Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of James Bridenstine, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • 21st Century Internal Revenue Service Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 5445, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection, and modernize the information technology of the Internal Revenue Service, by a yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 145.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 831, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5444) and (H.R. 5445) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 144, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 143.
  • Taxpayer First Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 5444, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, by a yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 146.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 831, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5444) and (H.R. 5445) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 144, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 143.
  • Pursuant to section 3(a) of H. Res. 831, in the engrossment of H.R. 5444 the Clerk shall:
    • (1) await the disposition of H.R. 2901, H.R. 5437, H.R. 5438, H.R. 5439, H.R. 5440, H.R. 5443, H.R. 5445, and H.R. 5446; (2) add the respective texts of all bills specified in paragraph (1), as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 5444; (3) conform the title of H.R. 5444 to reflect the addition to the engrossment of the text of all the bills specified in paragraph (1) that have passed the House; (4) assign appropriate designations to provisions within the engrossment; and (5) conform cross-references and provisions for short titles within the engrossment. (b) Upon the addition to the engrossment of H.R. 5444 of the text of the bills as specified in subsection (a)(1) that have passed the House, such bills shall be laid on the table.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, April 17th.
    • Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act:
      • H.R. 2905, 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 147;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on efforts to combat identity theft, including by persons purporting to be acting on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.”.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act:
      • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 76), Senate passed 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”.
    • International Women’s Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 426, supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.
    • Authorizing Senators to bring young children onto the Senate floor:
      • Committee on Rules and Administration was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 463, authorizing a Senator to bring a young son or daughter of the Senator onto the floor of the Senate during votes, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Death of former Senator John Melcher:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 474, relative to the death of the Honorable John Melcher, Senator from the State of Montana.
    • North American Aerospace Defense Command 60th Anniversary:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 475, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
    • National 9–1–1 Education Month:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 476, designating April 2018 as “National 9–1–1 Education Month”.
  • House Messages:
    • Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act:
      • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 77), 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 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 McConnell Amendment No. 2232 (to the amendment of the House to the bill).
  • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the 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).
  • Bridenstine Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 78), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 19, 2018; and that all post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 1:45 p.m., and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 79), Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, April 19, 2018, under the provisions of S.Res.474, as a further mark of respect for the late John Melcher, former Senator from Montana.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, post-cloture. At 1:45pm, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • 1:45pm Thursday—1 roll call vote
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Financial System Supervision and Regulation

House Oversight and Government Reform
Florida Brightline Passenger Rail System Private Activity Bonds

Senate Finance
Improving Medicare/Medicaid Opioid Response

House Energy and Commerce
Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.5576 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To address state-sponsored cyber activities against the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions…

 

Financial Services

H.R.5569 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a pilot program to enhance the mapping of urban flooding and associated property damage and the availability of such mapped data to homeowners, businesses, and localities to help understand and mitigate the risk of such flooding, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 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.5559 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To transfer functions related to the preparation of flood maps from the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Director of the United States Geological Survey, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [R-AR-1] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.5555 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To make necessary reforms to improve compliance with loss mitigation requirements by servicers of mortgages for single family housing insured by the FHA and to prevent foreclosures on FHA borrowers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2702 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to clarify the authority of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with respect to persons regulated by a State insurance regulator, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2701 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a pilot program to enhance the mapping of urban flooding and associated property damage and the availability of that mapped data to homeowners, businesses, and localities to help understand and mitigate the risk of such flooding, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2698 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to make necessary reforms to improve compliance with loss mitigation requirements by servicers of mortgages for single family housing insured by the FHA, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5570 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize certain grantees to contract with or make subawards to local or regional organizations that are private and nonprofit, and that may be faith-based, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5568 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to provide for designation of institutions of higher education that provide research, data, and leadership on continuous manufacturing as National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5562 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy implementing certain recommendations relating to the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5558 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out under the Medicare program an alternatives to opioids in emergency departments demonstration project.
Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 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.5557 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 to authorize the Attorney General, in coordination with the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to award grants to covered entities to establish or maintain disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5554 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5548 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in sources of drinking water.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5546 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the use of certain Department of Defense funds for combating opioid trafficking and abuse in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

S.2708 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for the establishment of Medicare part E public health plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2707 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide educational resources regarding opioid use and pain management as part of the Medicare & You handbook.
Sponsor: Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2704 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of methadone under Medicare part B.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2700 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill provide emergency assistance to States, territories, Tribal nations, and local areas affected by the opioid epidemic and to make financial assistance available to States, territories, Tribal nations, local areas, and public or private nonprofit entities to provide for the development, organization, coordination, and operation of more effective and cost efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with substance use disorder and their families.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2697 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the awareness campaign regarding the risk of abuse of prescription opioids if such drugs are not taken as prescribed to include information about dispensing options.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 

Trade

H.R.5571 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to repeal increases in duty and a tariff-rate quota on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] (Introduced 04/18/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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