Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider two bills under suspension of the rules as well as consider H.J.Res 28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will resume the motion to proceed to Calendar #11, S.109, a bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortion.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Committee Elections:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 46, electing Members to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Monday, January 14th.
    • Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019:
      • H.R. 190, to amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 36.
    • Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019:
      • The House passed H.R. 268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 39.
    • Rejected the Dunn motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 38.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–2, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 116–2, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
  • Agreed to:
    • Bishop (GA) amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases emergency assistance funding to agricultural producers who suffered losses from hurricanes, wildfires and other agricultural related losses in 2018;
    • Velázquez amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that provides $5 million to conduct an independent study, including a survey of participants, on the impact of the additional benefits provided through disaster nutrition assistance on the food insecurity, health status, and well-being of program participants;
    • Velázquez amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that provides $25 million for Cano Martín Pena channel ecosystem restoration;
    • Thompson (CA) amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that clarifies that winegrape growers whose crops were tainted by smoke from a 2018 wildfire are eligible for assistance under this Act, even if the damage is discovered after the grapes have been removed from the vine;
    • Thompson (CA) amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases funding by $50 million for the Community Development Fund to help address unmet infrastructure needs for grantees that received allocations for disasters that occurred in 2017;
    • Graves (LA) amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that extends eligibility to Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA projects, but ensures they do not receive funding in excess of the amount at which they are authorized;
    • Richmond amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that amends section to clarify that the process for addressing duplication of benefits should be handled in accordance with current law;
    • Westerman amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases the funding for USFS State and Private Forestry account, with the goals of helping state and private forest managers recover from the catastrophic fires of 2018 and helping these land managers prepare for the next fire season;
    • Jayapal amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that restricts DHS funding from being used for the construction or expansion of immigration detention facilities;
    • Sablan amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases the funding for the Northern Marianas Medicaid program by $16 million to help the islands in recovery from Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu;
    • Sablan amendment (No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases funding for the Marianas food stamps block grant by $15,000,000 to cover the cost of households, not previously eligible for aid, who remain in need of assistance because of continuing income loss after Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu; out of total population of 53,883, the Food and Nutrition Service reports 40,377 people qualified for disaster nutrition benefits;
    • González-Colón (PR) amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that increases the amount of nutritional assistance appropriated in Sec. 101 by $5,000,000;
    • Stewart amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that provides increased funding for hazardous fuels management activities to increase the resiliency of federal forests, to protect against catastrophic wildfires and reduce the amount of damage caused by such fires (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the earlier request for a recorded vote to the end that the Chair put the question de novo); and
    • McGovern amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that states that none of the funds in this bill for the Army Corps of Engineers or Department of Homeland Security may be used to plan, develop, or construct the border wall (by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 37).
  • Rejected:
    • Rice (SC) amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–2) that sought to remove the prohibition on the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ability to waive requirements related to the environment.
  • H. Res. 43, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 268) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 35, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 34.
  • Question of Privilege:
    • Representative Rush rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a resolution (H. Res. 53). Subsequently, Representative Hoyer moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on Ethics and was recognized for one hour on the motion. The motion to refer was agreed to by voice vote, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, January 17th.
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Members of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Representatives Himes, Sewell (AL), Carson (IN), Speier, Quigley, Swalwell (CA), Castro (TX), Heck, Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), Demings, and Krishnamoorthi.

 

Today

  • H.J.Res 28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations.
  • Suspensions (2 bills)
    1. H.J.Res. 30 – Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation (Rep. Hoyer – Foreign Affairs)
    2. Concurring in the Senate Amendments to H.R. 251 – Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard Program Extension Act (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
  • Postponed Suspension (1 bill)
    1. H.R. 150 – Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019 (Rep. Foxx – Oversight and Reform)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Knights of Columbus: Senate agreed to S. Res. 19, expressing the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to Federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States.
    • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 251, to extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Johnson/Peters) Amendment No. 3, to extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security.
        • McConnell (for Johnson/Peters) Amendment No. 4, to amend the title.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Sanctions With Respect to the Russian Federation:
      • Senate continued 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.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 6), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the joint resolution.
    • Subsequently, the joint resolution was returned to the Calendar.
    • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act–Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 109, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, January 16, 2019, a vote on cloture will occur at approximately 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 4 p.m., on Thursday, January 17, 2019; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, there be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, and upon the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

 

Today

  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to Calendar #11, S.109, a bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortion. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time, at approximately 4:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.109.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.585 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.624 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.609 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.148 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.603 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the permissible use of health savings accounts to include health insurance payments and to increase the dollar limitation for contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.584 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place.
Sponsor: Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.172 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to delay the reimposition of the annual fee on health insurance providers until after 2021.
Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.589 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply current income tax bracket breakpoints to capital gains brackets.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 01/16/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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