Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 4 bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #375, General Mark A. Milley, to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and vote on confirmation of the nomination.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 509 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 397 – Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act and of the bill H.R. 3239 – Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act
      • – PASSED 234 – 198, ROLL CALL 500
    • Adoption of H. Res. 509 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 397 – Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act and of the bill H.R. 3239 – Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act
      • – ADOPTED 234 – 195, ROLL CALL 501
    • H.R. 3409 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1984 – DISASTER ACT
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 3245 – Restore Harmony Way Bridge Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1307 – Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 3375 – Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 429 – 3, ROLL CALL 502
    • H.R. 2035 – Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 776 – Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization Act of 2019
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1058 – Autism CARES Act of 2019
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2507 – Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS –
    • H.R. 693 – PAST Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – VOTE ORDERED
    • H.R. 3299 – PRIDE Act of 2019, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1365 – To make technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 434 – Emancipation National Historic Trail Study Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 759 – Ysleta del Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
  • Amendments to H.R. 3239:
    • Kuster (D-NH), Moore (D-WI), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 1 – Directs DHS OIG to pay particular attention to whether CBP meets its own sexual violence prevention standards when inspecting ports of entry, border patrol stations, and detention facilities
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Kuster (D-NH), Moore (D-WI), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security make publicly available data about sexual abuse allegations every 3 months in order to improve transparency about sexual abuse at CBP facilities
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 3239
      • – ADOPTED 239 – 192, ROLL CALL 506
    • Passage of H.R. 3239 – Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act
      • – PASSED 223 – 195, ROLL CALL 507
  • Amendment to H.R. 397:
    • Roe (R-TN) – Amendment No. 1 – Sets the loan interest rates at 5% per annum for the first 5 years and 9% per annum thereafter
      • – REJECTED 186 – 245, ROLL CALL 503
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 397
      • – REJECTED 200 – 232, ROLL CALL 504
    • Passage of H.R. 397 – Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act
      • – PASSED 239 – 192, ROLL CALL 505

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • H.R. 3877 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (Rep. Yarmuth – Budget) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Budget.
  • H.R. 549 – Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Soto – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.
  • Suspensions (4 bills)
    • H.R. 3352 – Department of State Authorization Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs)
    • H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, as amended (Rep. Underwood – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 3670 – Short-Term Detention Standards Act, as amended (Rep. Slotkin – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2336 – Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (Rep. Delgado – Judiciary)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote (1 vote)
    • H.R. 693 – PAST Act, as amended (Rep. Schrader – Energy and Commerce)
  • Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #371, Stephen M. Dickson, of Georgia, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; confirmed: 52-40.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #45, Wendy Williams Berger, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; invoked: 55-37.
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #53, Brian C. Buescher, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge of Nebraska; invoked: 52-39.
    4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #45, Wendy Williams Berger, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; confirmed: 54-37.
    5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #53, Brian C. Buescher, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge of Nebraska; confirmed: 51-40.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.2249, to allow the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on the date of enactment of this Act to continue to serve as Deputy Administrator.
    • Adopted S.Res.283, expressing support for the designation of 2019 as the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements”.
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
    • S.2258 to provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers. (Grassley)

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #375, General Mark A. Milley, to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • 1:45pm, Thursday July 25 – 1 roll call vote:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #375, General Mark A. Milley, to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
Policy Prescriptions: Lowering Drug Prices

SEC
Investor Advisory Committee

Senate Finance
Markup of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019

Senate Agriculture
Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill

House Financial Services
Examining the Use of Alternative Data in Underwriting and Credit Scoring to Expand Access to Credit

House Ways and Means
The Social Security 2100 Act

House Veterans Affairs
VistA Transition: Assessing the Future of an Electronic Health Records Pioneer

Senate Foreign Relations
Markup

House Natural Resources
When Science Gets Trumped: Scientific Integrity at the Department of the Interior

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3951 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to require that funds deposited be available for withdrawal in real time and to require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to create a real time payment system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3948 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to extend the provisions of that Act to cover a debt collector who is collecting debt owed to a State or local government, to index award amounts under such Act for inflation, to provide for civil injunctive relief for violations of such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3939 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to carry out a quantitative impact study of any proposed real-time payment system under the Faster Payments Initiative before implementing such system.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2243 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to require that funds deposited be available for withdrawal in real-time, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3953 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand the requirement for States to suspend, rather than terminate, an individual’s eligibility for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan while the individual is an inmate of a public institution, to apply to inmates of any age.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3947 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To lower the cost of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Armed Services, Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such…

H.R.3935 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for the continuing requirement of Medicaid coverage of nonemergency transportation to medically necessary services.
Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [R-GA-1] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3927 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a pilot program to test the feasibility and outcomes of integrating a substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment locator tool into the prescription drug monitoring programs of 5 eligible States.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2255 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand the requirement for States to suspend, rather than terminate, an individual’s eligibility for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan while the individual is an inmate of a public institution, to apply to inmates of any age.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2252 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand the permitted uses of drug price information disclosed to States under the Medicaid drug rebate program.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2247 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers, to establish requirements relating to pharmacy-negotiated price concessions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2244 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow community addiction treatment facilities and community mental health facilities to register to dispense controlled substances through the practice of telemedicine, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.3943 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow accelerated depreciation of certain qualified film and television and live theatrical productions in Puerto Rico.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 07/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2254 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund, to establish a Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the Department of the Treasury to make loans to multiemployer defined benefit plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/24/2019) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 07/24/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.