Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete Consideration of H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 281– The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
      • – PASSED 231 – 193, ROLL CALL 144
    • Adoption of H. Res. 281 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 194, ROLL CALL 145
    • Adoption of H. Res. 271 – Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care
      • – ADOPTED 240 – 186 – 1, ROLL CALL 146
    • Jeffries (D-NY) – Amendment No. 1 – Requires that the materials distributed by various federal agencies as set out by the bill are made available in commonly encountered languages. Such materials include information about resources for and rights of survivors.
      • – ADOPTED 363 – 67, ROLL CALL 147
    • Scanlon (D-PA) – Amendment No. 2 – Requires the GAO to report to Congress on legal assistance grants to serve victims of domestic violence, including an accounting of the amount saved, if any, on housing, medical, or employment programs
      • – ADOPTED 394 – 36, ROLL CALL 148
    • Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 3 – Requires a report on the status of women in federal incarceration and collaboration on reentry planning and services for incarcerated women, including development of a national standard on prevention with respect to domestic and sexual violence.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 4 – Allows for cross agency coordination and collaboration.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a report to Congress on the activities of grant awardees funded through the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grant program, as well as on emerging best practices relating to rape prevention and education.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Burgess (R-TX) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires state and local governments that are recipients of the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program to include information on best practices regarding reducing the backlog of DNA evidence in those government’s annual reports to the Attorney General.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Waters (D-CA) – Amendment No. 6 – Creates a new purpose area to the grants to combat violent crimes on campuses, which allows grant funds to be used for the training of campus personnel in how to use victim-centered, trauma-informed interview techniques, informed by evidence based research on the neurobiology of trauma, when asking questions of a student or employee who reports to be a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.
      • – ADOPTED 258 – 173, ROLL CALL 149
    • Young (R-AK) – Amendment No. 7 – Changes the definition of land eligible for a tribe’s jurisdiction to include all land within any Alaska Native village, for the Alaska tribal jurisdiction pilot project.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Johnson, Eddie Bernice (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8 – Clarifies in law the difference between internal and external transfers when applying for an emergency transfer.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Wagner (R-MO), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Maloney, Carolyn (D-NY) – Amendment No. 9 – Ensures that the Creating Hope through Outreach, Options, Service, and Education for Children and Youth (CHOOSE Children and Youth) Program can continue to include programs that address sex trafficking.
      • – ADOPTED 429 – 0, ROLL CALL 150
    • Wagner (R-MO) – Amendment No. 10 – Enhances VAWA’s transparency and accountability measures by making entities found by the Attorney General to have intentionally misused VAWA grant funds ineligible to apply for future grants for up to 5 years, after reasonable notice and opportunity for a hearing.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Grijalva, Raúl (D-AZ), Cook (R-CA), Cole (R-OK), Haaland (D-NM), Larsen, Rick (D-WA) – Amendment No. 11 – Expands the definition of domestic violence in the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the bill, to include violence against or witnessed by a child under the age of 18, or an elder (asdefined by tribal law).
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Grijalva, Raúl (D-AZ), Cook (R-CA), Kildee (D-MI), Cole (R-OK), Haaland (D-NM) – Amendment No. 13 – Alleviates the costs tribes incur due to the expansion of criminal jurisdiction. Further this amendment provides language allowing the Attorney General to award grants to tribes to improve law enforcement, tribal court personnel and criminal codes.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Emmer (R-MN), Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 14 – Authorizes the Office on Violence Against Women to improve the handling of crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by incorporating a trauma-informed approach into the initial response to and investigation of such crimes.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Quigley (D-IL) – Amendment No. 15 – Requires the Secretary of HHS to review and submit a report on whether being a victim of domestic violence increases the likelihood of having a substance use disorder.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Kuster (D-NH), Speier (D-CA), Morelle (D-NY), Turner (R-OH), Raskin (D-MD) – Amendment No. 16 – Directs the Department of Justice to establish an interagency working group to study existing Federal surveys and reporting programs on sexual violence, and to make recommendations on how to harmonize such efforts for improved coordination and data collection.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 17 – Ensures that parenting classes are made available to prisoners with limited English proficiency.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 18 – Directs the Director of BOP to develop tools to communicate parenting program availability and eligibility criteria to each BOP employee and each pregnant inmate to ensure that each pregnant inmate understands the resources available to them.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 19 – Ensures that cultural competency training is included in trauma screening trainings provided to correctional officers, and each BOP employee, including instructors and health care professionals.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Plaskett (D-VI), Radewagen (R-AS) – Amendment No. 20 – Increases the minimum amount made available to territories of the United States under the Sexual Assault Services Program and the Transitional Housing Assistance Program.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Bera (D-CA) – Amendment No. 21 – Increases funding for grants to enhance culturally specific services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Gallego (D-AZ), Haaland (D-NM), Cole (R-OK), Cook (R-CA), Davids (D-KS) – Amendment No. 22 – Directs the GAO to submit a report on the response of law enforcement agencies to reports of missing or murdered Indians, including recommendations for legislative solutions.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Clark, Katherine (D-MA) – Amendment No. 23 – Establishes a grant program to train state and local law enforcement to prevent, enforce, and prosecute domestic violence-related crimes carried out online and establishes a national resource center to study these crimes. Requires the FBI to update the Uniform Crime Reports and the National Incident-Based Reporting System to include cybercrimes committed against individuals.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Brooks, Susan (R-IN) – Amendment No. 24 – Specifies, but does not limit, components of economic security that Americans face when striving for economic stability including: financial empowerment, affordable housing, transportation, healthcare access, and quality education and training opportunities.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Bacon (R-NE) – Amendment No. 25 – Ensures the inclusion of guidelines and best practices for the creation of employee assistance programs.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 26 – Creates a grant program for States, local governments, Indian tribes, and domestic violence victim service providers and coalitions for technical assistance and training in the operation or establishment of a lethality assessment program (LAP).
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Haaland (D-NM), Grijalva, Raúl (D-AZ), Cole (R-OK), Gallego (D-AZ), Moore (D-WI), Young (R-AK), Case (D-HI), Soto (D-FL), Davids (D-KS), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 27 – Provides for the inclusion of victim advocates/resources in state courts for urban American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/ANs) where 71 percent of the Native American population resides due to federal relocation and termination policies. This will be offered as an amendment to the DOJ STOP Formula Grant Program for states (authorized by 34 U.S.C § 10441) to address the lack of victim resources for Native American women in urban areas (who experience disproportional rates of sexual/domestic violence) since this group falls outside of the eligibility for the DOJ Victim of Crimes Act Tribal Set-Aside funding, which is only available for tribal programs within reservation boundaries.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Haaland (D-NM), Young (R-AK), Cook (R-CA), Grijalva, Raúl (D-AZ), Cole (R-OK), Gallego (D-AZ), Moore (D-WI), Ruiz (D-CA), Case (D-HI), Soto (D-FL), Davids (D-KS), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 28 – Clarifies that federal criminal information database sharing extends to entities designated by a tribe as maintaining public safety within a tribe’s territorial jurisdiction that have no federal or state arrest authority.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 29 – Adds language that recognizes the ongoing epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 30 – Gives college campuses the opportunity to offer primary prevention training, in addition to survivor support services.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 31 – Gives college campuses the opportunity to offer alternative justice response programs.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 32 – Gives college campuses the opportunity to include all participants involved with the resolution process in training which identifies and responds to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Resolution process members include the Title IX coordinator’s office as well as the office of student conduct.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Craig (D-MN) – Amendment No. 33 – Directs the Secretary of Education to submit a report to Congress regarding an evaluation of programs, events, and educational materials related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and an assessment of best practices and guidance. This report shall be made publicly available online to universities and college campuses to use as a resource.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Schrier (D-WA), Shalala (D-FL), Underwood (D-IL) – Amendment No. 34 – Specifies that trauma and behavioral health specialists are included in the term “health care professionals.” The amendment would also increase the number of health care professionals that specialize in child exposure to violence.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Underwood D-(IL), Scanlon (D-PA), Casten (D-IL) – Amendment No. 35 – Requires DOJ to report to Congress the effects of the recent federal government shutdown on DOJ’s efforts to disperse funding and services to victims to domestic violence.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Casten (D-IL), Underwood (D-IL), Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 36 – Ensures that campus faculty is trained to recognize victims of sexual or domestic violence.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Porter (D-CA) – Amendment No. 37 – Integrates the term “economic abuse” throughout the legislation, wherever “domestic violence” occurs.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 38 – Expands the National Domestic Violence Hotline to include texting features via telephone.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (5 per side)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate and made in order 40 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found HERE.
  • As of tonight, the House has completed debate through Rose (NY) Amendment #38.
  • S.J.Res. 7 – To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (Sen. Sanders – Foreign Affairs)
  • The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. 
  • Postponed Suspension (1 Vote)
    • H.R. 829 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the “Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building” (Rep. Zeldin – Oversight and Reform)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #8, Jeffrey Kessler, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce; invoked: 95-3.
    • 2) Shall the decision of the Chair stand as judgement of the Senate; the ruling of the Chair does not stand: 48-51.
    • The precedent is now set that sub-cabinet nominations under Section 5312 of Title 5 of the US Code are subject to 2 hours of post-cloture debate (down from 30).
    • 3) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #32, Roy Kalman Altman, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 66-33.
    • 4) Shall the decision of the Chair stand as judgement of the Senate; the ruling of the chair does not stand: the ruling of the Chair does not stand: 48-51.
    • The precedent is now set that judicial nominations other than circuit courts or the Supreme Court are subject to 2 hours of post-cloture debate (down from 30).
  • Legislative Business
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
  • Thursday at 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #32, Roy Kalman Altman, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Thursday at a time TBD (up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate) – 1 roll call vote:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
HHS FY2020 Budget

MedPAC
Evaluating patient functional assessment data reported by post-acute care providers

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2050 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall…

H.R.2043 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for the establishment of a Home Energy Savings Retrofit Rebate Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 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…

S.1022 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to clarify the effect of certain final rules and determinations of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Health

H.R.2077 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To galvanize United States Government programs in support of brain health for global victims of autism, hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.2069 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for drug manufacturer price transparency.
Sponsor: Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 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.2064 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require manufacturers of certain drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies to report on product samples provided to certain health care providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 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.2062 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2061 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To facilitate the efforts of States to establish auto-enrollment systems to enroll certain individuals in health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 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…

S.1012 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Financial Services

S.1006 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to empower the States to set the maximum annual percentage rates applicable to consumer credit transactions, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1005 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to stop financial institution crime, require certain officers of companies to certify that they have conducted due diligence relating to criminal conduct or civil fraud, create accountability in deferred prosecution agreements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Tax

H.R.2073 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the 7.5 percent adjusted gross income floor for the medical expense deduction.
Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2072 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the charitable mileage rate with the business travel rate.
Sponsor: Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2059 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the second generation biofuel producer credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.2053 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received from State-based earthquake loss mitigation programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1011 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for multiple employer plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.