Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • 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 Agriculture through fiscal year 2023. Consideration began yesterday, May 16th.
  • Agreed to:
    • Herrera-Beutler amendment (No. 10 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that directs the payment of a portion of stewardship project revenues to the county in which the stewardship project occurs;
    • Gosar amendment (No. 11 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that authorizes counties to be included in Good Neighbor Authority cooperative agreements and contracts in order to improve forest health and bolster watershed restoration;
    • Gianforte amendment (No. 12 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that authorizes expedited salvage operations for areas burned by wildfire to salvage dead trees and reforest to prevent re-burn, provide for the utilization of burned trees, or to provide a funding source for reforestation; requires a two month environmental assessment for reforestation activities and at least 75% of the burned area be reforested;
    • Pearce amendment (No. 15 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that allows the Village of Santa Clara to purchase land from the United States Forest Service that was formerly part of Fort Bayard Military Reservation;
    • LaMalfa amendment (No. 16 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that streamlines the Forest Service application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal land;
    • Westerman amendment (No. 17 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that instructs the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior to provide Congress a yearly report tabulating the metrics surrounding wildfire prevention, including the number of acres treated and agency response time;
    • Pearce amendment (No. 18 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that reauthorizes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for another 10 years;
    • Tipton amendment (No. 19 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to convey 3.61 acres of Forest Service Land to Dolores County, Colorado for the strict purpose of building a fire station;
    • Thornberry amendment (No. 20 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that establishes Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers to limit subjectivity and increase the accuracy of grading cattle across the country;
    • Conaway amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that makes technical and conforming changes, in addition to making amendments to titles IV, VI and XI of H.R. 2; these amendments consist of changes to nutrition programs, requiring consultation between USDA and NTIA on broadband loan and grant programs and establishing a food access liaison at USDA;
    • LaHood amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that streamlines the sign up process for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) by directing the Secretary of Agriculture to change the regulatory requirements from an annual sign up to a “one and done” process for ARC and PLC only;
    • Faso amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that expands USDA’s ability to assess natural resource concerns through enhanced measurement, evaluation, and reporting on conservation program outcomes;
    • Fortenberry amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that provides sequencing and prioritization for volunteer visits and improves communication and coordination between USDA, USAID and implementing partners; the amendment also establishes a geographically defined crop yield metrics system and an Internet-based resource for data and knowledge sharing among the participants, stakeholders and the public;
    • MacArthur amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that ensures that if an individual becomes ineligible to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program as a household member due to failure to meet the requirements under subparagraph (B), the remaining household members (including children), shall not become ineligible to apply to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program due to such individuals ineligibility;
    • Holding amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law;
    • González-Colón amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a feasibility study on developing a Thrifty Food Plan to calculate the amount of the Nutritional Assistance Program for Puerto Rico;
    • Young (AK) amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that expands access to traditional foods for native populations first created in Sec. 4033 of PL 113–79;
    • Gonzlez-Colón amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide an extension of study on comparable access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico;
    • Faso amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that provides states the flexibility to contract out administrative functions of SNAP (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 196);
    • Westerman amendment (No. 13 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that requires the Forest Service to consider long-term health of our nations forests when developing collaborative management plans, and shields agency decision making from certain injunctions on sustainable forest management (by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 198);
    • Young (AK) amendment (No. 14 printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–677) that exempts all National Forests in Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule (by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 207 noes, Roll No. 199);
    • Turner amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that ensures that newly designated 1890 Institution’s base funding is calculated by using the same formula as already established 1890 Institutions;
    • Stefanik amendment (No. 19 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that adds invasive vegetation to Section 602 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act; and
    • Cheney amendment (No. 20 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that directs the USFS and DOI to make vacant allotments available to grazing permit or lease holders in the event of a natural disaster, conflict with wildlife, or court-issued injunction; to prevent a court injunction in the event that the federal agency is unable to make a vacant allotment available.
  • Rejected:
    • Foxx amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that sought to modernize and reform the sugar program by removing barriers to domestic production and implementing market reforms (by a recorded vote of 137 ayes to 278 noes, Roll No. 193);
    • McClintock amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that sought to phase out agricultural subsidies (by a recorded vote of 34 ayes to 380 noes, Roll No. 194);
    • McClintock amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that sought to amend SNAP work requirements to repeal geographic area waivers to allow states to exempt only 5% of SNAP recipients, set the same hour per week work requirement for married parents as for single parents, exempt parents of children under 3 instead of children under 6, and require participants in training programs to go through E Verify (by a recorded vote of 83 ayes to 330 noes, Roll No. 195); and
    • Biggs amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that sought to repeal the bioenergy subsidy programs established in title IX of the 2002 farm bill (by a recorded vote of 75 ayes to 340 noes, Roll No. 197).
  • Withdrawn:
    • Rogers (AL) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that amends the Conservation Title to cap the number of CRP acres at 24 million a year.
  • Proceedings Postponed:
    • Russell amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that seeks to amends the Agricultural Risk Protection act of 2000 to prohibit the Department of Agriculture (USDA) from awarding value-added agricultural product market development grants to support the marketing of beer, wine, distilled spirits, hard cider, or other alcohol products; the amendment also rescinds $8 million of the unobligated funds that were previously provided to USDA for grants.
  • H. Res. 891, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5698), (S. 2372), and (H.R. 2) was agreed to yesterday, May 16th.
  • H. Res. 900, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 191, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 190.
  • Unanimous Consent Agreement:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 2 in the Committee of the Whole, pursuant to House Resolution 900, amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 115–679 may be considered out of sequence.
  • Discharge Petition:
    • Representative Doyle presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of H. Res. 873, providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 129) 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” (Discharge Petition No. 11).

 

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
  • Postponed Amendment Vote:
    • Rep. Steve Russell Amendment
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Steve Pearce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Elise Stefanik Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Faso Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Brat / Blumenauer / Titus  Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Massie / Rohrabacher / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Costello / Emmer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Kristi Noem Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Roskam / Blumenauer / Faso / Knight Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Johnson (LA) / Gosar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Hollingsworth / Goodlatte / Womack / Palazzo / Comer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Banks / Gosar / Pearce / Smith (MO) / Cramer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Budget Resolution:
      • By 21 yeas to 76 nays (Vote No. 99), Senate rejected Paul 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.
  • Prior to the consideration of this measure, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
  • House Messages:
    • Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act–Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to S. 2372, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • 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 Amendment No. 2246 (to the House Amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2247 (to Amendment No. 2246), of a perfecting nature.
          • McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2248, to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2249 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2248), of a perfecting nature.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 2250 (to Amendment No. 2249), of a perfecting nature.
          • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in 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 upon disposition of the nomination of Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Prior to the consideration of this measure today, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the House message to accompany the bill be at 5 p.m., on Monday, May 21, 2018.
    • Baiocco Nomination–Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    • 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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, May 17, 2018, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, May 21, 2018.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the nomination at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, May 21, 2018; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the cloture motions filed on Thursday, May 17, 2018 ripen at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, May 21, 2018.
    • McWilliams Nomination–Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    • 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 the House message to accompany S. 2372, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Evans Nomination–Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg, Department of State.
    • 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 the nomination of Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Montgomery Nomination–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and that there be four hours of debate, equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. EX. 101), Gina Haspel, of Kentucky, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 100), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • 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.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.2885 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require additional disclosure for pharmaceutical companies.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5867 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize a joint action plan and report on drug waste.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 05/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5865 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish programs related to prevention of prescription opioid misuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17] (Introduced 05/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as…

S.2875 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain services furnished by opioid treatment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/17/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.5872 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on the deduction for State and local taxes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] (Introduced 05/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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