Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. Senator Paul will be recognized to make a motion to proceed to S.Con.Res.36 (5-year balanced budget). The Senate also expects to consider the nomination of Gina Haspell, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, May 15th.
    • Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act:
      • S. 35, to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 187.
    • Requesting the Senate to return to the House of Representatives the bill H.R. 4743:
      • The House agreed to H. Res. 899, requesting the Senate to return to the House of Representatives the bill H.R. 4743.
    • Unanimous Consent Agreement:
      • Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of adopting the amendment to H.R. 5698 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
    • Protect and Serve Act of 2018:
      • The House passed H.R. 5698, to amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, by a yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 35 nays, Roll No. 188.
  • Agreed to:
    • Goodlatte amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–677) that adds clarifying language so only those who cause injury to a law enforcement officer with intent, not by accident, can be charged under the statute; it also amends the definition of law enforcement officer to assure correctional officers are covered by the definition.
    • H. Res. 891, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5698), (S. 2372), and (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 186, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 185.
    • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 891 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 184.
    • Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act:
      • The House passed S. 2372, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, by a recorded vote of 347 ayes to 70 noes, Roll No. 189.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.R. 5674 as reported by the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, as modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–677, shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 891, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5698), (S. 2372), and (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 186, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 185.
    • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 891 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 184.
    • Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 2372:
      • The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 121, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 2372.
    • Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018:
      • The House considered H.R. 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 891 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 184.
      • Agriculture through fiscal year 2023. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, May 17th.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Agriculture now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • King (IA) amendment (No. 1 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that allows Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to go into contracts with drainage districts to provide irrigation or water efficiency;
    • Gibbs amendment (No. 2 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that expresses a sense of Congress encouraging partnerships at the watershed level between nonpoint sources and regulated point sources to advance the goals of the Water Pollution Control Act;
    • Rogers (AL) amendment (No. 4 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that amends the Nutrition title to allow SNAP users to purchase a multivitamin with their SNAP benefits;
    • Bergman amendment (No. 5 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that directs GAO to study the agricultural credit needs of farms, ranches, and related agricultural businesses that are owned or operated by Indian tribes on tribal lands or enrolled members of Indian tribes on Indian allotments; if needs are not being met, report shall include legislative and other recommendations that would result in a system under which the needs are met in an equitable and effective manner;
    • Arrington amendment (No. 6 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that modifies the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Guarantee Loan Program and the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program to permit rural hospitals to refinance existing debt;
    • Jones amendment (No. 7 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that removes the first 1,500 individuals residing on military bases from calculation into population thresholds set for `rural areas’;
    • Latta amendment (No. 8 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that requires the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture, to establish a task force for reviewing the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States; and
    • Thompson (PA) amendment (No. 9 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that adds Chronic Wasting Disease to Sec. 7208, High-Priority Research and Extension Initiatives.
  • H. Res. 891, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5698), (S. 2372), and (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 186, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 185.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, 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: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
  • A list of the 42 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Federal Communications Commission Rule: By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 97), Senate passed S.J. Res. 52, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Restoring Internet Freedom”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 96), Senate agreed to Markey motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
    • Improve Data on Sexual Violence Act:
      • Senate passed S. 2349, to direct the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish an interagency working group to study Federal efforts to collect data on sexual violence and to make recommendations on the harmonization of such efforts.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act:
    • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3249, to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Cornyn/Peters) Amendment No. 2245, in the nature of a substitute.
  • SEA Act:
    • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2772, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for requirements relating to the reassignment of Department of Veterans Affairs senior executive employees, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Tillis) Amendment No. 2244, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Veterans in Rehabilitation Programs:
    • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3562, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and the bill was then passed.
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act:
    • Committee on Rules and Administration was discharged from further consideration of 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, and the bill was then passed.
  • Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall:
    • Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 112, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.
  • National Police Week:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 512, designating the week of May 13 through May 19, 2018, as “National Police Week”.
  • National Foster Care Month:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 513, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster-care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster-care system.
  • National Charter Schools Week:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 514, congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of charter schools across the United States for making ongoing contributions to education, and supporting the ideals and goals of the 19th annual National Charter Schools Week, celebrated May 7 through May 11, 2018.
  • Budget Resolution–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Thursday, May 17, 2018, Senator Paul, or his designee, be recognized to make a motion to proceed to consideration of S. Con. Res. 36, a concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2019 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2020 through 2028; that there be up to 90 minutes of debate on the motion, with 45 minutes under the control of Senator Paul, or his designee, and 45 minutes under the control of the Democratic Leader, or his designee; and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote in relation to the motion.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. EX. 98), Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, Senator Paul will be recognized to make a motion to proceed to S.Con.Res.36 (5-year balanced budget). There will be up to 90 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to a vote in relation the concurrent resolution. Depending on how long leader remarks take a roll call vote in relation to the concurrent resolution around 11:15am.
  • We also expect to consider Executive Calendar #847, the nomination of Gina Haspell, of Kentucky, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Thursday, with votes on cloture and confirmation occurring as early as 2:15pm Thursday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of Opioid Legislation: Part 2

Senate Appropriations
NIH Budget

House Financial Services
Community Development Block Grant Disaster Program

House Ways and Means
Theft/Loss of Social Security Numbers

House Education and the Workforce
Promoting Data Security

House Oversight and Government Reform
Opioid Crisis/National Drug Control Policy

National Journal
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
Addressing the Crisis in Older Adult Mental Health

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Pandemic Preparedness: Policy and Practice in the 21st Century

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5841 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To modernize and strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to more effectively guard against the risk to the national security of the United States posed by certain types of foreign investment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] (Introduced 05/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Intelligence (Permanent Select), Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case…

H.R.5833 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize appropriations for family unification vouchers for rental housing assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 05/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2856 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reform the requirements regarding the safety and security of families living in public and federally assisted housing in high-crime areas.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2854 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish requirements for use of a driver’s license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 05/16/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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