Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.Res. 755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Rep. Nadler – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule). The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #382, Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 765 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 1158 – To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security and for other purposes and of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 1865 – To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes and of the bill H. Res. 761 – Permitting individuals to be admitted to the Hall of the House in order to obtain footage of the House in session for inclusion in the orientation film to be shown to visitors at the Capitol Visitor Center – PASSED 220 – 192, ROLL CALL 683

Adoption of H. Res. 765 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 1158 – To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security and for other purposes and of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 1865 – To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes and of the bill H. Res. 761 – Permitting individuals to be admitted to the Hall of the House in order to obtain footage of the House in session for inclusion in the orientation film to be shown to visitors at the Capitol Visitor Center – ADOPTED 219 – 189, ROLL CALL 684

H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 408 – 1, ROLL CALL 685

H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 409 – 1, ROLL CALL 686

H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 410 – 0, ROLL CALL 687

H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 409 – 7, ROLL CALL 688

House Amendment to 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 – ADOPTED 297 – 120, ROLL CALL 689

House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services; and Homeland Security – PASSED 280 – 138, ROLL CALL 690

Today

No One Minutes

H.Res. 755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Rep. Nadler – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

The Rule provides for six hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary

**Members are advised that Republican procedural votes are expected in the House throughout the day, beginning as early as 9:00 a.m.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.       Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the conference report to accompany S.1790, NDAA; agreed to: 82-12.

2.       Adoption of the conference report accompanying S.1790, NDAA; agreed to: 86-8.

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.777: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019.

Passed S.2774: Veteran Treatment Court Program.

Adopted S.Res.546: recognizing and celebrating the 200th anniversary of the entry of Alabama into the Union as the 22nd State.

Executive Business

Cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #550, Stephen E. Biegun, of Michigan, to be Deputy Secretary of State. Absent an agreement, that cloture petition will ripen upon disposition of the appropriations mini-buses or one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, whichever is later.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

On Monday, following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #382, Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

At 10:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McFarland nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate time followed by a vote on confirmation, at which time the cloture petition on the next district judge will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the next nomination in the order listed below.

Senator McConnell has 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

Cloture has also been filed on:

·the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1865: LaborH, Ag, Energy and Water, Interior, Leg Branch, MilconVA, ForeignOps, THUD Appropriations and the extra items.

·the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1158: Defense, CJS, FSGG, DHS Appropriations.

Absent an agreement, the cloture petitions on the appropriations bills will ripen upon disposition of the judicial nominations listed above or one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, whichever is later.

Wednesday, December 18th at 10:30am – 1 roll call vote:

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

Senators should expect additional roll call votes throughout Wednesday’s session.

HEARINGS COVERED

CFTC

Open Meeting

SEC

Open Meeting

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy

H.R.5467 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to increase transparency, to support regulatory certainty, and to reauthorize that Act, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.5445 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to encourage the construction of critical infrastructure and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.5460 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to revise the transfers and withdrawals limit with respect to savings deposits and transaction accounts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5455 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require sales and leases of assets of public housing projects to financially benefit the residents of such public housing project and the budget of the public housing agency that owns such public housing project, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.5469 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To address mental health issues for youth, particularly youth of color, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (9)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5453 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare.

Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 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.5444 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 to streamline the transition of certain products from approval as a drug to licensure as a biological product, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3078 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the efficiency of the Medicare appeals process, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3074 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for and support liver illness visibility, education, and research, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3070 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to modify reporting requirements under the Controlled Substances Act.

Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Judiciary

Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.3067 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to combat the opioid crisis by promoting access to non-opioid treatments in the hospital outpatient setting.

Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5465 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide technical and financial support for the completion of the Interstate 11 environmental impact statement, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.5449 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the FAST Act to reauthorize the surface transportation system funding alternatives program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/17/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.3077 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide technical and financial support for the completion of the Interstate 11 environmental impact statement, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] (Introduced 12/17/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works

Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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