Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider eight bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures considered:
    • H.R. 116 — “To amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount that certain banks and savings associations may invest in small business investment companies, subject to the approval of the appropriate Federal banking agency, and for other purposes.” Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403 – 2.
    • H.R. 430 — “To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through June 30, 2019.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
    • H.R. 190 — “To amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts, and for other purposes.” Further proceedings were postponed.
    • H.R. 206 — “To amend the small business laws to create certain requirements with respect to the SBIR and STTR program, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
    • H.R. 246 — “To amend the Small Business Act to require senior procurement executives, procurement center representatives, and the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to assist small business concerns participating in the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

 

Today

    • Suspensions (8 bills)
      1. H.J. Res. 27 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
      2. H.R. 135 – Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act of 2019 (Rep. Cummings – Oversight and Reform)
      3. H.R. 136 – Federal Intern Protection Act of 2019 (Rep. Cummings – Oversight and Reform)
      4. H.R. 202 – Inspector General Access Act of 2019 (Rep. Richmond – Oversight and Reform)
      5. H.R. 113 – All-American Flag Act (Rep. Bustos – Oversight and Reform)
      6. H.R. 247 – Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Hurd – Oversight and Reform)
      7. H.R. 150 – Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019 (Rep. Foxx – Oversight and Reform)
      8. H.Res. 41 – Resolution Rejecting White Nationalism and White Supremacy (Rep. Clyburn – Judiciary)
    • Postponed Suspension (1 bill)
      1. H.R. 190 – Expanding Contract Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 (Rep. Marshall – Small Business)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, and for other purposes.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Following caucus recess, a roll call vote is expected on a motion to proceed to the consideration of S.J.Res.2, disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.

 

Today

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019; not invoked: 50-43.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.ReS.17:
      • Congratulating the North Dakota State University football team for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision title.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.266, Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, on the Calendar of Business

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.535 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to shall designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.
Sponsor: Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] (Introduced 01/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 01/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

 

Financial Services

H.R.528 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide a safe harbor from licensing and registration for certain non-controlling blockchain developers and providers of blockchain services.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 01/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 01/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on 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 the committee…

 

Health

H.R.534 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act, in relation to requiring adrenoleukodystrophy screening of newborns.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 01/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Transportation

H.R.543 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide appropriate congressional notice of comprehensive safety assessments conducted with respect to intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 01/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 01/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.529 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a national intersection and interchange safety construction program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 01/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 01/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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