Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider fourteen bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Dana Baiocco, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018:
    • The House failed to pass H.R. 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, by a yea-and-nay vote of 198 yeas to 213 nays, Roll No. 205.
  • Rejected the Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Agriculture with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 204.
  • Agreed to:
    • Pearce amendment (No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that establishes a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding national forests and watersheds;
    • Stefanik amendment (No. 22 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that prioritizes grants for forest restoration under the Competitive Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Grants Program;
    • Faso amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that improves cooperation with the Forest Service to intercept tree and wood pests and would require a report on the interception of forest pests;
    • Costello (PA) amendment (No. 26 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that directs the Secretary to designate, among existing USDA staff, a Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Coordinator in each state, without associated cost;
    • Noem amendment (No. 27 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that creates a new initiative to allow the United States Department of Agriculture to match funds invested in educational programs or services for Indians;
    • Johnson (LA) amendment (No. 29 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that requires the Secretary to consider the totality of conservation measures already in place, or proposed, to mitigate species or habitat loss when determining whether Federal action is likely to jeopardize either;
    • Hollingsworth amendment (No. 30 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that allows the Secretary of the Interior, in conjunction with the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to issue depredation permits to livestock farmers authorizing the taking of black vultures otherwise prohibited by law to prevent damage to livestock during calving season;
    • Roskam amendment (No. 28 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that strengthens prohibitions against animal fighting by ensuring the law applies to all US territories (by a recorded vote of 359 ayes to 51 noes, Roll No. 202); and
    • Banks (IN) amendment (No. 31 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that repeals the final rule issued by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of the Army entitled “Clean Water Rule: Definition of `Waters of the United States”’ (80 Fed. Reg. 37053 (June 29, 2015)) (by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 203).
  • Rejected:
    • Russell amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that was debated on May 17th that sought to amend 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 (by a recorded vote of 54 ayes to 356 noes, Roll No. 200); and
    • Massie amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 115–679) that sought to prohibit federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products between States that allow the distribution of unpasteurized milk or milk products for direct human consumption (by a recorded vote of 79 ayes to 331 noes, Roll No. 201).
  • Representative Ryan (WI) moved that the House reconsider the vote on passage of the bill. Subsequently, proceedings on the motion were postponed.
  • H. Res. 900, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) was agreed to yesterday, May 17th.
  • Meeting Hour:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, May 21st for Morning Hour debate.

 

Today

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1972 – VA Billing Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Smucker / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3642 – Military SAVE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3832 – Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Neal Dunn / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3946 – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the “Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic” (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Allen / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4245 – Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 4830 – SIT-REP Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 4958 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 5044 – Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 5215 – Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 5418 – Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 11) S. 1282 – To redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana (Sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 4334 – Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Correa / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 3663 – To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center (Sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 4451 – Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • At 5:30pm, there will be a cloture vote on the Baiocco nomination. If cloture is invoked, debate would be limited to up to 30 hours.
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments relative to the House Message to accompany S.2372, VA Choice, is 5:00pm Monday. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture.
  • 5:30pm Monday
    • 1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following items:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
    • 2. Motion to concur re: S.2372, VA Choice (Senator McConnell also made a motion to concur with amendment and a motion to refer and filled the amendment tree on each motion)
    • 3. Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation
    • 4. Executive Calendar #672 Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation
    • 5. Executive Calendar #618, James Rudolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
  • During Thursday’s session, the Senate has reached an agreement that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #593, Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. There will be 4 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5886 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To apply the Bank Secrecy Act to dealers in art or antiquities.
Sponsor: Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] (Introduced 05/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5877 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for the registration of venture exchanges, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 05/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5881 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for transparency of Medicare secondary payer reporting information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 05/18/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/18/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…