Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.Res. 741 – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.Res. 326 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution (Rep. Lowenthal – Foreign Affairs) and H.R. 4 – Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (Rep. Sewell – Judiciary). The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H.Res. 739 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2534 – Insider Trading Prohibition Act and of the bill H. Con. Res. 77 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic that have not been authorized by Congress – PASSED 226 – 193, ROLL CALL 645

Adoption of H.Res. 739 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2534 – Insider Trading Prohibition Act and of the bill H. Con. Res. 77 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic that have not been authorized by Congress – ADOPTED 225 – 196, ROLL CALL 646

S. 151 Pallone-Thune TRACED Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 417 – 3, ROLL CALL 647

Today

One Minutes (15 per side)

H.Res. 741 – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.Res. 326 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution (Rep. Lowenthal – Foreign Affairs) and H.R. 4 – Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (Rep. Sewell – Judiciary)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2534 – Insider Trading Prohibition Act (Rep. Himes – Financial Services)

The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

McHenry Amendment

Huizenga Amendment

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina; invoked: 77-22.

2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #489, Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; invoked: 79-14.

3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #386, Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025; invoked: 91-1.

4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #353, John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York; confirmed: 75-18.

5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #478, Sarah E. Pitlyk, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; confirmed: 49-44.

6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #381, Douglas Russell Cole, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio; confirmed: 64-29.

7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #459, R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; confirmed: 89-4.

8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #460, David B. Barlow, of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah; confirmed: 88-4.

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.5277, to amend section 442 of title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain interests in mutual funds, unit investment trusts, employee benefit plans, and retirement plans from conflict of interest limitations for the Government Publishing Office.

Passed S.760, Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act, w/ Peters substitute amendment

Adopted S.Res.446, authorizing the printing of tributes and other related materials in honor of the late Senator Kay Hagan.

Executive Business

GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE

By voice vote, confirmed Executive Calendar #499, Hugh Nathanial Halpern, of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, post-cloture.

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Myers nomination (NC District Judge) and the Lydon nomination (SC District Judge).

At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Duncan nomination (Postal Service).

Thursday, December 5th at 12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #489, Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina

Thursday, December 5th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #386, Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025

HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services

Promoting Financial Stability? Reviewing the Administration’s Deregulatory Approach to Financial Stability

Senate Banking

Oversight of Financial Regulators

House Transportation and Infrastructure

Where’s My Stuff?: Examining the Economic, Environmental, and Societal Impacts of Freight Transportation

House Energy and Commerce

Accountability and Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission

House Energy and Commerce

Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for Economy-Wide Deep Decarbonization

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance

Open Meeting

House Armed Services

Military Health System Reform: A Cure for Efficiency and Readiness?

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy

S.2980 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the promulgation of certain standards for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 12/04/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works

Latest Action: Senate – 12/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services

H.R.5300 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to preserve the independent funding the Office of Financial Research, to establish minimum staffing levels for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, to establish minimum funding levels for such staff, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 12/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 12/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5294 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish a postsecondary education loan borrower bill of rights and to require certain creditors to obtain private loan certifications from institutions of higher education, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to issue rules to establish standards for reporting information related to student loans to consumer reporting agencies, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] (Introduced 12/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 12/04/2019 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, 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…

Health

H.R.5304 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require health plan oversight of pharmacy benefit manager services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 12/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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