Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 14 bills under suspension of the rules and will move to consideration of H.R. 6147 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of James Blew, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. Upon disposition of the Blew nomination, there will be an immediate cloture vote on the Quarles nomination.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Electronic Message Preservation Act:
      • H.R. 1376, to amend title 44, United States Code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by Federal agencies, to require a certification and reports relating to Presidential records;
    • Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act:
      • H.R. 5415, amended, to require agencies to submit reports on outstanding recommendations in the annual budget justification submitted to Congress;
    • Amending the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act to extend the expiration date of the Commission:
      • H.R. 4446, amended, to amend the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act to extend the expiration date of the Commission;
    • Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act:
      • H.R. 3076, amended, to amend section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act) to require agencies to accept electronic release forms;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on electronic consent forms, and for other purposes.”.
    • Amending title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the requirements that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration:
      • S. 899, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the requirements that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
        • “To amend title 5, United States Code, to ensure that the requirements that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration.”.
    • Route 66 Centennial Commission Act:
      • H.R. 66, amended, to establish the Route 66 Centennial Commission, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66;
    • Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act:
      • H.R. 3906, amended, to establish centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control infrastructure;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a stormwater infrastructure funding task force, and for other purposes.”.
    • Promoting Flood Risk Mitigation Act:
      • H.R. 5846, amended, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the buyout practices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;
    • Reinstating and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam:
      • S. 490, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam;
    • Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5333, amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved new drug application; and
    • Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018:
      • H.R. 5554, amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) House Amendment to S. 717 – POWER Act, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.Res. 995 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Nation now faces a more complex and grave set of threats than at any time since the end of World War II, and that the lack of full, on-time funding related to defense activities puts servicemen and servicewomen at risk, harms national security, and aids the adversaries of the United States (Sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney / Armed Services Committee)
    • 3) H.Res. ___ – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Marine Corps faces significant readiness challenges and that budgetary uncertainty impedes the Corps’ ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Armed Services Committee)
    • 4) H.Res. ___ – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Navy’s total readiness remains in a perilous state due to high operational demands, increased deployment lengths, shortened training periods, and deferred maintenance all while the Navy is asked to “do more with less” as financial support for critical areas waned in the era of sequestration and without consistent Congressional funding (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Wittman / Armed Services Committee)
    • 5) House Amendment to S. 488 – JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey / Financial Services Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 4819 – DELTA Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 3030 – Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 4989 – Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 5105 – BUILD Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 5480 – Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 1037 – To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 3777 – Juab County Conveyance Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mia Love / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 4032 – Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 4645 – East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Gianforte / Natural Resources Committee)
  • H.R. 6147 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • A list of the 87 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Blew Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of James Blew, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018; that at 11:45 a.m., all time be yielded back and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate; and that following disposition of the nomination, and notwithstanding Rule XXII, the cloture motions filed on Thursday, July 12, 2018 ripen.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By a unanimous vote of 85 yeas (Vote No. EX. 155), Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #601, the nomination of James Blew, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. At 11:45am there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Blew nomination, there will be an immediate cloture vote on the Quarles nomination.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Quarles nomination the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.
  • During Thursday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #595, Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve;
    • 2. Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; and
    • 3. Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Tuesday at 11:45am – 2 roll call votes
    • 1. Executive Calendar #601, the nomination of James Blew, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education
    • 2.Cloture on Executive Calendar #595, Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate EPW
The Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018

House Judiciary
Examining the Content Filtering Practices of Social Media Giants

Senate Banking
Monetary Policy Report

Senate HELP
Eliminating Excess Health Care Spending

House Ways and Means
Combating Medicare Fraud

House Oversight and Government Reform
Tribal Energy Resources: Reducing Barriers to Opportunity

House Energy and Commerce
Health Care Costs Transparency

House Energy and Commerce
Clean Air Act Modification Markup

House Financial Services
Capital Regimes for Financial Institutions

House Rules
Carbon Tax Resolution

House Ways and Means
Modernizing Stark Law-313

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.3214 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 07/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6380 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to subject crowdfunding vehicles to the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6379 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To extend the National Flood Insurance Program until November 30, 2018.
Sponsor: Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3213 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to subject crowdfunding vehicles to the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 07/16/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.6378 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall…

 

Sanctions

H.R.6384 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose sanctions relating to persons operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 07/16/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of…

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