Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.756, the legislative Vehicle for the First Step Act (Criminal Justice Reform).

 

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is in in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1862, to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to modify the criteria for determining whether countries are meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Menendez) Amendment No. 4106, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 2200, to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Murray) Amendment No. 4107, to strike the section of the bill establishing preferred places of accommodation for Federal employees.
    • Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1520, to expand recreational fishing opportunities through enhanced marine fishery conservation and management, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        •  McConnell (for Wicker/Manchin) Amendment No. 4115, in the nature of a substitute.
    •  Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act:
      • Senate passed S. 3191, to provide for the expeditious disclosure of records related to civil rights cold cases, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        •  Crapo (for Jones) Amendment No. 4153, in the nature of a substitute.
    •  READI Act:
      • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. 3238, to improve oversight by the Federal Communications Commission of the wireless and broadcast emergency alert systems, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        •  Crapo (for Schatz) Amendment No. 4154, in the nature of a substitute.
  •  House Messages:
    • Save Our Seas Act–Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        •  Pending:
          •  McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4108, to provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release fromprison.
          •  Division I of McConnell (for Kennedy/Cotton) Amendment No. 4109 (to Amendment No. 4108), to require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to notify each victim of the offense for which the prisoner is imprisoned the date on which the prisoner will be released.
          •  Division II of McConnell (for Kennedy/Cotton) Amendment No. 4109 (to Amendment No. 4108), to require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to notify each victim of the offense for which the prisoner is imprisoned the date on which the prisoner will be released.
          •  Division III of McConnell (for Kennedy/Cotton) Amendment No. 4109 (to Amendment No. 4108), to require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to notify each victim of the offense for which the prisoner is imprisoned the date on which the prisoner will be released.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 82 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 267), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4108 (listed above).
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the House Message to accompany the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, December 18, 2018; and that all time during recess, adjournment, Morning Business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the motion to concur.
    • Abolish Human Trafficking Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 1311, to provide assistance in abolishing human trafficking in the United States.
    • Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 1312, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking in the United States.
    • CENOTE Act:
      • Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 2511, 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.
    • Maguire Nomination–Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the House Message to accompany S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.756, the legislative Vehicle for the First Step Act (Criminal Justice Reform), post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • The time during adjournment, recess, morning business and leader time will count post-cloture.
  • Senator McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #1042, the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday or upon disposition of the motion to concur with further amendment (Criminal Justice Reform), whichever is later.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.3761 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide regulatory relief to alternative fuel producers and consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 12/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.7323 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act with respect to shareholder claims arising from the appointment of a conservator or receiver for certain depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 12/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.7321 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose sanctions with respect to Iranian financial institutions and the development and use of Iranian digital currency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] (Introduced 12/17/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 12/17/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of…

 

Health

H.R.7324 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To clarify the orphan drug exception to the annual fee on branded prescription pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 12/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/17/2018 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…

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