Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services; and Homeland Security (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule). The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report accompanying S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

1) H.R. 4920 – Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

2) H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE ORDERED

3) H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE ORDERED

4) H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE REQUESTED

5) H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE ORDERED

6) H.R. 4719 – FISH SAFE Act, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE REQUESTED

7) H.R. 3362 – Small Airport Mothers’ Room Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

8) H.R. 4998 – Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

9) H.R. 4779 – To extend Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

10) H.R. 4229 – Broadband DATA Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

11) H.R. 4227 – MAPS Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

12) H.R. 2647 – SOFFA, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

13) H.R. 3172 – Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

14) H.R. 150 – GREAT Act, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

15) S. 216 – Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

16) H.R. 722 – Miracle Mountain Designation Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE ORDERED

17) S. 50 – Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

18) H.R. 453 – Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

Today

No One Minutes

House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services; and Homeland Security (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1865 – Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Agriculture; Energy and Water; Interior; Legislative Branch; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; State and Foreign Operations; and Transportation and Housing (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

Postponed Suspensions (6 votes)

H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Rep. Khanna – Veterans’ Affairs)

H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act (Rep. Cloud – Veterans’ Affairs)

H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Transportation and Infrastructure)

H.R. 4719 – FISH SAFE Act, as amended (Rep. Golden – Transportation and Infrastructure)

H.R. 722 – Miracle Mountain Designation Act (Rep. Curtis – Natural Resources)

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.       Motion to invoke cloture on the conference report accompanying S.1790, NDAA; invoked: 76-6

Legislative Business

Passed S.457 w/ Cornyn sub amdt, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Coin Act

Passed S.2824, Artistic Recognition for Talented Students Act

Executive Business

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

1.       Executive Calendar #382, Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio

2.       Executive Calendar #465, Anuraag Singhal, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

3.       Executive Calendar #466, Karen Spencer Marston, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

4.       Executive Calendar #480, Daniel Mack Traynor, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota

5.       Executive Calendar #481, Jodi W. Dishman, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma

6.       Executive Calendar #490, John M. Gallagher, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

7.       Executive Calendar #536, Bernard Maurice Jones II, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma

8.       Executive Calendar #354, Mary Kay Vyskocil, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York

9.       Executive Calendar #383, Kea Whetzal Riggs, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico

10.    Executive Calendar #234, Robert J. Colville, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania

11.    Executive Calendar #349,  Lewis J. Liman, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York

12.    Executive Calendar #356, Gary Richard Brown, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

13.    Executive Calendar #357, Stephanie Dawkins Davis, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report accompanying S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, post-cloture.

At 11:45am, all post-cloture time will be considered expired. If a budget point of order is made, a motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the conference report would be made, and the Senate would vote on that motion prior to a vote on adoption of the NDAA conference report. 

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Tuesday, December 17th at 11:45pm – up to 2 roll call votes:

1.       If a budget point of order is raised, Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the conference report accompanying S.1790, NDAA.

2.       Adoption of the conference report accompanying S.1790, NDAA.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Judiciary

Tackling the Opioid Crisis: A Whole-of-Government Approach

House Ways and Means

USMCA Markup

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Health

H.R.5443 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to clarify that the provision of home and community-based services is not prohibited in an acute care hospital, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5] (Introduced 12/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5442 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require pharmacies to disclose any differential between the cost of a prescription drug based on whether certain individuals use prescription drug coverage to acquire such drug, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] (Introduced 12/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/16/2019 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…

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