Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Karen Dunn Kelley, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Women in Aerospace Education Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4254, to amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women;
    • National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act:
      • S. 1768, to reauthorize and amend the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program;
    • Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5273, amended, to reduce global fragility and violence by improving the capacity of the United States to reduce and address the causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility in pilot countries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 421;
    • Amend the title so as to read:
      • “To reduce global fragility and violence by improving the capacity of the United States to reduce and address the causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility, and for other purposes.”.
    • United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act:
      • H.R. 1567, amended, to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico;
    • Preventing Iranian Destabilization of Iraq Act:
      • H.R. 4591, amended, to impose sanctions with respect to Iranian persons that threaten the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq;
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6207, amended, to support democracy and accountability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 374 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 422;
    • Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 390, to provide emergency relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes; and
    • Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.
  • Redesignating a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 3389, to redesignate a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Oath of Office–Fifteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania:
    • Representative-elect Susan Wild presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of a letter received from Mr. Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Bureau Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, indicating that, according to the preliminary results of the Special Election held November 6, 2018, the Honorable Susan Wild was elected Representative to Congress for the Fifteenth Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Whole Number of the House:
    • The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Pennsylvania, the whole number of the House is 432.
  • Meeting Hour:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that the order of the House of January 8, 2018, regarding morning-hour debate not apply tomorrow.
  • Order of Business–Suspensions:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time on the legislative day of November 29, 2018, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15.
  • Correcting the enrollment of S. 140:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and agree to S. Con. Res. 51, to correct the enrollment of S. 140.
  • Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6793, to transfer a bridge over the Wabash River to the States of Illinois and Indiana, as amended by Representative Mast.
  • Designating the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the “George W. Whitehurst Federal Building”:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass H.R. 6622, to designate the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the “George W. Whitehurst Federal Building”, as amended by Representative Mast.
  • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
    • “To designate the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the `George W. Whitehurst Federal Building and United States Courthouse’.”.
  • Amending the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through 2023 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 7120, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through 2023 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission.
  • Designating the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 7163, to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.
  • Presidential Message:
    • Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that he had issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the threat posed by the situation in Nicaragua–referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115–173).

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 6753 – Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2422 – Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 6032 – State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 7164 – To add Ireland to the E–3 nonimmigrant visa program, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. F. Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Remove the Prohibition on Certain Alcohol Manufacturing:
      • Senate passed H.R. 5317, to repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands.
    • Sac and Fox Indian Reservation:
      • Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1074, to repeal the Act entitled “An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation”, and the bill was then passed.
    • Ray Hendrix Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic:
      • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3946, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the Ray Hendrix Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Isakson) Amendment No. 4063, in the nature of a substitute.
        • McConnell (for Isakson) Amendment No. 4064, to amend the title.
    • National Principals Month:
      • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 674, recognizing the month of October 2018 as “National Principals Month”, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • 25th Anniversary of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program:
      • Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 424, honoring the 25th anniversary of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Baldwin) Amendment No. 4065, to amend the preamble.
    • 75th Anniversary of World War II:
      • Senate passed S. 3661, to provide for a program of the Department of Defense to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.
    • Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA):
      • Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1918, to oppose loans at international financial institutions for the Government of Nicaragua unless the Government of Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Menendez) Amendment No. 4066, in the nature of a substitute.
  • House Messages:
    • Jamestown Reservoir:
      • Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to S. 2074, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.
    • Dickinson Reservoir:
      • Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to S. 440, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.
  • Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
    • Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the issuance of an Executive Order declaring a national emergency related to the situation in Nicaragua; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–48)
    • Kelley Nomination-Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 247), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 12:15 p.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that Senate recess from 11 a.m. until 12 noon.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 246), Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, with the time until 11:00am equally divided.
  • The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:00 Noon to allow for an all-senators briefing.
  • All post-cloture time will expire at 12:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kelley nomination. Upon disposition of the Kelley nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Farr nomination
  • The Senate could also consider a motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 during Wednesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce;
    • 2. Executive Calendar #626, Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina;
    • 3. Executive Calendar #1141, Jonathan A Kobes, of South Dakota, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit; and
    • 4. Executive Calendar #1064, Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
  • Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

National Academy of Sciences
Readiness for Microbial Threats

The Hill
Preparing For A Treatment: Alzheimer’s Diagnosis & Care

Senate Agriculture
Pending Nominations

Senate HELP
Reducing Health Care Costs

Senate EPW
Surface Transportation Infrastructure

Liberty University
Battling the Opioid Crisis

Alliance for Health Policy
Understanding the Role of Rebates in Prescription Drug Pricing

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.7173 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and leave a healthier, more stable, and more prosperous nation for future generations.
Sponsor: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 11/27/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 11/27/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction…

 

Health

H.R.7177 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act and titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to accelerate the adoption of value-based payment and delivery arrangements among health care stakeholders intended to coordinate care, improve patient outcomes, share accountability, or lower costs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 11/27/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/27/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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…

S.3660 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 11/27/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/27/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.7176 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reestablish the 15 percent corporate rate bracket.
Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 11/27/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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