Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of H.R. 4 – FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 4009, to authorize the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, and construct a central parking facility on National Zoological Park property in the District of Columbia.
  • Providing for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time:
    • The House passed H.R. 3144, to provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 153.
  • Rejected the Jayapal motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 190 yeas to 226 nays, Roll No. 152.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–650 shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 839, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4) and (H.R. 3144) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 151, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 150.
  • Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Music Modernization Act:
      • H.R. 5447, amended, to modernize copyright law, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 154.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, 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: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 4 – FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc.
  • A list of the 116 amendments made in order by the Rule can be found HERE.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • H.R. 4744 – Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Pompeo Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, at 12 noon, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, there be four minutes of debate equally divided, and following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Pompeo nomination, and that if cloture is invoked on the Pompeo nomination, all time be considered expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the Pompeo nomination, without intervening action or debate; and that following disposition of the Pompeo nomination, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with the time until 1:45 p.m., equally divided in the usual form, and that at 1:45 p.m., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Grenell nomination, and that if cloture is invoked on the Grenell nomination, all time be considered expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the Grenell nomination, without intervening action or debate.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the Pompeo nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 26, 2018, with the time until 12 noon, equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided.
  • At 12:00 noon, there will be a cloture vote on the Pompeo nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be an immediate vote on confirmation.
  • Following disposition of the Pompeo nomination the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany, with the time until 1:45pm equally divided.
  • At 1:45pm, there will be a cloture vote on the Grenell nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • 12:00 noon on Thursday-Up to 2 roll call votes
    • 1.  Cloture on Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State;
  • if cloture is invoked, then:
    • 2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • 1:45pm on Thursday—Up to 2 roll call votes
    • 1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to Germany;
  • if cloture is invoked, then:
    • 2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to Germany.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
SEC Budget

House Appropriations
Transit Administration/Highway Administration/Maritime Administration

House Energy and Commerce
EPA Budget

Senate Appropriations
Defense Health Program

House Appropriations
Labor-HHS-Education FY2019 Public Witnesses Hearing

House Financial Services
Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

House Energy and Commerce
Perspectives on Reform of the CFIUS Review Process

House Armed Services – Military Personnel Subcommittee
NDAA Markup

House Appropriations
EPA Budget

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5618 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To exempt properties located in flood hazard areas that are participating in an approved buy-out program from the mandatory purchase requirement under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5614 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To increase transparency of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2745 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a grant program to provide assistance to prevent and repair damage to structures due to pyrrhotite.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2744 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a grant program to provide assistance to States to prevent and repair damage to structures due to pyrrhotite.
Sponsor: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5616 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to submit to Congress a report on the impact of the opioid epidemic on minority communities.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/25/2018 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…

S.2756 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise the regulations of the Commission regarding the qualifications of natural persons as accredited investors.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 04/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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