Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 5444 – Taxpayer First Act and H.R. 5445 – 21st Century IRS Act. The Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.57, CFPB auto lending rule.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act:
      • H.R. 4403, amended, to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to protect personally identifiable information;
    • Requiring notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center:
      • H.R. 5440, amended, to require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center;
    • Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by the Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods:
      • H.R. 5446, amended, 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;
    • Amending 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:
      • H.R. 5438, amended, 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;
    • Requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers:
      • H.R. 5437, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers;
    • Providing for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft:
      • H.R. 5439, amended, to provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft;
    • Amending 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:
      • H.R. 5443, amended, 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;
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence Act:
      • H.R. 2901, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant program; and
    • Social Security Child Protection Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 1512, amended, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for the reissuance of Social Security account numbers to young children in cases where confidentiality has been compromised.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 2:42 p.m. and reconvened at 4 p.m.
  • Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 5192, to authorize the Commissioner of Social Security to provide confirmation of fraud protection data to certain permitted entities, by a yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 142.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–68 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 830, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5192) was agreed to by voice vote, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act:
    • H.R. 2905, amended, to require the Attorney General to establish procedures for expedited review of the case of any person who unlawfully solicits personal information for purposes of committing identity theft, while purporting to be acting on behalf of the IRS.

 

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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 5444 – Taxpayer First Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 5445 – 21st Century IRS Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 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)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance With the Equal Credit Opportunity Act–Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of S.J. Res. 57, 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”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 75), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with the time until 12 noon, equally divided between the managers, or their designees; that at 12 noon, Senate vote on passage of the joint resolution; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture with respect to the House message to accompany 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, occur following disposition of S.J. Res. 57.
  • Appointments:
    • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission:
      • The Chair announced, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 70–770, the appointment of the following individual to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission: Senator Boozman.
  • Muniz Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, if applicable, at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Senate continue consideration of the nomination, with one hour of debate remaining, equally divided between Senator Gillibrand, or her designee, and Senator Alexander, or his designee, on the nomination; and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination under the previous orders of April 9, 2018 and April 16, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.57, CFPB auto lending rule, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided between the managers, or their designees. At 12:00 noon, there will be a roll call vote on passage of the joint resolution of disapproval of the CFPB auto lending rule.
  • Upon disposition of S.J.Res.57, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, WMAT Settlement Fund, with an amendment (Coast Guard Authorization).
  • If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. Upon the use or yielding back of time, any pending amendments would be disposed of and the Senate would vote on the motion to concur with amendment (Coast Guard Authorization).
  • If cloture is not invoked on Coast Guard Authorization, there would be an immediate cloture vote on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. If cloture is invoked, it would occur upon disposition of the House Message on S.140 (WMAT Settlement Fund with Coast Guard Authorization as an amendment to the motion to concur).
  • The filing deadline for second degree amendments relative to S.140 is one hour prior to the cloture vote. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture.
  • At 2:00pm, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education.
  • Noon on Wednesday—up to 3 roll call votes
    • 1. Passage of S.J.Res.57, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the CFPB auto lending rule
    • 2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, WMAT Settlement Fund, with an amendment (Coast Guard Authorization)
  • –If cloture is not invoked on Coast Guard Authorization, then
    • 3. Cloture on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 2:00pm Wednesday—1 roll call vote
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Judiciary
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Oversight

House Agriculture
Farm Bill Markup

House Appropriations
HHS Biodefense Activities Oversight

House Appropriations – THUD Subcommittee
Member’s Day

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of 5 Energy Bills

House Appropriations
USDA

House Oversight and Government Reform
Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy

Senate Appropriations
Department of Housing and Urban Development

Senate Armed Services
Accelerating New Defense Technologies

SEC
Open Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5534 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to provide procedures for guidance issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5541 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide equal coverage of in vitro specific IgE tests and percutaneous tests for allergies under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/17/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.5531 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to preventing and treating opioid addiction.
Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Budget, Veterans’ Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 04/17/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Budget, Veterans’ Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for…

S.2691 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for illegal marketing and distribution of opioid products and for their role in creating and exacerbating the opioid epidemic in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2690 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit review of certain Medicare payment determinations for disproportionate share hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.5543 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for a credit against tax for certain flood insurance expenses.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2688 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the indexing of certain assets for purposes of determining gain or loss.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2687 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the individual tax provisions of the tax reform law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2681 — 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. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.5542 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a grant program under which the Secretary of Transportation will reimburse public transportation agencies that offer free unlimited transportation passes to eligible individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 04/17/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 04/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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