Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider six bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

THE HOUSE

Friday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Ensures that the Bank will not provide credit to any individual who is subject to sanctions related to serious violations of human rights or free speech, including in China and Burma – ADOPTED 419 – 2, ROLL CALL 617

Flores (R-TX) [on behalf of Burgess (R-TX)] – Amendment No. 3 – Strikes Section 13 and creates the office of energy efficiency and clean energy exports which advises the EXIM board on ways to improve the export of goods and services that increase energy efficiency and clean energy abroad, requires the EXIM bank to consider energy affordability as well as environmental impacts before approving transactions, and requires the EXIM bank to include in its annual report the impacts of any transaction backed by the Bank on the cost of energy in the importing country and the estimated emissions reductions caused by exports financed by the Bank – REJECTED 188 – 232, ROLL CALL 618

McAdams (D-UT), Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 4 – Expands the prohibition of the Board of Directors from approving a transaction unless the person receiving the Agency’s support certifies that the person does not engage in any activity in contravention of any U.S. law, regulation, or order concerning “sanctions relating to the illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids, including any sanctions imposed pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.” – ADOPTED 414 – 1, ROLL CALL 619

Davidson (R-OH) – Amendment No. 5 – Prohibits Agency assistance for the governments of certain countries (including China and Mexico) unless the President certifies that the government is cooperating with the U.S. to prevent illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids – REJECTED 210 – 214, ROLL CALL 620

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 10 – Includes Asian American- and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions in recruitment efforts to diversify the United States Export Finance Agency workforce – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 11 – Includes paid internships in recruitment efforts – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 12 – Includes community colleges in recruitment efforts to diversify the United States Export Finance Agency – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 13 – Amends 12 USC 635a(d) to add 2 additional advisory committee members – one who represent higher education of 4-year institutions and one who represent community colleges – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 14 – Requires Agency employees to make available appropriate inclusion and diversity training and retraining to ensure employees understand the specific challenges facing minority- and women- owned businesses – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Lamb (D-PA) – Amendment No. 15 – Requires the Agency to detail the effects of exports and projects financed by the Agency on American jobs in the energy, and related technologies, industries – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 16 – Requires the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion to develop standards to ensure diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Rouda (D-CA) – Amendment No. 17 – Adds businesses owned by LGBTQ individuals to the Agency’s small business outreach plan – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Stevens (D-MI) – Amendment No. 18 – Requires the United States Export Finance Agency to emphasize outreach to small businesses in sectors that have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs – ADOPTED 396 – 27, ROLL CALL 621

Horn (D-OK) – Amendment No. 19 – Requires the GAO to submit to Congress within one year of the bill’s enactment a report on the effect that closure of the U.S. Export Finance Agency would have on businesses that utilize the Agency’s services – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Levin, Andy (D-MI) – Amendment No. 20 – Clarifies that the Agency’s duty to consult with potentially impacted communities includes affected workers and that any Agency accountability mechanism should include consideration of effects on workers, and requires the Agency’s annual report to include the steps taken to consult with impacted communities (including affected workers) – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Torres Small, Xochitl (D-NM) – Amendment No. 21 – Prohibits the Bank from providing financing to a person involved in sanctionable activity relating to human rights abuses, specifically human trafficking including sex trafficking – ADOPTED 417 – 2, ROLL CALL 622

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4863 – REJECTED 203 – 218, ROLL CALL 623

Passage of H.R. 4863 – United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 – PASSED 235 – 184, ROLL CALL 624

Today

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. H.R. 3702 – Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Financial Services Committee)
  2. H.R. 4300 – Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean / Financial Services Committee)
  3. H.R. 4029 – Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Denny Heck / Financial Services Committee)
  4. H.R. 5084 – Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Financial Services Committee)
  5. H.R. 4344 – Investor Protection and Capital Markets Fairness Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ben McAdams / Financial Services Committee)
  6. H.R. 4634 – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services Committee)

THE SENATE

Friday

The Senate was not in session.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, November 18, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Luck nomination.

During Thursday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #487, Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  2. Executive Calendar #488, Barbara Lagoa, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  3. Executive Calendar #454, Adrian Zuckerman, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador of the United States to Romania.
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Monday, November 18th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #487, Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy

H.R.5120 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

SAFER Pipelines Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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…

H.R.5115 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish the Recycling Infrastructure Program within the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

H.R.5132 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to issue an advisory about how homegrown violent extremists and other perpetrators of domestic terrorism procure firearms and firearm accessories, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (8)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5116 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry.

Sponsor: Rep. Steil, Bryan [R-WI-1] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.5121 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, to require health insurance issuers to maintain a price comparison tool, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, 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…

Tax

H.R.5114 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 31, United States Code, to limit the amount that the portion of a taxpayer’s tax refund attributable to the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit may be reduced by reason of student loan debt.

Sponsor: Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: House – Oversight and Reform; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, 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…

Transportation

H.R.5119 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 49, United States Code, to require certain air carriers to provide reports with respect to maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (7)

Committees: House – Transportation

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.5118 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a program to carry out public service campaigns which promote transportation career opportunities and improve diversity in the workforce.

Sponsor: Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Transportation

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.5117 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group to conduct a study on the regulatory and legislative improvements necessary to preserve access to certain construction materials and reduce the costs and environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 11/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation

Latest Action: House – 11/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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