Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 6756 – American Innovation Act of 2018 and H.R. 6757 – Family Savings Act of 2018. The Senate will consider Lisa Porter to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, September 25th.
    • FDR Historic Preservation Act:
      • H.R. 5420, amended, to authorize the acquisition of land for addition to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in the State of New York, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 394 ayes to 15 noes, Roll No. 404.
    • Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019:
      • The House agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 6157) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, by a yea-and-nay vote of 361 yeas to 61 nays, Roll No. 405.
    • H. Res. 1077, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 6157) and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 1071) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 403, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 402.
    • Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens:
      • The House agreed to H. Res. 1071, recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens, by a yea-and-nay vote of 279 yeas to 72 nays with 69 answering “present”, Roll No. 406.
    • H. Res. 1077, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 6157) and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 1071) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 403, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 402.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, with an amendment:
      • H. Res. 1082, providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, with an amendment, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 398 ayes to 23 noes, Roll No. 407;
    • Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6729, to allow nonprofit organizations to register with the Secretary of the Treasury and share information on activities that may involve human trafficking or money laundering with financial institutions and regulatory authorities, under a safe harbor that offers protections from liability, in order to better identify and report potential human trafficking or money laundering activities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 297 yeas to 124 nays, Roll No. 408;
    • Financial Technology Protection Act:
      • H.R. 5036, amended, to establish an Independent Financial Technology Task Force, to provide rewards for information leading to convictions related to terrorist use of digital currencies, to establish a FinTech Leadership in Innovation Program to encourage the development of tools and programs to combat terrorist and illicit use of digital currencies;
    • Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act:
      • H.R. 6332, to require the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to submit a report to Congress on the way in which data collected pursuant to title 31 is being used;
    • Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act:
      • H.R. 4753, amended, to amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to provide a written report;
    • Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6737, amended, to amend the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act to clarify seasoning requirements for certain refinanced mortgage loans;
    • Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6751, amended, to increase transparency with respect to financial services benefitting state sponsors of terrorism, human rights abusers, and corrupt officials;
    • 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act:
      • H.R. 3834, to provide that members of public safety agencies who died of 9/11-related health conditions are eligible for the Presidential 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor;
    • Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act:
      • H.R. 754, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat in recognition of his heroic achievements and courageous contributions to peace in the Middle East;
    • IG Subpoena Authority Act:
      • H.R. 4917, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to provide testimonial subpoena authority;
    • Guidance Out Of Darkness Act:
      • H.R. 4809, amended, to increase access to agency guidance documents;
    • Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4887, amended, to modernize Federal grant reporting;
    • Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act:
      • H.R. 4431, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for interest payments by agencies in the case of administrative error in processing certain annuity deposits for prior military service;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for interest payments by agencies in the case of administrative error in processing certain annuity deposits for prior military service or certain volunteer service, and for other purposes.”.
    • Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5896, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify the authority for pay and work schedules of border patrol agents;
    • Requiring the United States Postal Service to establish new ZIP codes:
      • H.R. 6846, to require the United States Postal Service to establish new ZIP codes; and
    • REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act:
      • H.R. 3398, to amend the Real ID Act of 2005 to permit Freely Associated States to meet identification requirements under such Act.
    • Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 6157:
      • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and agree to S. Con. Res. 47, directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 6157.
    • Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2018:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6897, to extend the authorizations of Federal aviation programs, to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
    • Designating the flood control project in Sedgwick County, Kansas, commonly known as the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project, as the “M.S. `Mitch’ Mitchell Floodway”:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 3383, to designate the flood control project in Sedgwick County, Kansas, commonly known as the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project, as the “M.S. `Mitch’ Mitchell Floodway”.
    • Renaming a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 1668, to rename a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”.

 

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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 6756 – American Innovation Act of 2018 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 6757 – Family Savings Act of 2018 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • McMahon Nomination:
    • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the nomination of Robert H. McMahon, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  • Porter Nomination–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Lisa Porter, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense; that the time until 12:40 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no motions in order and without intervening action or debate.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. EX. 217), Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive session for the consideration of the following nomination:
    • Executive Calendar 867, Lisa Porter of Virginia to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, with the time until 12:40pm equally divided. Upon use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • 12:40pm—1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #867, Lisa Porter, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
  • Wrap Up for Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the full term of seven years from October 27, 2019 (long-term); confirmed: 51-49.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill/ Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety
Evolution of Telehealth: Patient Awareness and Education”

Senate HELP
Reducing Health Care Costs

House Energy and Commerce
Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Regulatory Policy and Economic Growth

House Financial Services
Oversight of the FHFA

House Judiciary
Sports Betting in America

Senate Finance
Hartogensis Nomination

CFTC
Open Meeting

House Energy and Commerce
The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

House Ways and Means
Social Security IT

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.6925 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require reporting by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Comptroller General of the United States regarding sexual harassment in Federal housing assistance programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 09/26/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.6918 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to change the quarterly reporting requirement with respect to certain registered securities to a semi-annual reporting requirement.
Sponsor: Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 09/26/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.6913 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 09/26/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

S.3503 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to make housing more affordable, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/26/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Health

H.R.6898 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to ensure coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 09/26/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

 

Trade

H.R.6923 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require congressional approval of certain trade remedies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanford, Mark [R-SC-1] (Introduced 09/26/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Rules
Latest Action: House – 09/26/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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 concerned.

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