Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act:
        • H.R. 624, to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study of Rule 10b5–1 trading plans, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 52;
      • Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act:
        • H.R. 502, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to buy, sell, or facilitate the financing of goods or services associated with sex trafficking or drug trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 53; and
      • Financial Technology Protection Act:
        • H.R. 56, amended, to establish an Independent Financial Technology Task Force to Combat Terrorism and Illicit Financing, to provide rewards for information leading to convictions related to terrorist use of digital currencies, to establish a Fintech Leadership in Innovation and Financial Intelligence Program to encourage the development of tools and programs to combat terrorist and illicit use of digital currencies.
  • Committee Ranking:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 80, ranking certain Members of a certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.

 

Today

  • Suspensions (7 bills)
    • H.R. 424 – Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 495 – FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 428 – Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists’ Use of Virtual Currencies Act (Rep. Rice (NY) – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 449 – Pathways to Improving Homeland Security at the Local Level Act (Rep. Demings – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 504 – DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act (Rep. Bacon – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 769 – Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2019 (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)
    • H.Res. 77 – Expressing the sense of Congress that financial institutions and other companies should work proactively with their customers affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government who may be facing short-term financial hardship and long-term damage to their creditworthiness through no fault of their own, as amended (Rep. Waters – Financial Services) 

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, upon reconsideration; invoked: 74-19.
  • Legislative Business
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
      • H.R.648: making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019 (6 conferenced bills).

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
  • 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, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Intelligence
Worldwide Threats

Senate EPW
FHA Administrator Nomination Hearing

House Ways and Means
Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Senate Armed Services
China and Russia

Senate Finance
Prescription Drug Pricing

House Oversight
Prescription Drug Price Increases

Senate Armed Services
DOD Cybersecurity Policies and Architecture

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.826 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases, including Ebola, through coordinated domestic and international efforts.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

H.R.817 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To combat the heroin epidemic and drug sample backlogs.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.813 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for temporary stabilization of Medicare Advantage payments following Hurricane Maria.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 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.808 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…

H.R.818 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance medical device communications and ensure device cleanliness.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.237 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.240 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Internal Revenue Service to establish, incrementally over five years, a nationwide program to provide personal identification numbers to taxpayers to help prevent tax-related identity theft.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Trade

H.R.819 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To protect the public from the harmful consequences of the Federal Government shutdown by prohibiting certain actions, to provide enforcement for such prohibition by the Federal Trade Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.