Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 35 bills under suspension of the rules as well as considering the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 88 – Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Taxpayer First Act of 2018. The House is also expected to consider concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 the stop-gap funding bill that the Senate passed last night to avoid a government shutdown.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1222 – Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 355 – 7, ROLL CALL 436
          • Republican YEA – 188; NAY – 7
          • Democrat YEA – 167; NAY – 0
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6615 – Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 352 – 6, ROLL CALL 437
          • Republican YEA – 185; NAY – 6
          • Democrat YEA – 167; NAY – 0
    • S.2076 – BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 361 – 3, ROLL CALL 438
          • Republican YEA – 195; NAY – 3
          • Democrat YEA – 166; NAY – 0
    • S.2278 – State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 357 – 4, ROLL CALL 439
          • Republican YEA – 191; NAY – 4
          • Democrat YEA – 166; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 7327 – SECURE Technology Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 362 – 1, ROLL CALL 440
          • Republican YEA – 198; NAY – 1
          • Democrat YEA – 164; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 7279 – Water Infrastructure Improvement Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 351 – 10, ROLL CALL 441
          • Republican YEA – 186; NAY – 10
          • Democrat YEA – 165; NAY – 0
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6227 – National Quantum Initiative Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 348 – 11, ROLL CALL 442
          • Republican YEA – 185; NAY – 11
          • Democrat YEA – 163; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 6602 – To reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and for other purposes
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2606 – Stigler Act Amendments of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • 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
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 359 – 1, ROLL CALL 443
          • Republican YEA – 197; NAY – 1
          • Democrat YEA – 162; NAY – 0
    • S.1520 – Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 350 – 11, ROLL CALL 444
          • Republican YEA – 189; NAY – 10
          • Democrat YEA – 161; NAY – 1
    • S.3530 – Museum and Library Services Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 331 – 28, ROLL CALL 445
          • Republican YEA – 170; NAY – 28
          • Democrat YEA – 161; NAY – 0

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Last votes expected: TBD
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 2606 – Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 6602 – To reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 756 – First Step Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) House Amendment to S. 3661 – 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act (Sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe / Armed Services Committee)
    • 3) S. 2679 – Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Small Business Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 7227 – Taxpayer First Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 5) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4227 – Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 6) S. 2652 – Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy / Financial Services Committee)
    • 7) S. 2765 – RBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy / Financial Services Committee)
    • 8) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 5509 – Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 9) S. 7 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 10) S. 2200 – National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 7328 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 12) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 767 – SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 13) S. 2322 – Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 6418 – VA Website Accessibility Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 15) 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. (Sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 16) S. 3777 – Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. John Boozman / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 17) H.R. 7293 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 770 Ayrault Road in Fairport, New York, as the Louise and Bob Slaughter Post Office. (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Morelle / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 18) S. 2276 – GAO-IG Act (Sponsored by Sen. Todd Young / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 19) S. 3031 – Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 20) S. 3191 – Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Doug Jones / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 21) H.Res. 1063 – Designating room H–226 of the United States Capitol as the “Lincoln Room” (Sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 22) H.R. ____ – To make technical corrections to provisions of law enacted by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 23) H.R. 7318 – To amend the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 to ensure that the Public Buildings Reform Board has adequate time to carry out the responsibilities of the Board, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 24) H.R. 7319 – To amend the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 to provide flexibility with respect to the leaseback of certain Federal real property, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 25) S. 3367 – Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 26) H.R. 5075 – Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Taylor / Judiciary Committee)
    • 27) H.R. 7093 – Clean Up the Code Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee)
    • 28) S. 2896 – JACK Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy / Judiciary Committee)
    • 29) S. 2961 – Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Judiciary Committee)
    • 30) S. 3461 – AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz / Judiciary Committee)
    • 31) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2200 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 32) S. 1158 – Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 33) S. 1580 – Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 34) S. 1862 – Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 35) S. 3247 – Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. John Boozman / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 88 – Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Taxpayer First Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Richard Shelby / Appropriations Committee)

THE SENATE

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1042, the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; invoked: 95-1.
    • Motion to instruct the Sergeant At Arms to request the presence of absent senators; agreed to: 71-21.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.3178 with Booker substitute amendment: the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act.
    • Passed Calendar #683, S.3247: WEEE Act.
    • Concurred in the House amendment to S.2736: Asia Reassurance.
    • Passed H.R.4174 with Johnson-Murray substitute amendment: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.
    • Concurred in the House amendment to S.943: Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act.
    • Passed S.3456: Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
    • Passed H.R.6400: United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act.
    • Passed H.R.6893: Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act.
    • Passed H.R.1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act.
    • Concurred in the House amendment to S.2248: Tribal Burial Benefits.
    • Passed the following bills, en bloc:
      • 1. H.R.6347: 7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act
      • 2. H.R.6348: Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency Act
    • Passed S.3523: Full Military Honors Act.
    • Passed H.R.5923: Ouachita National Forest.
    • Passed H.R.3383: M.S. ‘Mitch’ Mitchell Floodway.
    • Postal Naming bills, en bloc:
      • 1. H.R.1850 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa, Michigan, as the “Donna Sauers Besko Post Office”.
      • 2. H.R.5205 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 701 6th Street in Hawthorne, Nevada, as the “Sergeant Kenneth Eric Bostic Post Office”.
      • 3. H.R.5475 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 North Macon Street in Bevier, Missouri, as the “SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith Post Office”.
      • 4. H.R.6059 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 51 Willow Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, as the “Thomas P. Costin, Jr. Post Office Building”.
      • 5. H.R.6167 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5707 South Cass Avenue in Westmont, Illinois, as the “James William Robinson Jr. Memorial Post Office Building”.
      • 6. H.R.6335 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 322 Main Street in Oakville, Connecticut, as the “Oakville Veterans Memorial Post Office”.
      • 7. H.R.6930 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Miller Street in Plattsburgh, New York, as the “Ross Bouyea Post Office Building”.
      • 8. H.R.7230 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 226 West Main Street in Lake City, South Carolina, as the “Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office”.
      • 9. H.R.7243 – To amend Public Law 115-217 to change the address of the postal facility designated by such Public Law in honor of Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe, and for other purposes.
    • Adopted S.Res.737: US Cadet Nurse Corps.
    • Concurred by voice vote in the House amendment to H.R.695 with further amendment (CR to February 9, 2019).
    • Passed S.3611: Faster Access to Federal Student Aid.
    • Passed H.R.5509 with Thune substitute amendment: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act.
    • Passed H.R.5787: Strengthening Coastal Communities Act.
    • Passed H.R.767 with Alexander amendment: SOAR to Health and Wellness Act.
    • Passed H.R.7327: Strengthening and Enhancing Cyber-capabilities by Utilizing Risk Exposure Technology Act.
    • Passed Calendar #704, H.R.4819: DELTA Act.
    • Passed Calendar #544, S.1023: Tropical Forest Conservation.
    • Passed Calendar #410, S.79: Securing Energy Infrastructure Act.

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:30am on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

Energy

H.R.7347 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To support carbon dioxide utilization and direct air capture research, to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case…

S.3791 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and leave a healthier, more stable, and more prosperous nation for future generations.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Financial Services

H.R.7354 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit certain unfair credit practices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.7348 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Drug Manufacturing.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7340 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To enhance beneficiary and provider protections and improve transparency in the Medicare Advantage market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 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.7339 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare for America health program to provide for comprehensive health coverage for all Americans.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of…

H.R.7338 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by preventing foodborne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to foodborne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.3797 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of certain mental health telehealth services.
Sponsor: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3796 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a loan repayment program for mental health professionals to realize workforce shortages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3792 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, and to prohibit biological product manufactures from compensating biosimilar and interchangeable companies to delay the entry of biosimilar biological products and interchangeable biological products.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.3787 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the development and use of DISARM antimicrobial drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Puerto Rico

H.R.7355 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose requirements on the payment of compensation to professional persons employed in voluntary cases commenced under title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (commonly known as “PROMESA”).
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

H.R.7349 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for each American the opportunity to provide for his or her retirement through a S.A.F.E. account, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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…

H.R.7341 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions in priority populations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 12/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2018 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…