Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will complete consideration of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, post cloture.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 758 – The combined rule that provides for consideration of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 5038 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 and of the conference report to accompany S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 – PASSED 227 – 189, ROLL CALL 668

Adoption of H. Res. 758 – The combined rule that provides for consideration of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 5038 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 and of the conference report to accompany S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 – ADOPTED 222 – 190, ROLL CALL 669

Democrat Motion to Table the Motion to Reconsider on H.R. 729 – ADOPTED 229 – 192, ROLL CALL 670

Motion to Table the Motion to Reconsider on H. Res. 758 – ADOPTED 196 – 170, ROLL CALL 671

Adoption of Conference Report to Accompany S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 – ADOPTED 377 – 48, ROLL CALL 672

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 5038 – REJECTED 19 3- 230, ROLL CALL 673

Passage of H.R. 5038 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 – PASSED 260 – 165 – 1, ROLL CALL 674

Motion to Table the Motion to Reconsider on H.R. 5038 – ADOPTED 216 – 164, ROLL CALL 675

Today

One Minutes (5 per side) 

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (Rep. Pallone/Rep. Neal/Rep. Scott (VA) – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and Labor)

The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for three hours equally divided among and controlled by the respective Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees on Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means.  The Rule also provides for one hour equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their respective designees and makes in order the following amendments:

Walden Amendment

Tonko Amendment

Peters Amendment

Kennedy Amendment

O’Halleran Amendment

Jackson Lee Amendment

Gottheimer Amendment

Axne Amendment

Finkenauer Amendment

Luria Amendment

Cunningham Amendment

Scanlon Amendment

As of tonight, the House has completed three hours of general debate on H.R. 3 and will continue with one hour of general debate and amendment debate on Thursday.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.       Passage of H.R.2333: Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act; passed: 95-0.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #534, Lawrence VanDyke, of Nevada, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; invoked: 51-44.

3.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #530, John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Russia; invoked: 69-25.

4.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #543, Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services; invoked: 74-19.

5.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; invoked: 53-41.

Legislative Business

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.3009, to provide for a period of continuing appropriations in the event of a lapse in appropriations under the normal appropriations process, and establish procedures and consequences in the event of a failure to enact appropriations.

No additional Executive Business

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, post cloture.

At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Skipwith and Sullivan (Russia Ambassador) nominations.

At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Hahn (Fish and Wildlife) nomination.

Thursday, December 12th at 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #530, John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Russia

Thursday, December 12th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote

3.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #543, Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Health

H.R.5402 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, to conduct a study on high-risk, high-reward drugs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] (Introduced 12/11/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/11/2019 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.5400 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish the “Biomedical Innovation Fund”, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 12/11/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Rules; Budget

Latest Action: House – 12/11/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, and the Budget, 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…

S.3021 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of a drug that is intended for human use and contains an ingredient that is derived directly or indirectly from a gluten-containing grain to identify each such ingredient, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 12/11/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Tax

H.R.5393 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to revise the incentives for electric vehicles, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 12/11/2019) Cosponsors: (30)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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