Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.Res. 124 – Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #15, H.R.268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 252– The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act and of the bill H.Res. 124 – Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals
    • Adoption of H. Res. 252 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act and of the bill H.Res. 124 – Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals
    • Amendments to H.R. 7:
      • Foxx (R-NC) – Amendment No. 1 – Strikes Section 8 relating to the collection by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of pay information and other employment-related data (including hiring, termination, and promotion data) disaggregated by the sex, race, and national origin of employees.
        • – REJECTED BY VOICE
      • Torres (D-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Recognizes the severity of the gender wage gap for girls and women of color.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Torres (D-CA) – Amendment No. 3 – Highlights the gender pay gap’s impact on women and girls of color during research and education efforts conducted by the Secretary of Labor.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Byrne (R-AL) – Amendment No. 4 – Clarifies that the “any other factor other than sex” defense in the Equal Pay Act means “a bona fide business-related reason other than sex.” Strikes Section 3(a)(B) relating to the application of the factor other than sex defense to an Equal Pay Act claim.
        • – REJECTED BY VOICE
      • Jayapal (D-WA) [on behalf of Waters (D-CA)] – Amendment No. 5 – Clarifies that the studies conducted by the Department of Labor concerning the elimination of pay disparities between men and women must include information about, and an analysis of, women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Vargas (D-CA) – Amendment No. 6 – Prohibits an employer when determining salary from considering: 1) leave used to care for children; or 2) whether or not an employee has children.
        • – NOT OFFERED
      • Beyer (D-VA) – Amendment No. 7 – Exempts employers with fewer than 100 employees from reporting compensation data under Section 8 of this Act.
        • – ADOPTED 406 – 24, ROLL CALL 132
      • Lawrence (D-MI) – Amendment No. 8 – Requires the Department of Labor to conduct a study on the gender pay gap in the teenage workforce and provide recommendations for how to address the gap.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 9 – Makes it unlawful to discriminate against an employee for inquiring or discussing with the employer why the wages of the employee are set at a certain rate or salary.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 7 
      • – REJECTED 191 – 236, ROLL CALL 133
    • Passage of H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act
      • – PASSED 242 – 187, ROLL CALL 134

 

Today

  • “One Minutes” (5 per side)
  • H.Res. 124 – Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals (Rep. Kennedy – Armed Services)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee. 

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday 

  •  No Roll Call Votes
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.590: to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, and to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race.
    • Adopted S.Res.125: designating March 2019, as “National Women’s History Month”.
    • Adopted S.Res.126: expressing support for the designation of the week of March 25 through March 29, 2019, as “Public Schools Week”.
    • Adopted S.Res.127: recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni to the lives of the people of the United States.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.297, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #15, H.R.268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. At that time, we expect the motion to proceed to be adopted by voice vote. The Senate will then begin consideration of H.R.268.
  • At 1:30pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, with 15 minutes equally divided followed by a vote on confirmation of the Nason nomination.
  • Thursday at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
Investor Advisory Committee

Senate Appropriations
FDA Budget

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cyber

S.890 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to authorize the Sergeant at Arms to protect the personal technology devices and accounts of Senators and covered employees from cyber-attacks and hostile information collection activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Rules and Administration
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

S.893 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States and to assist allies and strategic partners in maximizing the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure, and software, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Energy

H.R.1906 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the nonbusiness energy property credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.903 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source, make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1910 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To abolish the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Amash, Justin [R-MI-3] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1909 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise rules relating to general solicitation or general advertising to allow for presentations or other communication made by or on behalf of an issuer at certain events, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.915 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to prohibit public companies from repurchasing their shares on the open market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1922 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1920 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a higher Federal matching rate for increased expenditures under Medicaid for mental and behavioral health services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1901 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to rehabilitation innovation centers under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 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…

S.920 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to make available parental leave benefits to parents following the birth or adoption of a child, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.913 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering health insurance coverage to disclose cost information to enrollees in such plans or coverage.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.895 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide for a permanent extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.1939 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the health coverage tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1938 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit to small employers providing an eligible automatic contribution arrangement under a retirement savings plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1932 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat as compensation for purposes of retirement contribution limitations any difficulty of care payments excluded from gross income.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1929 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the qualified fuel cell motor vehicles credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouda, Harley [D-CA-48] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1902 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to provide to taxpayers information regarding low-income taxpayer clinics.
Sponsor: Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-2] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Trade

H.R.1898 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To modify the prohibition on United States assistance and financing for certain exports to Cuba under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [R-AR-1] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 03/27/2019 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

S.899 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to limit the authority of the President to modify duty rates for national security reasons and to limit the authority of the United States Trade Representative to impose certain duties or import restrictions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 03/27/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/27/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.