakhtar, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #339, H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. Senator Sanders, or designee, will then make a motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, Yemen. There will be up to 4 hours of debate equally divided between the opponents and proponents. Upon the use or yielding back of time, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the motion to discharge. We expect a motion to table the motion to discharge around the 4:00pm range. Another message will be sent when the timing of the vote is set.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • On Wednesday, March 21, at a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. The only amendments in order are Wyden amendment #2122 and Wyden amendment #2213. There will be up to 4 hours of debate concurrently on the amendments and that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with a 60 vote threshold required for adoption of each amendment. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
HUD Budget

House Education and the Workforce
Labor Department’s Association Health Plans Rule

House Energy and Commerce
DEA Role in Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Senate Finance
HHS Nominations

House Armed Services
FY2019 Budget Request/Acquisition Reform Progress

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Impacts of the 2017 Wildfires in the United States

House Financial Services
Financial Nexus of Terrorism/Drugs/Organized Crime

House Judiciary
Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents

House Oversight and Government Reform/House Homeland
Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program

Senate Commerce
Efforts to Repair Defective Takata Air Bag Inflators

Friends of Cancer Research
Safeguarding the Public Health: Enhancing Information About Prescription Drugs

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5330 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the imposition of sanctions on persons who are officials of the Government of Iran or persons acting on behalf of that Government who are responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses committed against citizens of the United States or United States legal permanent resident aliens.
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

H.R.5325 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 40, United States Code, to reauthorize regional economic and infrastructure development programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

H.R.5323 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Derivatives Fairness Act
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5333 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved new drug application, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5329 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and enhance the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5327 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title V of the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program to create comprehensive opioid recovery centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2568 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2567 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance the national strategy for combating and eliminating tuberculosis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 03/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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