Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider one postponed suspension vote. The Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Medal of Valor Review Board–Reappointment:
    • Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she reappointed the following individual to the Medal of Valor Review Board: Mr. Brian Fengel of Bartonville, Illinois.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2454, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a data framework to provide access for appropriate personnel to law enforcement and other information of the Department; and
    • Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018:
      • S. 2736, amended, to develop a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region.
    • Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 274, condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, as amended by Representative Ros-Lehtinen.
    • Georgia Support Act:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6219, to support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Georgia.
    • Reaffirming the commitment of the United States to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 1169, reaffirming the commitment of the United States to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh.
    • Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018:
      • The House agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, by a yea-and-nay vote of 369 yeas to 47 nays, Roll No. 434.
    • H. Res. 1176, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 203 noes, Roll No. 432, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 431.
    • Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to automated external defibrillator (AED) training in the Nation’s schools:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 35, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to automated external defibrillator (AED) training in the Nation’s schools, as amended by Representative Lewis (MN).
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to automated external defibrillator (AED) education in the Nation’s schools.”.
    • Amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend honorary citizenship to otherwise qualified noncitizens who enlisted in the Philippines and died while serving on active duty with the United States Armed Forces during certain periods of hostilities:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 887, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend honorary citizenship to otherwise qualified noncitizens who enlisted in the Philippines and died while serving on active duty with the United States Armed Forces during certain periods of hostilities.
    • CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 3170, to amend title 18, United States Code, to make certain changes to the reporting requirement of certain service providers regarding child sexual exploitation visual depictions.
    • Posthumously awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to each of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the Nation:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 2315, to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to each of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the Nation, as amended by Representative Barr.
    • Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 1050, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese-American Veterans of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.
    • USS Indianapolis Congressional Gold Medal Act:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 2101, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the crew of the USS Indianapolis, in recognition of their perseverance, bravery, and service to the United States.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes are expected: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.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)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen–Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of S.J. Res. 54, to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • Young Amendment No. 4080, to clarify that this resolution prohibits United States Armed Forces from refueling non-United States aircraft conducting missions as part of the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 60 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 261), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
    • By 96 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 262), Senate determined that the point of order that amendments offered under 50 U.S.C. 1546a must be germane to the underlying joint resolution to which they are offered, was well-taken.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, December 13, 2018, all time be considered expired on the joint resolution, and Senate vote on or in relation to the following amendments in the order listed, with two minutes equally divided in the usual form prior to each vote, and no second-degree amendments in order: Young Amendment No. 4080 (listed above), Cornyn Amendment No. 4096, Cornyn Amendment No. 4090, Cornyn Amendment No. 4095, Cotton Amendment No. 4097, Cotton Amendment No. 4098, and Sanders Amendment No. 4105; and that following disposition of the amendments, Senate vote on passage of the joint resolution, as amended, if amended, with no intervening action or debate.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote in relation to amendments to the joint resolution, and following disposition of those amendments will vote in relation to passage of the joint resolution.
  • Thursday, December 13th at 1:45pm – up to 8 roll call votes
    • 1. Young #4080 (refueling non-United States aircraft)
    • 2. Cornyn #4096 (military operations and cooperation with Israel)
    • 3. Cornyn #4090 (report on risks posed by ceasing support operations)
    • 4. Cornyn #4095 (report assessing increased risk of terrorist attacks)
    • 5. Cotton #4097 (civilian casualties)
    • 6. Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen)
    • 7. Sanders #4105 (authorizing use of military force against Iran)
    • 8. Adoption of the resolution (as amended, if amended)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
Investor Advisory Committee

House Oversight and Government Reform
Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research

National Biodefense Science Board
Public Meeting

America’s Health Insurance Plans
Home Infusion: Trends, Costs and Major Challenges

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.7272 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to promote the ability of individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program and individuals enrolled under a State plan under the Medicaid program to access their personal medical claim data, including their providers, prescriptions, tests, and diagnoses, through a mobile health record application of the individual’s choosing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] (Introduced 12/12/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2018 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…

H.R.7266 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider the Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital as a covered entity for purposes of the 340B drug discount program.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 12/12/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3742 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for cost sharing for oral anticancer drugs on terms no less favorable than the cost sharing provided for anticancer medications administered by a health care provider.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 12/12/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Transportation

H.R.7289 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and to provide for a Federal Highway user fee on alternative fuel vehicles.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 12/12/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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