Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider eight bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Treaties Calendar #2, Treaty Doc. No. 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 491 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3494 – Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and of the bill H.Res.489 – Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress and relating to the consideration of measures disapproving of sales, exports, or approvals pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act
      • – PASSED 230 – 189, ROLL CALL 478
    • Adoption of H. Res. 491 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3494 – Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and of the bill H.Res.489 – Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress and relating to the consideration of measures disapproving of sales, exports, or approvals pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act
      • – ADOPTED 233 – 190, ROLL CALL 479
    • Motion to Strike the Words
      • – REJECTED 190 – 232, ROLL CALL 480
    • Motion to Proceed in Order
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 190, ROLL CALL 481
    • H.Res. 489 – Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress
      • – ADOPTED 240 – 187, ROLL CALL 482
    • Amendments to H.R. 3494:
      • Stewart (R-UT) [on behalf of Burgess (R-TX)] – Amendment No. 1 – Adds Energy and Commerce and HELP to the committees that will receive a briefing from the Director of National Intelligence on the effects of emerging infectious disease and pandemics on national security
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Stewart (R-UT) [on behalf of Burgess (R-TX), Kinzinger (R-IL)] – Amendment No. 2 – Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Director of National Intelligence, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and appropriate private entities to undertake an effort to remove or neutralize unauthorized IMSI catchers installed by foreign entities or that have an unknown attribution
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Carson (D-IN), Stefanik (R-NY) – Amendment No. 3 – Safeguards the logistics supply chains for microchips by mandating a report within 180 days for strengthening the supply chain intelligence function. Requires the report to address workforce personnel matters, outline budgetary resource needs, and describe the necessary governance structure and authorities for future implementation
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Hurd (R-TX), Spanberger (D-VA) – Amendment No. 4 – Directs the Director of National Intelligence to make assessments regarding drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human smuggling in the Northern Triangle and Mexico and review U.S. intelligence activities in the region
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Thompson, Bennie (D-MS) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires information on Federal compliance with applicable privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies and protections, including protections against the public release of personally identifiable information of individuals involved in domestic terrorist incidents, investigations, indictments, prosecutions, or convictions. Includes provisions to improve data quality and information regarding domestic terrorist incidents
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Ruppersberger (D-MD), Carter, John (R-TX) – Amendment No. 6 – Authorizes a pilot program identifying new classes of security vulnerabilities and researching technology to address the everpresent and changing face of cyber security threats to the energy grid
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Chabot (R-OH), Duncan (R-SC) – Amendment No. 7 – Strikes section 401 of the bill which establishes the Climate Security Advisory Council under the Director of National Intelligence
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Schiff (D-CA) [on behalf of Green, Al (D-TX), Connolly (D-VA)] – Amendment No. 8 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress which includes aggregate demographic data and other information regarding their diversity and inclusion efforts
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Case (D-HI), Chu (D-CA), Velázquez (D-NY), Lieu (D-CA), Jayapal (D-WA), Khanna (D-CA), Clark, Katherine (D-MA), Raskin (D-MD), Porter (D-CA), Takano (D-CA), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 9 – Requires a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency, in coordination with civil liberties and privacy officers of elements of the Intelligence Community, to report on the impacts of policies and practices addressing China’s espionage and influence operations in the United States on policies and practices relating to the privacy and civil liberties of Chinese Americans
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Frankel (D-FL), Houlahan (D-PA), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 10 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit an intelligence assessment on the relationship between women and violent extremism and terrorism
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kennedy (D-MA) – Amendment No. 11 – Establishes the Foreign Threat Response Center, comprised of analysts from all elements of the intelligence community, to provide comprehensive assessment of foreign efforts to influence United States’ political processes and elections by the Governments of Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, and any other foreign country the Director determines appropriate
        • – VOTE REQUESTED
      • Rice, Kathleen (D-NY) – Amendment No. 12 – Adds the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis into the report on possible exploitation of virtual currencies by terrorist actors and requires the report’s dissemination to state and local law enforcement
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Jayapal (D-WA), Meadows (R-NC), Garcia, Jesús (D-IL) – Amendment No. 13 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress on the use of face recognition technology by the intelligence community and expresses the sense of Congress that the use of facial recognition technology to suppress criticism or dissent is contrary to the values of the United States and the U.S. government should not sell or transfer facial recognition technology to any country that is using such technology to suppress human rights
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Murphy (D-FL), Clarke, Yvette (D-NY) – Amendment No. 14 – Adds a new section to Title VII (Report on Foreign Weaponization of Deepfakes and Deepfake Technology and Related Notifications) requiring the Director of National Intelligence to prepare an unclassified report for Congress on the potential impact to U.S. national security from the use of deepfake technology by foreign governments (especially the Russian (10 minutes) Federation and the People’s Republic of China), including foreign intelligence services, foreign government-affiliated entities, and foreign individuals
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Murphy (D-FL), Schneider (D-IL) – Amendment No. 15 – Adds a new section to Title V (Sense of Congress and Report on Iranian Effort in Syria) requiring the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, to prepare an unclassified report for Congress on efforts by Iran to establish longterm influence in Syria through military, political, economic, social, and cultural means, and the threat posed by such efforts to U.S. interests and allies, including Israel
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Brindisi (D-NY) – Amendment No. 16 – Clarifies that nothing in this act shall be construed to contradict existing law regarding acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, providing material support to terrorists, and harboring or concealing terrorists
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kinzinger (R-IL), Burgess (R-TX) – Amendment No. 17 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with other relevant agencies, to study the threat of international mobile subscriber identitycatchers, also known as cell-site simulators, to U.S. Government personnel and national security and provide a report and policy recommendations to Congress
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Hill, Katie (D-CA) – Amendment No. 18 – Clarifies existing law and expands protections for whistleblowers to provide classified disclosures to Congressional Committees
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Levin, Andy (D-MI) – Amendment No. 19 – Requires that a comprehensive report on domestic terrorism be made available on the public internet websites of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security, no later than 30 days after submission to the appropriate congressional committees
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schiff (D-CA) [ on behalf of Malinowski (D-NJ)] – Amendment No. 20 – Expands a reporting requirement on repression by the Chinese government in Xinjiang province by requiring additional information on the contributions of external technologies and financial support to the Xinjiang authorities’ repression.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schiff (D-CA) [on behalf of Pressley (D-MA)] – Amendment No. 21 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI, and the Undersecretary of DHS for Intelligence to include information regarding training and resources provided to assist Federal, State, Local and Tribal law enforcement agencies in understanding, detecting, deterring and investigating acts of domestic terrorism
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 22 – Requires the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis to conduct an annual assessment regarding the availability of conventional weapons, including weapons lacking serial numbers, and advanced conventional weapons for use in furthering acts of terrorism, including the provision of material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization and to individuals or groups supporting or engaging in domestic terrorism
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 23 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency to conduct an assessment of homeland security vulnerabilities associated with retired and former personnel of intelligence community providing covered intelligence assistance
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Pence (R-IN), Gallego (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 24 – Allows victims and families of the 1983 terrorist attack at the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon to execute on $1.68 billion in Iranian funds. Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress to assess the current threats posed by known terrorist organizations affiliated with the Iranian government against U.S. military assets and personnel.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schiff (D-CA) [on behalf of Slotkin (D-MI)]– Amendment No. 25 – Directs the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on authorities and resources needed and barriers to countering foreign influence efforts aimed at sowing discord or interfering, or both, in the political processes of the United States
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schiff (D-CA) [on behalf of Slotkin (D-MI)]– Amendment No. 26 – Requires the National Counterintelligence and Security Center to carry out an annual report on the influence operations and campaigns in the United States conducted by the Russian Federation
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 27 – Includes within the report on 5G technology, the threat to national security of the United States posed by telecommunications companies that are subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 28 – Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, to submit a report on domestic terrorism activity within the United States to the congressional intelligence committees
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Omar (D-MN) – Amendment No. 29- Requires a report on the Terrorist Screening Database within 180 days after the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Omar (D-MN) – Amendment No. 30 – Strikes section (f) “Repeal of Reports Relating to Entertainment Industry”, on lines 9 through 12 on page 71
        • – NOT OFFERED
      • Crow (D-CO) – Amendment No. 31 – Adds a Sense of Congress that the U.S. should prioritize the safe return of all Americans, including those wrongfully held by foreign governments, and provide assistance to foreign individuals detained abroad that have
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Passage of H.R. 3494 – Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
      • – ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
    • S.J.Res. 36 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic of certain defense articles and services (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)
    • S.J.Res. 37 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain defense articles and services (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)
    • S.J.Res. 38 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of certain defense articles and services (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)
    • H.Res. __ – Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General of the United States, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce, in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with Subpoenas Duly Issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform (Rep. Cummings – Oversight and Reform)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  • Suspensions (8 bills)
    • H.R. 1847 – Inspector General Protection Act, as amended (Rep. Lieu – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 736 – Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, as amended (Rep. Quigley – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1250 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the “Lucas Lowe Memorial Post Office,” as amended (Rep. Babin – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1526 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington, as the “Eva G. Hewitt Post Office” (Rep. Heck – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1844 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 66 Grove Court in Elgin, Illinois, as the “Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building” (Rep. Krishnamoorthi – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 3305 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the “Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building” (Rep. Luria – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 2325 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Calle Alondra in San Juan, Puerto Rice, as the “65th Infantry Regiment Post Office Building” (Rep. Gonzalez-Colon – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 748 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Courtney – Ways and Means)
    • Complete Consideration of H.R. 3494 – Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Rep. Schiff – Intelligence)
  • As of tonight, the House has completed general and amendment debate on H.R. 3494.
  • Postponed Amendment Votes (2):
    • Chabot Amendment
    • Kennedy Amendment

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #362, Peter Joseph Phipps, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; confirmed: 56-40.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1, Treaty Doc. No. 113-4, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain; invoked: 94-1.
    • Paul amendment #924 (re: tax privacy); not agreed to: 4-92.
    • Paul amendment #921 (re: reservation); not agreed to: 4-92.
  • On the resolution of ratification of Treaty Doc. No. 113-4, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain; agreed to: 94-2.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted Calendar #139, S.Res.198 with amendments: condemning Brunei’s dramatic human rights backsliding.
    • Passed Calendar #76, S.375: Payment Integrity Information Act.
    • Passed by voice vote Calendar #103, S.Res.74 with amendments: marking the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.1327, 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Treaties Calendar #2, Treaty Doc. No. 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the resolutions of ratification for the following treaties:
    1. Executive Calendar #2, Treaty Doc. No. 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation;
    2. Executive Calendar #3, Treaty Doc. 114-1, Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Japan;
    3. Executive Calendar #4, Treaty Doc. 111-8, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Luxembourg
  • Upon disposition of the treaties, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #54, Clifton L. Corker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • At 2:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #54, Clifton L. Corker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee;
    2. Executive Calendar #175, Lynda Blanchard, of Alabama, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia; and
    3. Executive Calendar #183, Donald R. Tapia, to be Ambassador to Jamaica.
  • If cloture is invoked on the above items, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations at a time to be determined during Thursday’s session.
  • Wednesday at 11:00am – 3 roll call votes:
    1. Executive Calendar #2, Treaty Doc. No. 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation;
    2. Executive Calendar #3, Treaty Doc. 114-1, Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Japan;
    3. Executive Calendar #4, Treaty Doc. 111-8, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Luxembourg
  • Wednesday at 2:00pm – 3 roll call votes:
    1. Executive Calendar #54, Clifton L. Corker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee;
    2. Executive Calendar #175, Lynda Blanchard, of Alabama, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia; and
    3. Executive Calendar #183, Donald R. Tapia, to be Ambassador to Jamaica.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
Markup

CSIS
Lessons Learned from CICIG and MACCIH to Combat Corruption and Promote the Rule of Law

House Financial Services
Examining Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System

House Transportation and Infrastructure
State of Aviation Safety

House Homeland Security
Markup

Senate EPW
Electric Battery Production and Waste: Opportunities and Challenges

House Oversight and Reform
To the Cloud! The Cloudy Role of FedRAMP in IT Modernization

House Science, Space, and Technology
The Future of Electricity Delivery: Modernizing and Securing our Nation’s Electricity Grid

Senate Indian Affairs
GAO Report on Tribal Access to Spectrum: Promoting Communications Services in Indian Country

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3768 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to create a safe harbor for finders and private placement brokers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 07/16/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3784 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and title XI of the Social Security Act to prohibit surprise billing with respect to air ambulance services.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 07/16/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3772 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equitable payment for, and preserve Medicare beneficiary access to, diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals under the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 07/16/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2019 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.3771 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish an interagency One Health Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 07/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 07/16/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within…