Today’s Daily Update

The House and the Senate are not in Session today.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Rice (R-SC) – Amendment No. 1 – Grants NICS examiners access to the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) when reviewing firearm transfers
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Schneider (D-IL) – Amendment No. 2 – Requires the FBI to report on the number of petitions it was not able to make a determination on within the 10-day period
      • – ADOPTED 282 – 144, ROLL CALL 100
    • Levin (D-MI) – Amendment No. 3 – Requires GAO to submit a report to the Committee on the Judiciary, US Senate, and the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives analyzing the extent to which the new Section 922(t)(1)(B)(ii) of title 18, United States Code, added by H.R. 1112 prevents firearms from being transferred to prohibited persons. The report shall be issued 90 days after the 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years following the date of implementation of the law
      • -ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Porter (D-CA) – Amendment No. 4 – Requires a report analyzing the impact of this Act on the safety of victims of domestic violence, domestic abuse, dating partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Van Drew (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 5 – Allows an FFL who has contacted NICS, and who was not notified that the transfer is legally permissible within 3 business days of the initial date of contact, to rely on information provided by NICS respecting a transfer for 25 days after the transfer becomes legally permissible
      • – ADOPTED 234 – 193, ROLL CALL 101
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 1112
      • – REJECTED 194 – 232, ROLL CALL 102
    • Passage of H.R. 1112 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019
      • – PASSED 228 – 198, ROLL CALL 103
    • Approval of the Journal
      • – APPROVED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1)  On confirmation of Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: confirmed 52-47.
  • Legislative Business
    • Concurred in the House amendment to S.483, PRIA
  • Adopted the following resolutions:
    • S.Res.43, honoring the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Lindsborg, Kansas.
    • S.Res.86, providing for members on the part of the Senate of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library.
    • S.Res.87, authorizing the printing of a collection of the rules of the committees of the Senate.
    • S.Res.88, designating March 1, 2019, as “Read Across America Day”.
    • S.Res.89, expressing the condolences of the Senate and honoring the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois on February 15, 2019.
    • S.Res.90, designating February 28 2019, as “Rare Disease Day”.
  • Agreed to S. Con. Res.6, authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in memory of the late President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush.
  • Agreed to S.Con.Res.7, authorizing the printing of the 26th edition of the pocket version of the Constitution of the United States.
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place the following items on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
    • 1)   S.617, Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Grassley/Wyden)
    • 2)  H.R.8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in Session.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.602 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to address state-sponsored cyber activities against the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.592 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

 

Energy

H.R.1426 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to address insufficient compensation of employees and other personnel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.607 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to address insufficient compensation of employees and other personnel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1432 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish a Minority Business Development Administration in the Department of Commerce, to clarify the relationship between such Administration and the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Small Business
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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..

S.603 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to require the Financial Stability Oversight Council to consider alternative approaches before determining that a U.S. nonbank financial company shall be supervised by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1478 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the importation of affordable and safe insulin by wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.1456 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House – Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such…

H.R.1447 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to equalize the Federal medical assistance percentage applicable to certain individuals in the expansion population of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.1425 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a Improve Health Insurance Affordability Fund to provide for certain reinsurance payments to lower premiums in the individual health insurance market.
Sponsor: Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1419 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.637 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to prohibit price gouging in the sale of drugs.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.618 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.606 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to improve oversight and evaluation of the mental health and suicide prevention media outreach campaigns of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.597 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.596 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for direct payment to physician assistants under the Medicare program for certain services furnished by such physician assistants.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.594 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to rehabilitation innovation centers under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.616 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to impose user fees on manufacturers and importers of electronic nicotine delivery systems.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.1479 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include biomass heating appliances for tax credits available for energy-efficient building property and energy property.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1436 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the earned income tax credit to all taxpayers with dependents and to qualifying students, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1434 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish tax credits to encourage individual and corporate taxpayers to contribute to scholarships for elementary and secondary students through eligible scholarship-granting organizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (39)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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.1431 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the earned income tax credit to account for the amount by which economic growth has outpaced income growth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (24)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.634 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish tax credits to encourage individual and corporate taxpayers to contribute to scholarships for students through eligible scholarship-granting organizations and eligible workforce training organizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.632 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion of certain fringe benefit expenses for which a deduction is disallowed in unrelated business taxable income.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.628 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include biomass heating appliances for tax credits available for energy-efficient building property and energy property.
Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.617 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide disaster tax relief, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2019 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

 

Trade

H.R.1452 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
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: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 02/28/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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