Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 21 bills under suspension of the rules. Additional consideration of the CR might occur if an agreement can be reached.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

  • Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules–Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 1181, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules, by a yea-and-nay vote of 350 yeas to 30 nays, Roll No. 447, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Save Our Seas Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 358 yeas to 36 nays, Roll No. 448;
    • Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 7328, to reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 367 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 449;
    • Ashanti Alert Act of 2018:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 5075, to encourage, enhance, and integrate Ashanti Alert plans throughout the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 450;
    • Clean Up the Code Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 7093, to eliminate unused sections of the United States Code, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 451;
    • Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act of 2018:
      • S. 2896, to require disclosure by lobbyists of convictions for bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, fraud, conflicts of interest, making false statements, perjury, or money laundering, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 452;
    • Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018:
      • S. 2961, to reauthorize subtitle A of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 453;
    • Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018:
      • S. 2679, to provide access to and manage the distribution of excess or surplus property to veteran-owned small businesses, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 454;
    • Taxpayer First Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 7227, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 455;
    • Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018:
      • Concur in the Senate amendments to 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 456;
    • RBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2018:
      • S. 2765, to amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to exempt investment advisers who solely advise certain rural business investment companies, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 458;
    • Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 5509, to direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research about STEM education approaches and the STEM-related workforce, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 459;
    • NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2018:
      • S. 7, to amend title 51, United States Code, to extend the authority of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to enter into leases of non-excess property of the Administration, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 390 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 460;
    • National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018:
      • S. 2200, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 461;
    • Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 767, to establish the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Training pilot program to address human trafficking in the health care system, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 462;
    • VA Website Accessibility Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 6418, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study regarding the accessibility of websites of the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals with disabilities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 464;
    • Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act of 2018:
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 466.
  • Order of Business:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that, during further proceedings today in the House, the Chair be authorized to reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on any question that otherwise could be subjected to five minute voting under clause 8 or 9 of rule XX.
  • Suspensions: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act:
      • S. 2322, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to define the term natural cheese, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 162 nays, Roll No. 463.
    • Question of Privilege:
      • Representative Pelosi rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a privileged resolution. The Chair ruled that the resolution did not present a question of the privileges of the House. Subsequently, Representative Pelosi appealed the ruling of the chair and Representative McCarthy moved to table the appeal. Agreed to the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 170 noes, Roll No. 467.
    • Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act:
      • The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 88, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–87, by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 470.
    • H. Res. 1180, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 88) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 207 yeas to 170 nays, Roll No. 446, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Wednesday, December 19th.
    • Stigler Act Amendments:
      • Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 2606, to amend the Act of August 4, 1947 (commonly known as the Stigler Act), with respect to restrictions applicable to Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 399 ayes with none voting “no”, Roll No. 471; and
    • Reauthorizing the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route:
      • H.R. 6602, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 382 ayes to 9 noes, Roll No. 472.
    • Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019:
      • The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 695, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–88, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 472.
    • H. Res. 1183, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 695) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 469, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 468.

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Last votes: TBD
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) 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)
    • 2) 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)
    • 3) 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)
    • 4) H.R. 7329 – 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)
    • 5) S. 3367 – Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 6) 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)
    • 7) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4174 – Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) S. 2276 – GAO-IG Act (Sponsored by Sen. Todd Young / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) S. 3031 – Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 10) S. 3191 – Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Doug Jones / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 11) House Amendment to S. 3661 – 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act (Sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe / Armed Services Committee)
    • 12) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2200 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 13) S. 1023 – Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 14) S. 1158– Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 15) S. 1580 – Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 16) S. 1862 – Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 17) S. 3247 – Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. John Boozman / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 18) S. 512 – Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 19) S. 1934 – Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act (Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 20) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6287 – 9/11 Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 21) S. 3456 – To redesignate Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge as the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Additional Legislative Items are Possible

 

THE SENATE

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act: Senate passed S. 512, to modernize the regulation of nuclear energy, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Sullivan (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 4175, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Re-refining Used Lubricating Oil:
      • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1733, to direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil, and the bill was then passed.
    • Space Frontier Act:
      • Senate passed S. 3277, to reduce regulatory burdens and streamline processes related to commercial space activities, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Cruz Amendment No. 4176, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Global Health Innovation Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 1660, to direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency.
    • 9/11 Memorial Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 6287, to provide competitive grants for the operation, security, and maintenance of certain memorials to victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Booker) Amendment No. 4177, to modify the definition of the term “covered memorial”.
    • National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 2432, to amend the charter of the Future Farmers of America, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Young) Amendment No. 4178, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Act–Referral:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. 3720, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to provide loans for the acquisition of electric buses and related infrastructure, be discharged from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
    • Signing Authority–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Majority Leader and Senator Young be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions on Thursday, December 20, 2018 and Friday, December 21, 2018.

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 21, 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

House Financial Services
“A Legislative Proposal to Provide for a Sustainable Housing Finance System: The Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Act of 2018”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

Financial Services

H.R.7383 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To break up large financial entities.
Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.7382 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To regulate lobbying by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.7380 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for an online repository for certain reporting requirements for recipients of Federal disaster assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Small Business, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Small Business, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within…

H.R.7375 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To eliminate certain tax breaks and benefits and use the savings for investment in affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income families, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Brenda [D-MI-13] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Natural Resources, Financial Services, Budget
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Financial Services, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

H.R.7374 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide consequences to States that reduce their State minimum wage and to redirects Federal funding to those States to the neediest localities.
Sponsor: Rep. Jones, Brenda [D-MI-13] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as…

H.R.7364 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to extend the supervisory authority of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to include assessing compliance with the Military Lending Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Armed 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.7356 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exclude digital tokens from the definition of a security, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to enact certain regulatory changes regarding digital units secured through public key cryptography, to adjust taxation of virtual currencies held in individual retirement accounts, to create a tax exemption for exchanges of one virtual currency for another, to create a de minimis exemption from taxation for gains realized from the sale or exchange of virtual currency for other than cash, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, 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…

Health

H.R.7369 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide the Attorney General certain notifications in certain determinations made by the Secretary of improper prescribing of controlled substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

Tax

H.R.7373 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from FIRPTA for interests held by certain foreign insurance companies.
Sponsor: Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-2] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7361 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow exclusion of gain or loss on like-kind exchanges of virtual currency.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

H.R.7357 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish within the Department of Transportation an Assistant Secretary of Automated Mobility and to direct such Assistant Secretary to submit to Congress a report on automated vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] (Introduced 12/20/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2018 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker…

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