Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Jelena McWilliams, to be Chairperson and Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019:
    • The House considered H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Consideration began yesterday, May 22nd.
  • Agreed to:
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 1 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–702: Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 1); Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 2); Suozzi (No. 4); Cicilline (No. 5); Connolly (No. 6); Crawford (No. 7); Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 9); Kuster (NH) (No. 11); Schneider (No. 12); Lawson (FL) (No. 14); Velázquez (No. 15); Clarke (NY) (No. 16); Hartzler (No. 17); McCaul (No. 18); Velázquez (No. 20); Norman (No. 21); Poliquin (No. 23); Wilson (SC) (No. 24) ‘; Russell (No. 25); Hastings (No. 26); Adams (No. 27); Sessions (No. 28); Smith (WA) (No. 29); Jody B. Hice (GA) (No. 30); Meadows (No. 33); Demings (No. 34); Brendan F. Boyle (PA) (No. 35); Cheney (No. 36); Bass (No. 37); Crowley (No. 38); Hunter (No. 40); Vela (No. 42); Norman (No. 44); McMorris Rodgers (No. 45); Norton (No. 47); Beyer (No. 48); LaMalfa (No. 49); Panetta (No. 51); Hunter (No. 52); Curbelo (FL) (No. 53),; Stefanik (No. 54); Graves (LA) (No. 56); Takano (No. 57); Tenney (No. 58); Lipinski (No. 59); and Jones (No. 60)
    • Guthrie amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that authorizes the Secretary of the Army to continue to provide for the production, treatment, management, and use of natural gas located under Fort Knox, Kentucky;
    • Gallagher amendment (No. 55 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that adds the use of immigration programs and visas by the Chinese Communist Party to enter the United States for the purposes of political, academic, or social influence efforts to the strategy required in Section 1252;
    • Amodei amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that addresses mine permitting issues in relationship to minerals deemed critical for national security and the nation’s infrastructure; the amendment is consistent with EO 13604 and EO 13817 from 2012 and 2017 respectively which ordered federal agencies to reduce the time required to make permitting and review decisions for critical mineral projects (by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 223);
    • McGovern amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that requires the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans) (by a recorded vote of 408 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 224);
    • Engel amendment (No. 43 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that authorizes financial and visa sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the Burmese military and security forces; limits U.S. military and security assistance with Burma until reforms take place; incentivizes reform of the Burmese gemstone sector which is notoriously dominated by the military; and requires a determination of what crimes the Burmese military committed, including genocide (by a recorded vote of 382 ayes to 30 noes, Roll No. 227);
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 2 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–702: Ross (No. 31); Zeldin (No. 32); Blunt Rochester (No. 61); Fitzpatrick (No. 62); Fitzpatrick (No. 63); Fitzpatrick (No. 64); Poe (TX) (No. 65); Carbajal (No. 66); Lance (No. 67); Foster (No. 68); Cárdenas (No. 69); Meng (No. 70); Meng (No. 71); Meng (No. 72); Smith (WA) (No. 73); Bera (No. 74); Meadows (No. 75); and Schiff (No. 76);
    • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 3 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–702: Heck (No. 77); Esty (No. 78); Krishnamoorthi (No. 79); Gabbard (No. 80); Crawford (No. 81); Castro (TX) (No. 83); Thornberry (No. 84); Ben Ray Luján (NM) (No. 85); Biggs (No. 86); McSally (No. 87); Jackson Lee (No. 88); Jackson Lee (No. 89); Jackson Lee (No. 91); and Jackson Lee (No. 92)
  • Rejected:
    • Nolan amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–698) that was debated on May 22nd that sought to strike the authorization of funds made available under the Overseas Contingency Operations account (by a recorded vote of 62 ayes to 351 noes, Roll No. 219);
    • Gabbard amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–698) that was debated on May 22nd that sought to strike section 1225, a required strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran (by a recorded vote of 60 ayes to 355 noes, Roll No. 220);
    • Aguilar amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–698) that was debated on May 22nd that sought to add to an already-mandated annual report, this amendment would require DoD to include a 20-year estimate of the projected life cycle costs of each type of nuclear weapon and delivery platform in its text (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 221);
    • Garamendi amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–698) that was debated on May 22nd that sought to limit 50% of the funding for the W76–2 warhead modification program until the Secretary of Defense submits a report assessing the program’s impacts on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to
    • McKinley amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that sought to institute domestic sourcing requirements for dinner ware within the Department of Defense (by a recorded vote of 160 ayes to 252 noes, Roll No. 225);
    • Tenney amendment (No. 19 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that sought to reinstate the Berry Amendment’s long-standing domestic sourcing requirement for stainless steel flatware and provides a one year phase-in period (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 226); and
    • Polis amendment (No. 50 printed in H. Rept. 115–702) that sought to reduce the amount authorized for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Weapons Account to the amount in the budget request (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 228).
  • H. Res. 905, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5515), (S. 204), and (S. 2155) was agreed to yesterday, May 22nd.
  • H. Res. 908, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 218, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 217.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for no further 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 75 remaining amendments made in order can be found HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Enrollment Correction:
      • Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 121, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 2372.
  • Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatments Act:
    • Senate passed S. 916, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the delivery of a controlled substance by a pharmacy to an administering practitioner, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Cassidy) Amendment No. 2267, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Cassidy) Amendment No. 2268, to amend the title.
  • Tribal HUD–VASH Act:
    • Senate passed S. 1333, to provide for rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Inspector General Recommendation Transparency Act:
    • Senate passed S. 2178, to require the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to make open recommendations of Inspectors General publicly available, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Condemning the Attack in Santa Fe, Texas:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 521, condemning the horrific attack in Santa Fe, Texas, and expressing support and prayers for all of those impacted by the tragedy.
  • House Messages:
    • Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act:
      • By 92 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 106), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in 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 taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • Rejected:
          • 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. (Senate tabled the motion.)
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2247 (to Amendment No. 2246), of a perfecting nature, fell when 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) (listed above) was tabled.
    • Signing Authority–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senator Tillis be authorized to sign the enrollment of S. 2155, to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections.
    • McWilliams Nominations–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 72 yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 107), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 73 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 108), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the McWilliams nominations be considered expired at 12 noon, on Thursday, May 24, 2018; that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg, Department of State, the time until 1:45 p.m., be equally divided in the usual form, and at 1:45 p.m., Senate vote on confirmation of the James Randolph Evans nomination.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nominations, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
      • Marcus 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 Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education; and that there then be ten 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 74 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. EX. 105), Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 24.
  • Following Leader remarks tomorrow, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #670 and #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson and Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • At 12:00 noon, there will be a series of votes on confirmation of the McWilliams nominations, cloture on the Evans (Amb. to Luxembourg). If cloture is invoked on the Evans nomination, at 1:45pm there will be a vote on confirmation.
  • 12:00 noon—Up to 3 roll call votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and
    • 2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation.
    • 3. Cloture on
  • 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #618, James Rudolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
  • Agreement of Marcus nomination
    • At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive session for the consideration of the following nomination: Executive Calendar #603, Exec. Cal. #603 – Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education.
  • There will be 10 hours of debate equally divided in the usual form and that following the use or yielding back of time the Senate vote on the nomination with no intervening action or debate; that if confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action, that no further motions be in order, and that any statements relating to the nomination be printed in the Record.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.5933 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prevent substance abuse and reduce demand for illicit narcotics.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/23/2018 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within…

H.R.5927 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to expand, intensify, and coordinate research and other activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/23/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5926 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidelines for prescribing naloxone, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/23/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5925 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To codify provisions relating to the Office of National Drug Control, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Intelligence (Permanent Select), Appropriations
Latest Action: House – 05/23/2018 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker…

S.2931 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to develop national milestones to measure success in curtailing the opioid epidemic.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/23/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2928 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/23/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.5928 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, forgive all outstanding Federal student loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] (Introduced 05/23/2018) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/23/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions…

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