Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
      • Representative Welch, to rank after Representative Heck.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, January 15th.
    • Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019:
      • H.R. 150, to modernize Federal grant reporting, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 41.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation:
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 362 yeas to 53 nays, Roll No. 42;
    • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act:
      • Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 251, to extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”.
  • Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019:
    • The House passed H.J. Res. 28, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, by voice vote.
  • Rejected the Granger 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 yea-and-nay vote of 195 yeas to 222 nays, Roll No. 43.
  • H. Res. 52, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 28) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 40, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Committee Elections:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 57, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
  • Order of Business–Passage of H.J. Res. 28:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent to vacate proceedings by which House Joint Resolution 28 was passed, and the motion to reconsider laid upon the table, to the end that the Chair put the question on passage of House Joint Resolution 28 de novo, and further that if a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered on the question of passage of House Joint Resolution 28, further proceedings may be postponed through the legislative day of January 23, 2019, as though under clause 8 of rule 20. Subsequently, the question was put on passage of House Joint Resolution 28, the ayes prevailed by voice vote, the yeas and nays were demanded, and further proceedings were postponed.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Medicaid Extenders Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 259, to extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment.
    • Honoring the life of Richard Arvin Overton:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 10, honoring the life of Richard Arvin Overton, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Minority party’s committee membership:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 21, to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.
  • Measures Considered:
    • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act:
      • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 109, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 7), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act–Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.

 

Today

  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.
  • Senators will have 24-hour notice before the next roll call vote is called.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.680 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to identify security vulnerabilities of certain entities in the energy sector.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.642 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.185 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require certain financial assistance under the State energy program and the Weatherization Assistance Program to be distributed without undue delay to support State and local high-impact energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 01/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.180 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 01/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.187 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require Senate confirmation of the Inspector General of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.660 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To improve the health outcomes in communities through community-relevant health information and new health supporting incentives and programs funded without further appropriations.
Sponsor: Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.652 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue a final regulation based on the proposed regulation relating to the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 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.647 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.183 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit governmental discrimination against providers of health services that are not involved in abortion.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Infrastructure

H.R.658 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To facilitate efficient investments and financing of infrastructure projects and new job creation through the establishment of a National Infrastructure Development Bank, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (58)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such…

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.683 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
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 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Tax

H.R.675 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a credit against tax for improving the safety of fuel systems in emergency medical rotorcraft.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.176 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax on estates, gifts, and generation-skipping transfers.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 01/17/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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