Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete Consideration of H.R. 1994 – Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019. The Senate will resume Executive Session. Discussions continue on supplemental/disaster appropriations.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Amendments to H.R. 1500:
      • Velázquez (D-NY) – Amendment No. 1 – Reinstitutes Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 reporting requirements and prevents further action by the CFPB without congressional approval
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Steil (R-WI) – Amendment No. 2 – Strikes the findings in the bill and inserts language requiring the Comptroller General to conduct a study of the effectiveness and efficiency of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in meeting its statutorily mandated obligations, the prevalence of discriminatory practices in lending, and the workplace rights of CFPB staff.
        • – REJECTED 190 – 234, ROLL CALL 222
      • Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 3 – Reestablishes an interagency memorandum of understanding between the CFPB and the Department of Education concerning the sharing of student borrower complaints to allow for cooperative supervision and oversight of student loan servicers.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lawson (D-FL), Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 4 – Adds a monthly reporting requirement that CFPB provide Congress with the number of investigations opened and closed relating to potential fair lending violations, how many fair lending enforcement actions taken or referred, analysis of consumer complaints relating to potential fair lending violations, and stats on how many Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity staff are dedicated to supervision and enforcement
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a quarterly report on debt collection complaints and enforcement actions
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Burgess (R-TX) – Amendment No. 6 – Strikes the section requiring all consumer complaints to be made available to the public on a CFPB website
        • – REJECTED 191 – 236, ROLL CALL 223
      • Burgess (R-TX), Burchett (R-TN) – Amendment No. 7 – Permanently subjects funding for the CFPB to Congressional appropriation and authorizes for FY2020 an amount equal to the aggregate amount of funds transferred by the Board of Governors to the CFPB during FY2019
        • – REJECTED 192 – 235, ROLL CALL 224
      • Cohen (D-TN) – Amendment No. 8 – Directs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to require consumer reporting agencies to disclose free credit scores, if requested. Also directs the CFPB to develop regulations establishing a mandatory consistent format and to determine if agencies should disclose any other consumer information appropriate with respect to consumer financial education
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Bonamici (D-OR), Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 9 – Requires the Assistant Director and Student Loan Ombudsman to issue an annual report to Congress on risks to young consumers and student borrowers
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Case (D-HI) – Amendment No. 10 – Adds expertise in consumer privacy to the membership of the Consumer Advisory Board
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Golden (D-ME), Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 11 – Adds representatives of service members, veterans, and their families to the list of individuals who qualify for appointment to the Consumer Advisory Board
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Escobar (D-TX), Golden (D-ME) – Amendment No. 12 – Directs CFPB to seek to appoint representatives of military- and veteran-serving financial institutions in Advisory Committees (excludes Consumer Advisory Board)
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Neguse (D-CO) – Amendment No. 13 – Requires the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue an annual report to Congress of consumer complaints from older Americans, including a state-by-state breakdown of complaints by type of consumer financial product or service and any legislative or regulatory recommendations by the Director
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Stevens (D-MI) – Amendment No. 14 – Ensures that the Consumer Advisory Board is comprised of individuals who represent community banks, credit unions, small business owners, or economic growth experts
        • – ADOPTED 418 – 10, ROLL CALL 225
      • DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 15 – Requires the Bureau to collect additional data from student loan servicers to provide a comprehensive view of loan portfolio performance, and to include findings from this information in the annual Ombudsman report
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 16 – Adds a quarterly reporting requirement that CFPB provide Congress with the number of investigations opened and closed relating to payday/car-title lenders, how many enforcement actions taken, an estimate of how much in fees payday/car-title customers paid, how many times in the previous 12 months a payday customer rolled over their loan, and how many car title loan borrowers lost their car in the previous 12 months
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Green, Al (D-TX) – Amendment No. 17 – Reinstates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final rule governing forced arbitration, within 60 days of enactment
        • – ADOPTED 235 – 193, ROLL CALL 226
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 1500
      • – REJECTED 191 – 231, ROLL CALL 227
    • Passage of H.R. 1500 – Consumers First Act
      • – PASSED 231 – 191, ROLL CALL 228

 

Today

  • One Minutes (5 per side)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1994 – Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (Rep. Neal – Ways and Means)
  • The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means.
  • Additional Legislation Related to the Disaster Supplemental is Possible

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Howard C. Nielson, Jr., of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah; confirmed: 51-47.
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #35, Stephen R. Clark, Sr., of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Easter District of Missouri; confirmed: 53-45.
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #37, Carl J. Nichols, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; confirmed: 55-43.
    4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #38, Kenneth D. Bell, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; confirmed: 55-43.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands in recess until 9:30am on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume Executive Session. Discussions continue on supplemental/disaster appropriations.
  • Roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Resources Needed to Protect and Secure the Homeland

House Floor Coverage
H.R. 1994 – SECURE Act of 2019

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.2925 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To ensure the digital contents of electronic equipment and online accounts belonging to or in the possession of United States persons entering or exiting the United States are adequately protected at the border, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Judiciary, Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, 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.1625 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to promote the deployment of commercial fifth-generation mobile networks and the sharing of information with communications providers in the United States regarding security risks to the networks of those providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1611 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to ensure appropriate prioritization, spectrum planning, and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1606 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to ensure the digital contents of electronic equipment and online accounts belonging to or in the possession of United States persons entering or exiting the United States are adequately protected at the border, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Energy

H.R.2910 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide that an order by the Secretary of the Interior imposing a moratorium on Federal coal leasing shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2909 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy storage research program, a demonstration program, and a technical assistance and grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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…

S.1614 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of “renewable biomass” under the renewable fuel program.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1602 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007 to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for grid-scale energy storage systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1593 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy storage research program, a demonstration program, and a technical assistance and grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2930 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To protect consumers from usury.
Sponsor: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2919 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study to evaluate the issues affecting the provision of and reliance upon investment research into small issuers.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2904 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to extend certain supervisory authority of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to include assessing compliance with the Military Lending Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.2899 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for the registration of venture exchanges, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2935 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to list fentanyl-related substances as schedule I controlled substances.
Sponsor: Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.2922 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To address the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (31)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Budget, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, the Budget, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions…

H.R.2917 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for dubious marketing and distribution of opioid products and for their role in creating and exacerbating the opioid epidemic in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2915 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require physicians and physician’s offices to be treated as covered device users required to report on certain adverse events involving medical devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2905 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for a demonstration project to further examine the benefits of providing coverage and payment for items and services necessary to administer intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) in the home, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 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.2895 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1622 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to list fentanyl-related substances as schedule I controlled substances.
Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1619 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of, and combat misinformation about, vaccines in order to increase vaccination rates.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1618 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to expand the capacity to improve health outcomes and increase access to specialized care.
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1607 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide protections for patients scheduling non-emergency procedures at in-network hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2928 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the standard charitable mileage rate for delivery of meals to elderly, disabled, frail, and at-risk individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2923 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To impose a tax on certain trading transactions to invest in our families and communities, improve our infrastructure and our environment, strengthen our financial security, expand opportunity and reduce market volatility.
Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2921 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit to consumers to reimburse a portion of the cost of broadband infrastructure serving limited broadband districts.
Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2894 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on the deduction for State and local taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1623 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for distributions from 529 accounts for expenses associated with registered apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1610 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the global intangible low-taxed income by repealing the tax-free deemed return on investments and determining net CFC tested income on a per-country basis.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1599 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a refundable tax credit for foster families, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 05/22/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S3062)