Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin Consideration of H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • 1) H.Res. 327 – Encouraging greater public-private sector collaboration to promote financial literacy for students and young adults
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • 2) H.R. 1876 – Senior Security Act of 2019
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 392 – 20, ROLL CALL 170
    • 3) H.Res. 328 – Supporting the protection of elders through financial literacy
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 411 – 6, ROLL CALL 171
    • 4) H.R. 1449 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the “Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • 5) H.R. 1198 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 South Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada, as the “Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • 6) H.R. 828 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York, as the “Congressman Bill Carney Post Office”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act (Rep. Castor – Foreign Affairs/Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate, with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • The Rule also makes in order 30 amendments.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #123, William Cooper, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; confirmed: 68-31.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #188, R. Clarke Cooper, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs); invoked: 91-8.
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #188, R. Clarke Cooper, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs); confirmed: 90-8.
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #214, Gordon Hartogensis, of Connecticut, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; invoked: 72-27.
    5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #214, Gordon Hartogensis, of Connecticut, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; confirmed: 72-27.
    6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; invoked: 52-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed H.R.1222, Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
    • Agreed to S.Con.Res.13, reaffirming the United States commitment to Taiwan and to the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act.
    • Passed Calendar #46, S.406, Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2019

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees until 11:45am.
  • At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Barker nomination. Following disposition of the Barker nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Brasher nomination (AL District Judge).
  • At 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • 2) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #29, Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1)  Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • 2)  Executive Calendar #29, Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
    • 3)  Executive Calendar #33, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
    • 4)  Executive Calendar #34, Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico
    • 5)  Executive Calendar #36, Joshua Wolson, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, there would be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
FY2020 Budget – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

House Financial Services
Examining Discrimination in the Automobile Loan and Insurance Industries

House Agriculture
State of the CFTC

Senate Commerce
Consumer Perspectives: Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework

House Energy and Commerce
The State of Pipeline Safety and Security in America

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Member Day

Senate Environment and Public Works
Legislative Hearing on a Discussion Draft Bill, S. __, Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Hearing on Commission Agenda and Priorities for FY 2020 and 2021
East West Towers Building, Bethesda Maryland

House Small Business
Markup of Cybersecurity Legislation

House Financial Services
A Review of the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Senate Appropriations
Fiscal Year 2020 for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1245 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2423 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, giving women in the United States the right to vote.
Sponsor: Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2409 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for rural-area small businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1257 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts to include rollovers for charitable life-income plans for charitable purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1236 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to clarify the composition of the membership of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2417 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to expand and improve health care services by health centers and the National Health Service Corps for individuals with a developmental disability, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2408 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to update and clarify the classification of and applicable payment methodology for complex rehabilitation technology items under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 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.2401 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To prioritize funding for an expanded and sustained national investment in biomedical research.
Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Budget, Energy and Commerce, Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…

S.1250 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to prioritize funding for an expanded and sustained national investment in biomedical research.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Budget
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

S.1240 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count resident time spent in a critical access hospital as resident time spent in a nonprovider setting for purposes of making Medicare direct and indirect graduate medical education payments.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Trade

H.R.2404 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Agriculture, Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of…

 

Transportation

H.R.2416 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title 23, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to provide States applying for distracted driving grants an explanation of the eligibility decision with respect to such State, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 04/30/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1255 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to modify provisions relating to hours of service requirements with respect to transportation of livestock and insects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE] (Introduced 04/30/2019) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 04/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

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