Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider ten bills under suspension of the rules then will move to consideration of H.R. 5192 – Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act. The Senate will consider Carlos Muniz, to be General Counsel, Department of Education. The Senate may begin consideration of S.J.Res.57, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.”

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System:
      • H.R. 3607, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System;
    • West Fork Fire Station Act:
      • H.R. 4609, to provide for the conveyance of a Forest Service site in Dolores County, Colorado, to be used for a fire station;
    • Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 3961, amended, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Kissimmee River and its tributaries in the State of Florida for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System;
    • Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act:
      • H.R. 146, amended, to take certain Federal lands in Tennessee into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 140;
    • James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act:
      • H.R. 443, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, as a unit of the National Park System; and
    • National Memorial to Fallen Educators Act:
      • S. 167, to designate a National Memorial to Fallen Educators at the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 384 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 141.
  • Recess:
    • The House recessed at 5:40 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
  • Resignation of the Chaplain of the House of Representatives:
    • Read a letter from the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy in which he submitted his resignation as Chaplain of the House of Representatives, effective May 24, 2018.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2905 – Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4403 – Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 5440 – To require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Handel / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 5446 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by the Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Drew Ferguson / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 5438 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to provide to taxpayers information regarding low-income taxpayer clinics, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. George Holding / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 5437 – To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5439 – To provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Renacci / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 5443 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require electronic filing of the annual returns of exempt organizations and provide for making such returns available for public inspection, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2901 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant program (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 1512 – Social Security Child Protection Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kenny Marchant / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 5192 – Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • House Messages:
    • Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, taking action of the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • Rejected:
          • McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Indian Affairs, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2229, to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the motion.)
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2227 (to the amendment of the House to the bill), to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the motion.)
        • Pending:
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill.
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell (for Thune) Amendment No. 2232 (to the amendment of the House to the bill), in the nature of a substitute.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2233 (to Amendment No. 2232), to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2234, to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2235 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2234), of a perfecting nature.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2236 (to Amendment No. 2235), of a perfecting nature.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2232 (to the amendment of the House to the bill), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 55 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 74), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2230 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2229), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Indian Affairs, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2229 (listed above), was tabled.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2231 (to Amendment No. 2230), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2230 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2229) (listed above), fell.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2228 (to Amendment No. 2227), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2227 (to the amendment of the House to the bill) (listed above), was tabled.
    • Bridenstine Nomination-Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, with a further amendment.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Muniz Nomination-Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education, under the previous order of Monday, April 9, 2018; and that the time until 12:30 p.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

 

Today

  • Cloture was not invoked on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act by a vote of 55-41. The pending amendments and motions were tabled by voice votes and Senator McConnell made new motion to concur with an amendment, which is Coast Guard Authorization, and filled the amendment tree. He also filed cloture on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Schedule for Tuesday April 17, 2018
    • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
    • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #376, Carlos Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education. There will be up to 10 hours for debate equally divided. Another message will be sent when the vote is scheduled.
    • Cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, with a further amendment (Coast Guard Authorization). As a result, the filing deadline for second degree amendments relative to S.140 is one hour prior to the cloture vote. If cloture is invoke, amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture.
    • Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, April 18.
    • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
    • On Tuesday, the Senate may begin consideration of S.J.Res.57, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”. If the motion to proceed is agreed to, there would be up to 10 hours of debate prior to a vote on passage of the joint resolution.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Alliance for Patient Access
Annual National Policy and Advocacy Summit on Biologics and Biosimilars

FDA
Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Opioid Use Disorder
House Financial Services
Financial System Supervision and Regulation

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing

House Energy and Commerce
FERC Budget/Oversight

House Foreign Affairs
Markup

House Ways and Means
Federal Perspectives on the Jobs Gap

House Armed Services
Promoting Defense Innovation

BGOV
Conversation with Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves

House Appropriations
Food and Drug Administration

House Financial Services
Housing Choice Voucher Program

House Judiciary
Safeguarding Trade Secrets

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.2680 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to address the opioid crisis.
Sponsor: Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2678 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to publish and disseminate best practices for operating recovery housing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2676 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to permit certain disclosures of health information during emergencies, including overdoses.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2669 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for accelerated approval of pain and addiction therapies.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.2677 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for coal-powered electric generation units.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2674 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the taxable income limit on percentage depletion for oil and natural gas produced from marginal properties.
Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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