Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider two bills under suspension of the rules as well as the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.64, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to “Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations” (Dark Money).

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act:
      • S. 943, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an accurate comprehensive student count for the purposes of calculating formula allocations for programs under the Johnson-O’Malley Act;
    • Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act:
      • H.R. 6140, amended, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a program to support the availability of HA–LEU for domestic commercial use;
    • Improving Medicaid Programs and Opportunities for Eligible Beneficiaries Act:
      • H.R. 7217, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 428;
    • Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018:
      • S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment;
    • Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act of 2018:
      • S. 3029, to revise and extend the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act), by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 429;
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6615, amended, to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury program;
    • Preventing Maternal Deaths Act:
      • H.R. 1318, amended, to support States in their work to save and sustain the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period, to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes for pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, to identify solutions to improve health care quality and health outcomes for mothers;
    • Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act:
      • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to 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.
    • Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act:
      • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3342, to impose sanctions on foreign persons that are responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use by Hizballah of civilians as human shields.
    • Honoring the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 1172, honoring the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Monday, December 10th.
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 430.
    • Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act:
      • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass S. 3119, to allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • 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:
      • H. Res. 1091, amended, 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.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, 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.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) 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)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2454 – Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) House Amendment to S. 2736 – Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Interstate Transport Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1092, to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Perdue (for Thune/Nelson) Amendment No. 4073, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 2961, to reauthorize subtitle A of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Perdue (for Blunt/Coons) Amendment No. 4074, to adjust the authorization of appropriations.
    • Juvenile Justice Reform Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 6964, to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Perdue (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4075, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 3482, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
    • Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 1872, to promote access for United States diplomats and other officials, journalists, and other citizens to Tibetan areas of the People’s Republic of China.
    • 21st Century IDEA:
      • Senate passed H.R. 5759, to improve executive agency digital services.
    • Protecting Access to the Courts for Taxpayers Act:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3996, to amend title 28, United States Code, to permit other courts to transfer certain cases to United States Tax Court, and the bill was then passed.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Returns by Exempt and Certain Non-Exempt Organ iza tions–Agree ment:
      • Senate began consideration of S.J. Res. 64, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to “Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and that Senate vote on adoption of the joint resolution at 12:15 p.m.
  • Conference Reports:
    • Agriculture Improvement Act–Conference Report:
      • By 87 yeas to 13 nays (Vote No. 259), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 257), Justin George Muzinich, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
    • By 51 yeas to 50 nays, Vice President voting yea (Vote No. EX. 258), Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.64, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to “Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations” (Dark Money).
  • At 12:15pm, the Senate will vote on adoption of the joint resolution. Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.
  • Wednesday, December 12th at 12:15pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 1.  Adoption of S.J.Res.64 (Dark Money CRA)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

Senate Armed Services
Implications of China’s Presence and Investment in Africa

House Financial Services
International Financial Institutions

House Oversight and Government Reform
Federal IT Acquisition Reform

Senate Judiciary
China’s Non-Traditional Espionage

House Energy and Commerce
Public Private Partnerships for Federal Energy Management

DC Bar
Crypto Update

House Judiciary
Oversight of the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies

Senate Judiciary
Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.7262 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To make housing more affordable, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for…

 

Health

H.R.7253 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to minimize costs and burdens under the Medicare program by providing for consideration of the removal of certain measures applicable to inpatient hospitals and post-acute care inpatient providers and providing for meaningful measures.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.7251 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prevent the inter partes review process for challenging patents from diminishing competition in the pharmaceutical industry and with respect to drug innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.7250 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report on the feasibility of using certain technologies to facilitate the administration of prior authorization requirements under part C of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.7249 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain prior authorization notifications by Medicare Advantage organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.7248 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Human Services to solicit information from providers and suppliers of services on ways to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens under the Medicare program, to provide for transparency and public feedback for evaluating a post-acute care prospective payment system under such title, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.3738 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prevent the inter partes review process for challenging patents from diminishing competition in the pharmaceutical industry and with respect to drug innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 12/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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