Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 50 – Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act:
    • The House passed 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 233 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 325.
  • Rejected the Huffman 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 230 nays, Roll No. 324.
  • H. Res. 985, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 50) and (H.R. 3281) was agreed to yesterday, July 11th.
  • Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019:
    • The House passed H.R. 6237, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a yea-and-nay vote of 363 yeas to 54 nays, Roll No. 326.
  • 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 115–80, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute now printed in the bill.
  • Agreed to:
    • Schiff amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that adds Russian to the list of the languages in Sec. 1501;
    • Schneider amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that amends Sec. 1503 to include a list of foreign state or foreign non-state actors involved in the threats to election campaigns for Federal offices;
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that amends the Sense of Congress already in the bill on the importance of re-review of security clearances held by individuals by adding consideration of whether the security clearance holder’s association or sympathy with persons or organizations that advocate, threaten, or use force or violence, or any other illegal or unconstitutional means, in an effort to prevent others from exercising their rights under the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any state, including but not limited to race, religion, national origin, or disability;
    • Vargas amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that adds “the use of virtual currencies” to “section 1505” to ensure it is included in the assessment of threat finance;
    • Torres amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that directs Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis, to produce a national intelligence estimate of the revenue sources of the North Korean regime;
    • Hastings amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that directs the Director of National Intelligence to create and implement a plan that expands the recruitment efforts of all intelligence agencies geographic parameters used in recruitment efforts so that rural and other underserved regions across the n ion are more fully represented in such efforts;
    • Schneider amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that directs the DNI to report on Iran’s support for proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon, including Hizballah, and an assessment of the threat posed to Israel and other U.S. regional allies;
    • Bera amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that requires a briefing to relevant Congressional committees on the anticipated geopolitical effects of emerging infectious disease and pandemics, and their implications on the national security of the United States;
    • Kennedy amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the potential establishment of the “Foreign Malign Influence Response Center” comprised of analysts from all elements of the intelligence community, to provide comprehensive assessment of foreign efforts to influence United States political processes and elections;
    • Rice (NY) amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report on the possible exploitation of virtual currencies by terrorist actors;
    • Lipinski amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that requires an annual report from the Director of National Intelligence describing Iranian expenditures on military and terrorist activities outside the country, such as on Hezbollah, Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hamas, and proxy forces in Iraq and Syria; and
    • Davidson amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 115–815) that enhances oversight by augmenting existing semiannual reporting requirements regarding disciplinary actions.
    • H. Res. 989, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6237) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 323, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 322.

 

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • H.R. 50 – Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Raskin / Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Juan Vargas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Quarles Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • 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 on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
  • Oldham Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • 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 Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Bounds Nomination–Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • 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 Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Stump Nomination–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, July 16, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education; that the time until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees; and that Senate then vote on confirmation of the nomination with no intervening action or debate.
  • Nominations Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • By 70 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. EX. 154), Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.
      • Kelly Higashi, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years.
      • Emory A. Rounds III, of Maine, to be Director of the Office of Government Ethics for a term of five years.
      • Georgette Mosbacher, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Congressmen Lipinski and LoBiondo
Panel Discussion on the Growth of Commercial UAS

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6351 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to improve the process by which the Secretary of Energy authorizes the transfer of civilian nuclear commerce technology and assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 07/12/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/12/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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…

 

Financial Services

H.R.6352 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require certain creditors to obtain certifications from institutions of higher education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] (Introduced 07/12/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/12/2018 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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…

 

Health

H.R.6343 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a demonstration program and pilot project to expand choice for inpatient psychiatric services under Medicaid and Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 07/12/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 07/12/2018 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.3212 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/12/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 07/12/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6341 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Protect Medicare for Seniors Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] (Introduced 07/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/11/2018 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…

H.R.6340 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Capping Prescription Costs Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] (Introduced 07/11/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/11/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6340 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Capping Prescription Costs Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] (Introduced 07/11/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/11/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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