Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 6237 – Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 and H.R. 3281 – Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Paul C. Ney, Jr., to be General Counsel, Department of Defense.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act and Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act–Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 985, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 50) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3281) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 319, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 318.
  • Expressing support for the countries of Eastern Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 256, expressing support for the countries of Eastern Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations, amended by Representative Royce.
  • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
    • “Expressing support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.”.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act:
      • H.R. 2075, amended, to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities in order to protect adjacent private property.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls and Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Areas in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities to protect private property, and for other purposes.”.
    • Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act:
      • The House passed H.R. 200, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 321.
    • Rejected the Gomez motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 187 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 320.
    • 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 Natural Resources now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that strikes sections 302(c) and 307, and modifies sections 205, 207, 304, 306, 406, and 408; also includes a new section regarding voting procedures for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program’s administrative panel;
      • Courtney amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that creates an industry-based pilot trawl survey for the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions;
      • Webster (FL) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that waives compensatory mitigation requirements for maintenance dredging projects in certain inland waterways, inlets, or harbors;
      • Graves (LA) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–786), as modified, that requires the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress on resource rent of LAPPs in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, ways to the Treasury can reclaim that resource rent, and ways to eliminate fiduciary conflicts of interest in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils;
      • Keating amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that directs the Secretary to submit a plan to establish fully operational electronic monitoring and reporting procedures for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery;
      • Poliquin amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that requires NOAA to conduct a study on all fees it charges the lobster industry and report those findings to Congress;
      • Zeldin amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that lifts the ban on striped bass fishing in the Block Island transit zone between Montauk, NY and Block Island, RI;
      • Keating amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that directs the Secretary to use funds collected from penalties and fines for monitoring in addition to traditional enforcement activities; and
      • Gaetz amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 115–786), as modified, that rewards the elimination of lionfish from United States waters by allowing individuals to exchange lionfish for tags authorizing fishing for certain species in addition to the number of such species otherwise authorized to be taken by such individuals.
    • Rejected:
      • Langevin amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that sought to provide voting representation for Rhode Island on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); and
      • Huffman amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–786) that sought to ensure that rebuilding plans are successful in rebuilding overfished fish stocks.
    • Agreed that in the engrossment of the bill, the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes to the bill including the change placed at the desk.
    • H. Res. 965, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 200) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 317, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 316.

 

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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 6237 – Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bill Keating Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Brad Schneider Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Juan Vargas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Torres / Wagner Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Schneider / Meadows / Torres / Sinema Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bera / Connolly / Garamendi / Larsen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Joe Kennedy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Rice / King (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Dan Lipinski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Warren Davidson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • H.R. 3281 – Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
    • Senate insisted on its amendment to H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, agreed to the request of the House for a conference, and authorized the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill to be instructed to insist on the inclusion in the final conference report the following motions proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • By 94 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 150), Cassidy Motion to Instruct Conferees to insist that the final conference report include provisions that have the effect of extending the National Flood Insurance Program, and the authority of the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue notes and obligations with respect to that program, through January 31, 2019.
        • By 88 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 151), Corker Motion to Instruct Conferees to insist that the conference report include language providing a role for Congress in making a determination under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 1862).
  • The Chair appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:
    • Senators Shelby, Alexander, Boozman, Daines, Lankford, Leahy, Feinstein, Schatz, and Murphy.
  • Ney Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 74 yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 153), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, July 12, 2018; and that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 1:30 p.m.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. EX. 152), Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee to be General Counsel, Department of Defense, post-cloture.
  • At 1:30pm, all post cloture time on the Ney nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Thursday at 1:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee to be General Counsel, Department of Defense

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Credit Bureaus/Fair Credit Reporting Act Overview

CFTC
Market Risk Advisory Committee

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Interstate Natural Gas/Electricity Delivery Networks

House Financial Services
Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury

House Homeland Security
Homeland Security Supply Chain

House Science, Space and Technology
Big Data Challenges/Advanced Computing Solutions

Senate Foreign Relations
Tariffs: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy and the International Economy

House Financial Services
Countering the Financial Networks of Weapons Proliferation

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Tax

H.R.6329 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the value of taxable estates bequests to certain exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 07/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 07/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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