Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1112 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Executive Calendar #12, the nomination of John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Lesko (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 1 – Allows the transfer of firearms to individuals who participate in the TSA Pre-Check program of the Department of Homeland Security
      • – REJECTED 182 – 250, ROLL CALL 96
    • Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 2 – Clarifies that the exemption from the background check requirement in instances of imminent threats of death or great bodily harm would apply to someone who is at risk of committing suicide
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Horn (D-OK) – Amendment No. 3 – Clarifies that “great bodily harm” includes domestic violence, dating partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse
      • – ADOPTED 310 – 119, ROLL CALL 97
    • Van Drew (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 4 – Clarifies that the exception for gifts and loans of firearms between parents and their children applies to step-parents and step-children
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 8
      • – ADOPTED 220 – 209, ROLL CALL 98
    • Passage of H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
      • – PASSED 240 – 190, ROLL CALL 99

 

Today

  • The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for Legislative Business
  • Five One Minutes per side
  • H.R. 1112 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rice (SC) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Schneider Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Levin (MI) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Van Drew Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #6, the nomination of Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury; confirmed: 83-15.
    • 2) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; invoked: 52-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted Calendar #25, S.Res.70: authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate.
    • Adopted S.Res.82: recognizing the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    • Adopted S.Res.83: designating February 2019, as “American Heart Month”, and February 1, 2019, as “National Wear Red Day”.
    • Adopted S.Res.84: celebrating Black History Month.
    • Agreed to H.Con.Res.21: enrollment correction to S.47.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The time between 12:00 and 12:30pm will be equally divided, and upon the use or yielding back of that time the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Wheeler nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Wheeler nomination the Senate will consider the Executive Calendar #12, the nomination of John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, with the time until 1:45pm equally divided. At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ryder nomination.
  • Thursday at 12:30pm – 1 roll call vote:
    • 1)  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Thursday at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:
    • 1)  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #12, the nomination of John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1391 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide regulatory relief for conventional marginally producing oil and gas wells from the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Methane Rule”.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.581 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide regulatory relief to alternative fuel producers and consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1414 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the duties of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to ensure FinCEN works with Tribal law enforcement agencies, protects against all forms of terrorism, and focuses on virtual currencies.
Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1406 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To extend the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to include the setting of reference prices for aluminum premiums, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.1402 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To transfer functions related to the preparation of flood maps from the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Director of the United States Geological Survey, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [R-AR-1] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.1387 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the President to develop a national strategy to combat the financial networks of transnational organized criminals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.573 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study of 10b5-1 trading plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1409 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To promote transparency in health care pricing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.1407 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five month waiting period for disability insurance benefits for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Sponsor: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (90)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1401 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish the Commission on Long Term Social Security Solvency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Rules
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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 concerned.

H.R.1398 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To delay the reimposition of the annual fee on health insurance providers until after 2021.
Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 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.1395 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve mental health services for students, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.1394 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain reforms with respect to medicare supplemental health insurance policies.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 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.1393 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of dental, vision, and hearing care under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 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.1390 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to promote the ability of individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program and individuals enrolled under a State plan under the Medicaid program to access their personal medical claim data, including their providers, prescriptions, tests, and diagnoses, through a mobile health record application of the individual’s choosing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 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.1386 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for additional requirements with respect to the navigator program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1385 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to preserve the option of States to implement health care marketplaces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1384 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance program.
Sponsor: Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (106)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Rules, Oversight and Reform, Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Rules, Oversight and Reform, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

S.586 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.585 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill 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: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.578 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five month waiting period for disability insurance benefits under such title for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (39)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.1405 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To improve the collection and publication of statistics relating to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor, Agriculture, Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor, Agriculture, the Judiciary, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

 

Trade

S.577 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the establishment of a process for excluding articles imported from the People’s Republic of China from certain duties imposed under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.1400 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 02/27/2019) Cosponsors: (42)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 02/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.