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

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1222 – Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6615 – Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) S. 2076 – BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (Sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) S. 2278 – State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Pat Roberts / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 7279 – Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 6) H.R. _____ – SECURE Technology Act (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6227 – National Quantum Initiative Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 6602 – To reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 9) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2606 – Stigler Act Amendments of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 6652 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to the Kennewick Irrigation District, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 11) S. 1520 – Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker / Natural Resources Committee)
    •  12) S. 3530 – Museum and Library Services Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed / Education and the Workforce Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 6615, to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury program, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Grassley (for Alexander) Amendment No. 4155, in the nature of a substitute.
    • National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 2200, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Boozman (for Thune) Amendment No. 4157, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act:
      • Senate passed S. 3085, to establish a Federal Acquisition Security Council and to provide executive agencies with authorities relating to mitigating supply chain risks in the procurement of information technology, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Boozman (for McCaskill) Amendment No. 4158, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act:
      • Senate passed S. 3367, to amend certain transportation-related reporting requirements to improve congressional oversight, reduce reporting burdens, and promote transparency, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Boozman (for Thune) Amendment No. 4159, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Douglas Fournet Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic:
      • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3444, to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the “Douglas Fournet Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Boozman (for Cassidy) Amendment No. 4160, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act:
    • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 2, to amend section 175b of title 18, United States Code, to correct a scrivener’s error, and the bill was then passed.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017:
    • Senate passed S. 3777, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a tiger team dedicated to addressing the difficulties encountered by the Department of Veterans Affairs in carrying out section 3313 of title 38, United States Code, after the enactment of sections 107 and 501 of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.
    • Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act:
      • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4227, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to examine what actions the Department of Homeland Security is undertaking to combat the threat of vehicular terrorism, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Boozman (for Cassidy) Amendment No. 4162, relating to the term “vehicular terrorism”.
  • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act:
    • Senate passed H.R. 7213, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act:
    • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1235, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the bill was then passed.
  • House Messages
    • First Step Act:
      • By 87 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 271), Senate agreed to McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, with McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4108, to provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • Adopted:
          • McConnell (for Cruz) Amendment No. 4131 (to Amendment No. 4108), to expand the list of offenses for which a prisoner is ineligible to receive certain time credits and to modify a provision relating to a limitation on faith-based activities.
        • Rejected:
          • By 32 yeas to 67 nays (Vote No. 268), 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.
          • By 33 yeas to 66 nays (Vote No. 269), 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.
          • By 37 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 270), 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.
  • Appointments:
    • United States-China Economic Security Review Commission:
      • The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 106–398, as amended by Public Law 108–7, and in consultation with the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Senate Committee on Finance, the re-appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission: Thea M. Lee of the District of Columbia for a term expiring December 31, 2020.
    • Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board:
      • The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 107–12, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board: Joseph Fox of New York.
    • Maguire Nomination–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1042, the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Maguire nomination.
  • Additional roll call vote are possible for Wednesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.3775 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Drug Manufacturing.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 12/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3770 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to expand the scope of transparency reporting requirements related to the ownership or investment interests of health care providers and others, and to increase the penalties associated with violating such requirements.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3768 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 12/18/2018) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3763 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a methodology for determining State allotments for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments that is based on State poverty levels, to require States to prioritize disproportionate share hospital payments on the basis of Medicaid inpatient utilization and low-income utilization rates, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 12/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.3766 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish American opportunity accounts, to modify estate and gift tax rules, to reform the taxation of capital income, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/18/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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