Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.R. 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Rep. Hoyer – Ways and Means). The Senate will resume consideration of House Message to accompany H.R.1865: LaborH, Ag, Energy and Water, Interior, Leg Branch, MilconVA, ForeignOps, THUD Appropriations and the extra items, with the time until 11:00am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Motion to Adjourn – REJECTED 188 – 226, ROLL CALL 691

Motion to Table – ADOPTED 226 – 191, ROLL CALL 692

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 767 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.Res. 755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors – PASSED 229 – 197, ROLL CALL 693

Adoption of H. Res. 767 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.Res. 755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors – ADOPTED 228 – 197, ROLL CALL 694

Adoption of Article I: Abuse of Power – ADOPTED 230 – 197 – 1, ROLL CALL 695

Adoption of Article II: Obstruction of Congress – ADOPTED 229 – 198 – 1, ROLL CALL 696

Today

No One Minutes

H.R. 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Rep. Hoyer – Ways and Means)

H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (Rep. Suozzi – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

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; invoked: 55-38.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #382, Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio; confirmed: 56-38.

3.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #465, Anuraag Singhal, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 76-18.

4.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #466, Karen Spencer Marston, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 85-7.

5.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #480, Daniel Mack Traynor, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota; invoked: 51-42.

6.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #481, Jodi W. Dishman, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; invoked: 76-17.

7.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #490, John M. Gallagher, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 82-10.

8.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #536, Bernard Maurice Jones II, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; invoked: 88-5.

9.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #354, Mary Kay Vyskocil, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; invoked: 89-4.

10.   Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #383, Kea Whetzal Riggs, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico; invoked: 92-1.

11.   Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #356, Gary Richard Brown, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; invoked: 91-2.

12.   Motion to invoke cloture Executive Calendar #357, Stephanie Dawkins Davis, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; invoked: 90-1.

Legislative Business

Passed Cal. #314, S.153, to promote veteran involvement in STEM education, computer science, and scientific research.

Passed H.R.3196, Vera C. Rubin Observatory Designation Act

Passed S.3105, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the “Richard G. Lugar Post Office”.

Adopted S.Res.450, recognizing the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the celebration of “Human Rights Day”.

Adopted S.Res.957, Naval Air Station Pensacola attack

Agreed to S.Con.Res.31, recognizing the importance and significance of the 2020 Census and encouraging individuals, families, and households across the United States to participate in the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count.

Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

H.R.397, Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019

H.R.1759, BRIDGE for Workers Act

H.R.4018, to provide that the amount of time that an elderly offender must serve before being eligible for placement in home detention is to be reduced by the amount of good time credits earned by the prisoner, and for other purposes.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of House Message to accompany H.R.1865: LaborH, Ag, Energy and Water, Interior, Leg Branch, MilconVA, ForeignOps, THUD Appropriations and the extra items, with the time until 11:00am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1865.

Cloture has also been filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1158: Defense, CJS, FSGG, DHS Appropriations.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the pending nominations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.   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 Executive Calendar #550, Stephen E. Biegun, of Michigan, to be Deputy Secretary of State.

Thursday, December 19th at 11:00am – 1 roll call vote:

1.       Motion to invoke cloture 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.

Senators should expect additional roll call votes during Thursday’s session. (Note: once a series of roll call votes is scheduled, Senators should expect the votes after the first vote to be 10 minutes in duration.)

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

The Impacts of Wildfire on Electric Grid Reliability

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Health

H.R.5485 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require coverage of hearing devices and systems in certain private health insurance plans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5482 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a program to prevent the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems among students in middle and high schools, to award grants to State and local health agencies to implement such program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.5481 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to restore State authority to waive for certain facilities the 35-mile rule for designating critical access hospitals under the Medicare program.

Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5480 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To ensure that ALS patients have access to treatment within clinical trials.

Sponsor: Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5479 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Sponsor: Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5473 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to provide for Medicare and Medicaid mental and behavioral health treatment through telehealth.

Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/18/2019 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…

S.3103 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to restore State authority to waive for certain facilities the 35-mile rule for designating critical access hospitals under the Medicare program.

Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3085 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize payments for ambulatory surgical centers under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3096 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention to develop a program to prevent the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems among students in middle and high schools, to award grants to State and local health agencies to implement such program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 12/18/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.