Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.Con.Res. 119 – Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy and complete consideration of H.R. 6147 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018–Motion to go to Conference:
    • The House agreed by unanimous consent to disagree to the Senate amendment and request a conference on H.R 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023.
  • Agreed to the Peterson motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 20 nays, Roll No. 336.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
      • H. Res. 990, amended, supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 35 nays with 133 answering “present”, Roll No. 337.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, July 17th.
      • Authorizing the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs:
        • H.R. 1037, amended, to authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 338.
      • Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy-
        • -Rule for Consideration:
          • The House agreed to H. Res. 1001, providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 119) expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 340, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 339.
      • Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019:
        • The House continued consideration of H.R. 6147, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. Consideration began yesterday, July 17th.
    • Agreed to:
      • O’Halleran amendment (No. 27 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 217 ayes to 196 noes, Roll No. 343);
      • Moore amendment (No. 42 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Moore amendment (No. 45 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Loudermilk amendment (No. 47 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Byrne amendment (No. 52 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Burgess amendment (No. 53 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 58 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Perry amendment (No. 59 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Posey amendment (No. 64 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Denham amendment (No. 65 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Abraham amendment (No. 66 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 67 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 68 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Larson (CT) amendment (No. 71 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 72 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment (No. 73 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Palazzo amendment (No. 74 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Soto amendment (No. 75 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Soto amendment (No. 76 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Kustoff (TN) amendment (No. 78 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Murphy amendment (No. 79 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Polis amendment (No. 80 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Zeldin amendment (No. 82 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Mullin amendment (No. 43 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 346);
      • Mullin amendment (No. 44 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 347);
      • McMorris Rodgers amendment (No. 46 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 348);
      • Lamborn amendment (No. 48 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 349);
      • Lamborn amendment (No. 49 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 201 noes, Roll No. 350);
      • Goodlatte amendment (No. 50 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 351);
      • Pearce amendment (No. 62 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 216 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 354);
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 70 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 357);
      • Palmer amendment (No. 83 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 359);
      • Meadows amendment (No. 84 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 360); and
      • Rothfus amendment (No. 85 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 361).
    • Rejected:
      • Biggs amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 237 noes with one answering “present”, Roll No. 341);
      • Grijalva amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 342);
      • Adams amendment (No. 29 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 218 noes, Roll No. 344);
      • Grothman amendment (No. 39 printed in H. Rept. 115–830), (by a recorded vote of 114 ayes to 297 noes, Roll No. 345);
      • Carbajal amendment (No. 77 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Gallego amendment (No. 51 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 352);
      • Pearce amendment (No. 60 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 209 noes, Roll No. 353);
      • Gosar amendment (No. 63 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 355);
      • Jody B. Hice (GA) amendment (No. 69 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 356);
      • Carbajal amendment (No. 81 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 358); and
      • McHenry amendment (No. 87 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (by a recorded vote of 201 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 362).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Emmer amendment (No. 55 printed in H. Rept. 115–830);
      • Grothman amendment (No. 56 printed in H. Rept. 115–830); and
      • Connolly amendment (No. 57 printed in H. Rept. 115–830) (80 Fed. Reg. 21301).

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • H.Con.Res. 119 – Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of 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 SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Microloan Modernization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 526, to amend the Small Business Act to provide for expanded participation in the microloan program, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Rounds (for Risch) Amendment No. 3397, to strike section 4.
    • Small Business Innovation Protection Act:
      • Senate passed S. 791, to amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses.
    • White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act:
      • Senate passed S. 2850, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Rounds (for Flake) Amendment No. 3398, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Bounds Nomination–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 161), 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 19, 2018; and that all time in recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count against post-cloture time.
    • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. EX. 160), Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • All time during adjournment, recess, morning business, and leader remarks will count post-cloture. It’s expected that the Senate could vote on confirmation of the Bounds nomination early Thursday afternoon.
  • Thursday TBD – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Select Intelligence
China’s Threat to U.S. Research/Innovation Leadership

Senate Banking
CFPB/Export-Import Bank Nominations

House Energy and Commerce
21st Century Cures: Examining Mental Health Initiatives

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Reorganization and Modernization Proposals for DOE and DOI

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.3231 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN] (Introduced 07/18/2018) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 07/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.6431 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain reforms with respect to medicare supplemental health insurance policies.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9] (Introduced 07/18/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/18/2018 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…

 

Sanctions

H.R.6423 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose sanctions with respect to certain Russian financial institutions.
Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 07/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 07/18/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

S.3233 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to impose sanctions with respect to persons responsible for violence and human rights abuses in Nicaragua, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 07/18/2018) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 07/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

Trade

S.3230 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to impose a limitation on increases in duties on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, to improve congressional oversight of tariffs imposed to protect national security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 07/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 07/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.