Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 2851 – Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018:
    • The House passed H.R. 5788, to provide for the processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of certain international mail shipments and to require the provision of advance electronic information on international mail shipments of mail, by a yea-and-nay vote of 353 yeas to 52 nays, Roll No. 265.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–751, modified by the amendment printed in part D of H. Rept. 115–751, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 934, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2851), (H.R. 5735), and (H.R. 5788) was agreed to yesterday, June 13th.
  • Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 5735, to amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 to establish a demonstration program to set aside section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 266.
  • 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 an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–73, in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Barr amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that clarifies selection requirements for eligible entities, removes recovery treatment time limits, and makes additional technical changes;
    • Rohrabacher amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that alters the application section to require eligible entities to provide proof to the Secretary that the supportive housing facilities to which they provide financial assistance have authorization to operate by the local government with jurisdiction over that zone;
    • Moore amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that addresses the devastating opioid crisis in tribal communities by ensuring that tribal housing authorities are designated as eligible entities to receive vouchers and ensuring that the selection criteria for awarding vouchers reflects the impact that opioids is having in tribal communities; and
    • Biggs amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that removes a requirement to include recommendations for further continuation and expansion of the voucher program in a report to Congress.
  • H. Res. 934, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2851), (H.R. 5735), and (H.R. 5788) was agreed to yesterday, June 13th.
  • United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following individual on the part of the House to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission for a term expiring on December 31, 2019: Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, U.S. Navy, Retired, Arlington, VA.

 

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 2851 – Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Judiciary Committee / Energy  and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Griffith / Raskin / Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mac Thornberry Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 125), Reed Amendment No. 2885 (to Amendment No. 2276), of a perfecting nature.
        • Inhofe (for Boozman) Amendment No. 2276 (to Amendment No. 2282), to require a report on the permanent stationing of the United States forces in the Republic of Poland.
        • Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Withdrawn:
        • Inhofe (for Rounds) Amendment No. 2273 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282), to require a report on participation in the Transition Assistance Program.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 35 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 123), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282), to require congressional review of certain regulations issued by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
      • By 83 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 124), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282 (listed above).
      • Chair sustained a point of order that Lee Amendment No. 2366 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282), to clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority does not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • Reed Amendment No. 2842 (to Amendment No. 2366), to require the authorization of appropriation of amounts for the development of new or modified nuclear weapons, fell when Lee Amendment No. 2366 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282) fell.
      • Chair sustained a point of order that McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282) (listed above), was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • Reed/Warren Amendment No. 2756 (to Amendment No. 2700), to require the authorization of appropriation of amounts for the development of new or modified nuclear weapons, fell when McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282) fell.
      • By 81 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 126), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reach providing that Senate resume consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, June 18, 2018; that it be in order for Senator Sanders, or his designee, to raise a single Congressional Budget Act point of order that lay against Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, as amended, and that a motion to waive then be considered to have been made and Senate vote on the motion, without intervening action or debate; that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the bill, as amended, expire at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, June 18, 2018; and that the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, ripen following disposition of the bill.
      • Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act–Cloture:
        • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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 H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6107 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To clarify that Bureau of Land Management shall not require permits for oil and gas activities conducted on non-Federal surface estate to access subsurface mineral estate that is less than 50 percent Federally owned, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.6106 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to clarify the authorized categorical exclusions and authorize additional categorical exclusions to streamline the oil and gas permitting process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6102 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to establish prudential management and operations standards for mortgage servicers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3070 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reform the living will process under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 06/14/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.6117 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the establishment of Medicare part E public health plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on 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 fall within the…

H.R.6114 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the waiting periods for disability insurance benefits and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (35)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6110 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the review and adjustment of payments under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system to avoid financial incentives to use opioids instead of non-opioid alternative treatments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 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.3067 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 06/14/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.6111 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 with respect to high priority corridors on the National Highway System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] (Introduced 06/14/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 06/14/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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