Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 4378 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 577 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2203 – Homeland Security Improvement Act and of the bill H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act and of the bill H. Res. 576 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community- PASSED 227 – 191, ROLL CALL 542

Adoption of H. Res. 577 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2203 – Homeland Security Improvement Act and of the bill H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act and of the bill H. Res. 576 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community – ADOPTED 228 – 191, ROLL CALL 543

H.R. 1595 – SAFE Banking Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 321 – 103, ROLL CALL 544

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 2203 – REJECTED 207 – 214, ROLL CALL 545

H.R. 2203 – Homeland Security Improvement Act – PASSED 230 – 194, ROLL CALL 546

Democrat Motion to Table the Question of the Privileges of the House – ADOPTED 232 – 193, ROLL CALL 547

H.Res. 576 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence

Today

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. H.R. 2528 – STEM Opportunities Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  2. H.R. 335 – South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  3. H.R. 3710 – Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee)
  4. H.R. 2589 – Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Green / Homeland Security Committee)
  5. H.R. 3691 – TRANSLATE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus / Homeland Security Committee)
  6. H.R. 3675 – Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
  7. H.R. 3694 – Helping Families Fly Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko / Homeland Security Committee)
  8. H.R. 3722 – Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Langevin / Homeland Security Committee)
  9. H.R. 3246 – Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Van Taylor / Homeland Security Committee)
  10. H.R. 3526 – Counter Terrorist Network Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood / Homeland Security Committee)
  11. H.R. 3106 – Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Homeland Security Committee)

H.R. 3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood / Homeland Security Committee)

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1. Passage of S.J.Res.54: relating to a national emergency declared by the President of February 15, 2019; passed: 54-41.

2. Adoption of S.Res.331: Cotton-Schumer (MTI re: Huawei); adopted: 91-4.

3. Adoption of S.Res.332: Jones (MTI re: Widows Tax); adopted: 94-0.

4. Adoption of S.Res.333: Schatz (MTI re: FMLA); not adopted: 47-48.

6. Adoption of S.Res.335: McSally (MTI re: Backfill); adopted: 52-42.

7. Adoption of S.Res.336: Ernst (MTI re: FMLA); adopted: 55-39.

8. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #415 Gen. John E. Hyten to be Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs; invoked: 73-21.

9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #450 Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor; invoked: 52-42.

Legislative Business

By voice vote, the Senate adopted the following resolutions:

S.Res.330: Van Hollen (NDAA MTI re: Russia)

S.Res.334: Peters (NDAA MTI re: PFAS) 

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 4378 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019. The only amendment in order is the Paul amendment #942, and the time until 12:15pm will be equally divided in the usual form.

At 12:15pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the Paul amendment, and that following disposition of the amendment, the bill, as amended if amended, will be read a third time, and the Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended if amended, with 60 affirmative votes required for passage.

Following disposition of H.R. 4378, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the Hyten nomination with the time until 1:30pm equally divided between the Leaders or their designees.

At 1:30pm, all post-cloture time on the Hyten and Scalia nominations will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations.

Thursday, September 26, at 12:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Paul amendment #942 (re: 2 percent across-the-board cut) to H.R. 4378 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019
  2. Passage of H.R. 4378, as amended if amended, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019 (60 vote threshold)

Thursday September 26, at 1:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #415 Gen. John E. Hyten to be Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #450 Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor

HEARINGS COVERED

K&L Gates

PFAS Policy Symposium with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

House Transportation and Infrastructure

A Work in Progress: Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

House Energy and Commerce

Markup – PFAS/Nuclear Waste Bills

House Financial Services

Task Force on Financial Technology: The Future of Real-Time Payments

House Education and Labor

Making Health Care More Affordable: Lowering Drug Prices and Increasing Transparency

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services

H.R.4492 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To protect the investment choices of investors in the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 09/25/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4491 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 09/25/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.4493 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide a short-term disability insurance program for Federal employees for disabilities that are not work-related, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Oversight and Reform

Latest Action: House – 09/25/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

H.R.4484 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require short-term limited duration insurance issuers to renew or continue in force such insurance coverage at the option of the enrollees, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 09/25/2019 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…

S.2546 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to require a group health plan or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a plan to provide an exceptions process for any medication step therapy protocol, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (7)

Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Latest Action: Senate – 09/25/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2543 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

An original bill to amend titles XI, XVIII, and XIX of the Social Security Act to lower prescription drug prices in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, to improve transparency related to pharmaceutical prices and transactions, to lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs, and to ensure accountability to taxpayers, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 09/25/2019 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 225.

Tax

S.2544 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide tax relief for the victims of Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and certain California wildfires.

Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] (Introduced 09/25/2019) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 09/25/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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