Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider eight bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Stephen Alexander Vaden, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4254 – Women in Aerospace Education Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 2) S. 1768 – National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 5273 – Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1567 – United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4591 – Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 6207 – Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 7) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 390 – Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 8) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 140 – Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • National Native American Heritage Month: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 702, recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • Congratulating the Boston Red Sox:
    • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 687, congratulating the Boston Red Sox on winning the 2018 World Series, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 704, expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.
  • National Phenylketonuria Awareness Day:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 705, designating December 3, 2018, as “National Phenylketonuria Awareness Day”.
  • Authorizing Legal Representation:
    • Senate agreed to S. Res. 706, to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of Jacob R. Kent, et al., v. R.L. Vallee, Inc., et al.
  • Vaden Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 49 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 245), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that all post-cloture time on the nomination be considered expired at 12:15 p.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

 

Today

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #544, Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture, post-cloture. All post-cloture time will expire at 12:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Kelley nomination.
  • Following the votes, we expect to recess for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Tuesday at approximately 12:15pm – 2 roll call votes
    • 1. Confirmation  of Executive Calendar #544, Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture
    • 2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #544, Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture (Confirmation 12:15pm Tuesday);
    • 2. Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce (12:35pm Tuesday);
    • 3. Executive Calendar #626, Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina;
    • 4. Executive Calendar #1141, Jonathan A Kobes, of South Dakota, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit; and
    • 5. Executive Calendar #1064, Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

FDA
Identifying the Root Causes of Drug Shortages and Finding Enduring Solutions

AEI
The new Medicare physician payment regulation: What does it mean for physicians and patients?

Senate Energy
Pending Nominations

National Academy of Sciences
Readiness for Microbial Threats

Atlantic Council/Politico
USMCA at Signing: The Implications for Consumers and the Road Ahead for Congress
Atlantic Council Headquarters, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor

Senate Commerce
Federal Trade Commission Oversight

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.3657 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury program.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 11/26/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 11/26/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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