Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider thirteen bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Justin Muzinich, to be Deputy Secretary of Treasury.

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Big Bear Land Exchange Act:
      • H.R. 5513, amended, to provide for an exchange of lands with San Bernardino County, California, to enhance management of lands within the San Bernardino National Forest;
    • Preserving America’s Battlefields Act:
      • H.R. 6108, amended, to provide for partnerships among State and local governments, regional entities, and the private sector to preserve, conserve, and enhance the visitor experience at nationally significant battlefields of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War;
    • George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act:
      • H.R. 3008, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 4 nays with two answering “present”, Roll No. 427;
    • Directing the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City”:
      • H.R. 6118, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City”;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an `American World War II Heritage City’, and for other purposes.”.
    • Offshore Wind for Territories Act:
      • H.R. 6665, amended, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral reef conservation;
    • Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Pinones in Loíza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places:
      • H. Res. 792, amended, urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Pinones in Loíza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas to 1 nay with two answering “present”, Roll No. 426;
    • Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments:
      • S. 245, to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005;
    • Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018:
      • S. 2511, amended, to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems;
    • Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act:
      • H.R. 6893, amended, to amend the Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 to extend the Secret Service overtime pay exception through 2019;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend the Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 to extend the Secret Service overtime pay exception through 2020, and for other purposes.”.
    • Amending title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries:
      • S. 2248, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries.
    • Amending the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 7213, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act:
      • S. 825, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) S. 825 – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 943 – Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act (Sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 6140 – Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 7217 – IMPROVE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) S. 2465 – Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 5) S. 3029 – PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 6615 – Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1318 – Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 8) H.Res. 1091 – Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burma’s military and security forces, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 9) H.Res. 1149 – Recognizing that the United States-Republic of Korea alliance serves as a linchpin of regional stability and bilateral security, and exemplifies the broad and deep military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties shared between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 10) H.Res. 1157 – Reaffirming the strong commitment of the United States to the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 11) H.Res. 1165 – Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 12) H.Res. 1035 – Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.Res. 1162 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Muzinich Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Justin George Muzinich, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 256), 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 Tuesday, December 11, 2018, with all post-cloture time on the nomination expiring at 11:30 a.m.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1046, the nomination of Justin Muzinich, to be Deputy Secretary of Treasury, post-cloture.
  • At 11:30am, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Muzinich nomination.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Tuesday at 11:30am – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1046, the nomination of Justin Muzinich, to be Deputy Secretary of Treasury

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
Transportation Fuel Standards Modernization

Senate Banking
SEC Oversight

House Judiciary
Google’s Data Collection Practices

House Oversight and Government Reform
Federal Back Door Spending

House Energy and Commerce
Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act

Bipartisan Policy Center
Financing Public Health Infrastructure

House Armed Services
Defense Department’s Artificial Intelligence Structure

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.7231 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide regulatory relief for conventional marginally producing oil and gas wells from the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Methane Rule”.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.7234 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to require certain issuers to disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission information regarding foreign jurisdictions that prevent the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from performing inspections under that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3734 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit the distribution of any check or other negotiable instrument as part of a solicitation by a creditor for an extension of credit, to limit the liability of consumers in conjunction with such solicitations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3733 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit the Securities and Exchange Commission from compelling a person to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3732 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from compelling a person to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property to that agency unless the agency first issues a subpoena.
Sponsor: Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 12/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

Health

H.R.7233 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to the general population.
Sponsor: Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.7227 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 12/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/10/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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…