Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6157, Defense-Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Act of 2019.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Department of Defense Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 6157, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. 188), McConnell (for Nelson/Capito) Amendment No. 3773 (to Amendment No. 3695), to require a Comptroller General of the United States report on the implementation of the Military Health System Genesis electronic health record.
        • By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. 189), McConnell (for Kennedy/Reed) Amendment No. 3703 (to Amendment No. 3695), to increase funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
      • Pending:
        • Shelby Amendment No. 3695, in the nature of a substitute.
        • McConnell (for Shelby) Amendment No. 3699 (to Amendment No. 3695), of a perfecting nature.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on the Shelby Amendment No. 3695 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on 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 Shelby Amendment No. 3695.
        • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018; and that Senate recess from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6157, Defense-Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Act of 2019.
  • The Senate will recess from 3:30pm until 4:30pm to allow for a members-only briefing.
  • Cloture was filed on Shelby substitute amendment #3695 and H.R.6157, Minibus III (Defense/Labor/HHS appropriations).
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Minibus is 1:00pm on Wednesday. The second degree filing deadline is one hour prior to the cloture vote. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture.
  • Amendments Pending to H.R.6157, Minibus III
    • Shelby SA #3695 (substitute)
    • Shelby SA #3699 ($1 million for Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide)

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
FEMA Deputy Administrator Nomination

Senate Finance
Nomination Hearing

Alliance for Health Policy
States of Despair: Understanding Declining Life Expectancy in the United States

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Broadband

S.3360 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to improve access to broadband telecommunications services in rural areas, including by encouraging the provision of broadband loans and grants to increase broadband service in emerging harbor projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 08/21/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 08/21/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

Health

S.3356 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress a report on the health effects of new pyschoactive substances (including synthetic drugs) use.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 08/21/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 08/21/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.3358 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the volume cap for private activity bonds shall not apply to bonds for facilities for furnishing of water and sewage facilities.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 08/21/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/21/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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