Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #33, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 329 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act
      • – PASSED 228 – 191, ROLL CALL 172
    • Adoption of H. Res. 329 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act
      • – ADOPTED 226 – 188, ROLL CALL 173
    • Motion to Table on H.Res. 304
      • – ADOPTED 226 – 183, ROLL CALL 174
    • H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act – All time for general debate has expired
    • Amendments to H.R. 9:
      • Deutch (D-FL), Chu (D-CA), Horsford (D-NV), Doggett (D-TX), DelBene (D-WA), Lewis (D-GA) – Amendment No. 1 – Requires the President’s plan and updates to the plan to be submitted to any Committee deemed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to have jurisdiction over the matters contained in the plan.
        • – NOT OFFERED
      • Espaillat (D-NY), McEachin (D-VA), Omar (D-MN), Jayapal (D-WA), Pressley (D-MA), Carbajal (D-CA), Cisneros (D-CA), Moore (D-WI) – Amendment No. 2 – Includes findings addressing the importance of climate justice and environmental justice.
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Omar (D-MN), Espaillat (D-NY), Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 3 – Includes findings recognizing the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement’s Task Force addressing the impact of climate change on displacement and the global refugee crisis.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Houlahan (D-PA) – Amendment No. 4 – Requires the President’s plan to meet the United States’ nationally determined contribution to include how the United States may encourage and assist other parties to the Agreement reach their reported goals.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kuster (D-NH), Pappas (D-NH) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires the administration produce a report examining the effect of the Paris Climate Agreement on clean energy job development in rural communities.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Torres, Norma (D-CA), Cisneros (D-CA), Rouda (D-CA), Gomez (D-CA), Porter (D-CA) – Amendment No. 6 – Prevents the President from using the plan mandated in this act to preclude states or cities from taking more ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Shalala (D-FL) – Amendment No. 7 – Includes findings that the Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of addressing and minimizing sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, and flooding.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 8 – Requires a National Academy of Sciences report on the consequences of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement for the United States’ global economic competitiveness.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Jackson Lee (D-TX), Hayes (D-CT), Moulton (D-MA) – Amendment No. 9 – Adds a finding noting that the Paris Agreement is an example of multilateral, international cooperation needed to overcome challenges facing the international community.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Gosar (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 10 – Includes findings that the Paris Agreement is a treaty and should be treated as such. Before instituting anything within the agreement, the Senate must vote on the agreement as a treaty. 
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Gosar (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 11 – Strikes Section 3- Prohibition on use of funds to advance the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement.
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Case (D-HI) – Amendment No. 12 – Includes finding recognizing the role of oceans in the global climate system and international actions being taken to include oceans in the Paris Agreement’s nationally determined contributions.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Bost (R-IL) – Amendment No. 13 – Requires the President’s public plan to be posted online to the Federal Register and allow an opportunity for public comment before the plan is submitted to Congress.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 14 – Includes findings that recognizes the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • González-Colón, Jenniffer (R-PR), Plaskett (D-VI), Radewagen (R-AS), San Nicolas (D-GU) – Amendment No. 15 – Directs GAO to complete a study and submit a report to Congress on the impact of the President’s plan on the U.S. territories, including the potential positive and negative impacts on their economies, taking into consideration their unique energy needs and systems and the climate change vulnerabilities faced by communities in these jurisdictions.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Boyle (D-PA) – Amendment No. 16 – Includes findings stating that the Paris Agreement recognizes that adaptation is a key component of the global response to climate change.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Panetta (D-CA) – Amendment No. 17 – Adds a new finding stating, “American leadership encouraged widespread international participation in the Paris Agreement.”
        • -ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Rouda (D-CA), Schneider (D-IL) – Amendment No. 18 – Includes findings recognizing that American cities, States, and businesses are stepping up and pledging to meet the Paris Agreement goals in the wake of absent and uncertain United States Federal leadership.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Porter (D-CA) – Amendment No. 19 – Includes findings that recognize the importance of clean energy technology development for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions of the agreements under the Paris Climate Accord.
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Lee, Susie (D-NV) – Amendment No. 20 – Recognizes that Article 8 of the Paris Agreement states the importance of addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, such as drought conditions and water scarcity.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act (Rep. Castor – Foreign Affairs/Energy and Commerce)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for no further general debate and made in order 30 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found HERE.
  • As of tonight, the House has completed debate through Lee (NV) Amendment #20.  Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time tomorrow.
  • Postponed Amendment Votes (4):
    • Espaillat Amendment
    • Gosar Amendment #10
    • Gosar Amendment #11
    • Porter Amendment

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #26, J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be U.S. District Judge for the Easter District of Texas; confirmed: 51-47.
    • 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; invoked: 52-47.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #29, Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; confirmed: 52-47.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #33, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 89-10.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #34, Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; invoked: 94-5.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #36, Joshua Wolson, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 64-35.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.180: Expressing the sense of the Senate that, during Public Service Recognition Week, public servants be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States.
    • Adopted S.Res.181: Supporting the designation of the week of April 8 through April 12, 2019, as “National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation week”.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #33, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, post-cloture. At 10:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ruiz (FL), Arias-Marxauch (PR), and Wolson (PA) nominations.
  • Upon disposition of the nominations, the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.J.Res.7, a joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the veto message.
  • Thursday at 10:30am – 3 roll call votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #33, Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida;
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #34, Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #36, Joshua Wolson, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Thursday at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote
    1. Shall S.J.Res.7 (Yemen) pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Armed Services
Department of the Air Force Acquisition and Modernization Programs

Senate Homeland Security
Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and FAST-41

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1265 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/01/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2445 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide minimum standards for transactions secured by a dwelling, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2436 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise the definitions of a “small business” and “small organization” for purposes of assessing the impact of the Commission’s rulemakings under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
Sponsor: Rep. San Nicolas, Michael F. Q. [D-GU-At Large] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2466 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To extend the State Opioid Response Grants program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2463 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for the establishment of Medicare part E public health plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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…

H.R.2452 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare for America health program to provide for comprehensive health coverage for all Americans.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for…

H.R.2447 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Brindisi, Anthony [D-NY-22] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 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.2439 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis.
Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 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.2428 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing cost-sharing requirements or treatment limitations with respect to diagnostic examinations for breast cancer that are less favorable than such requirements with respect to screening examinations for breast cancer.
Sponsor: Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1268 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that hospitals receive adequate payment for the acquisition of hematopoietic stem cells under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/01/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1266 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to protect patients from surprise medical bills.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/01/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1261 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide for the establishment of Medicare part E public health plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/01/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1260 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for grants to enable States to carry out activities to reduce administrative costs and burdens in health care.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/01/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Transportation

H.R.2460 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group to study regulatory and legislative improvements for the livestock, insect, and agricultural commodities transport industries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pence, Greg [R-IN-6] (Introduced 05/01/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 05/01/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.