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TAKEAWAY: The House and Senate are in recess until the week of December 2.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Hastings (D-FL), DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 1 – Requires covered employers to email their organization’s workplace violence prevention plan to the organization’s staff, following completion of annual training – ADOPTED BY VOICE

DeSaulnier (D-CA), Hastings (D-FL) – Amendment No. 2 – Includes procedures to provide information about available trauma and related counseling for employees in reporting, incident response, and post-incident investigation procedures – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Byrne (R-AL) – Amendment No. 3 – Requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate a final standard on workplace violence prevention for health care and social service workers. Requires OSHA to follow the established rulemaking process – REJECTED 177 – 238, ROLL CALL 637

Harder (D-CA) – Amendment No. 4 – Ensures that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or prevent healthcare workers from reporting violent incidents to appropriate law enforcement – ADOPTED 414 – 1, ROLL CALL 638

Levin, Andy (D-MI) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires information about the bill’s antiretaliation provision to be provided in its required workplace violence and prevention training – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Green, Al (D-TX) – Amendment No. 6 – Requires the Secretary of Labor to provide an annual report to Congress that would include statistics and a summary from the annual report submitted to the Secretary by employers – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 7 – States that additional training shall be provided for covered employees who work with victims of torture, trafficking, or domestic violence – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Garcia, Sylvia (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8 – Ensures that the annual evaluations include changes based on informed findings by employers – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Wexton (D-VA) – Amendment No. 9 – Ensures that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or diminish any protections in relevant federal, state or local law related to domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault – ADOPTED 415 – 1, ROLL CALL 639

Delgado (D-NY) – Amendment No. 10 – Directs OSHA to prioritize providing technical assistance and advice to employers throughout the first year of the Act to ensure businesses are in compliance – ADOPTED 242 – 176, ROLL CALL 640

Democrat Motion to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair – ADOPTED 222 – 188, ROLL CALL 641

Passage of H.R. 1309 – Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act – PASSED 251 – 158, ROLL CALL 642

Today

The House is not in session.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to table Paul motion to concur with further amendment (re: 1 percent cut) to H.R. 3055 Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019; not agreed to: 70-20.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3055 Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019; invoked: 75-19.
  3. Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3055 Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019; agreed to (passed); 74-20.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #503, Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy; invoked: 74-18.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.437: expressing support for the goals of Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.

Adopted S.Res.438: expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day.

Adopted S.Res.439: designating December 1, 2019, as “Drive Safer Sunday”.

Adopted S.Res.440: designating December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

Adopted S.Res.441: celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing.

Adopted S.Res.435: reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan, and for other purposes.

Agreed that if the Senate receives H.R.4566 – to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of the families of victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on May 31, 2019 – and the text is identical to the text of S.2592, as introduced, the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill (voice vote).

Passed Calendar #199, S.2193: CHARGE Act.

Calendar #148, S.1430 with Lankford-Peters amendment: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act.

Passed S.900: Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

Passed H.R.2334: Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic.

Passed Calendar #194, S.1846 with Peters substitute amendment: State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act.

Passed Calendar #36, S.333: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act.

Confirmed nominations for the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Judiciary, Army, Air Force, National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, and Federal Maritime Commission. A full list can be viewed here.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, November 22nd at 9:30am;

Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00am; and

Friday, November 29th at 9:30am.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, December 2, 2019.

On Monday, following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #503, Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy, post-cloture.

At 5:30pm, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Brouillette nomination. Following its disposition, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

As a reminder, cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #347, Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
  2. Executive Calendar #353, John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York
  3. Executive Calendar #478, Sarah E. Pitlyk, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
  4. Executive Calendar #381, Douglas Russell Cole, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  5. Executive Calendar #459, R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  6. Executive Calendar #460, David B. Barlow, of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah
  7. Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  8. Executive Calendar #489, Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  9. Executive Calendar #386, Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service

Monday, December 2nd at 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #503, Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/Environment

S.2941 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.2935 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to prohibit the appointment of former fossil fuel executive officers and fossil fuel lobbyists as the heads of certain departments, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Health

H.R.5246 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a Health in All Policies Demonstration Project, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 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.5242 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from treating any Medicaid-related funds recovered from one or more pharmaceutical companies or drug distributors with respect to opioid litigation as an overpayment under such title, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5239 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require reporting on prescription drug expenditures under group health plans and on prescription drug price changes, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5232 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to remove barriers to access to residential substance use disorder treatment services under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5230 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act with regard to research on asthma, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5224 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To codify certain rules related to health reimbursement arrangements and other account-based group health plans.

Sponsor: Rep. Bishop, Dan [R-NC-9] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and 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…

H.R.5216 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to revise minimum nurse staffing requirements for skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program and for nursing facilities under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (25)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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 the committee…

H.R.5212 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the benchmarking process for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Sponsor: Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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 the committee…

S.2958 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide the Food and Drug Administration with authority to conduct microbial sampling on concentrated animal feeding operations as necessary to facilitate a foodborne illness outbreak investigation, determine the root cause of an outbreak of foodborne illness, or address other public health needs.

Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2943 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to revise minimum nurse staffing requirements for skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program and for nursing facilities under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2927 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide that the authority of the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to make certain research endowments applies with respect to both current and former centers of excellence, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Financial Services

H.R.5244 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish new units of public housing and private market affordable housing, to provide grants to combat gentrification and neighborhood destabilization, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5223 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 to adjust the affordable housing allocations.

Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2951 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to facilitate the development of affordable housing, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.2946 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide direct appropriations for certain housing programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2933 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to require a review of current exemptions granted to foreign entities in response to an attempt by a foreign authority to exercise direct supervisory authority over a domestic derivatives clearing organization.

Sponsor: Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Tax

H.R.5250 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the work opportunity tax credit for veterans and to allow an exemption from an employer’s employment taxes in an amount equivalent to the value of such credit in the case of veterans.

Sponsor: Rep. Wright, Ron [R-TX-6] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5240 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the look-thru rule for related controlled foreign corporations permanent.

Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5215 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend expensing of environmental remediation costs.

Sponsor: Rep. Sherrill, Mikie [D-NJ-11] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2942 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that certain contributions by government entities are treated as contributions to capital.

Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5231 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 23, United States Code, to improve the transportation alternatives program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 11/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.2947 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to finalize a rule to protect consumers from the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from keyless ignition motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 11/21/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 11/21/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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