Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House and Senate are in recess until the week of January 6.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 772 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act – PASSED 227 – 195, ROLL CALL 697

Adoption of H. Res. 772 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act – ADOPTED 227 – 196, ROLL CALL 698

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 5377 – ADOPTED 388 – 36, ROLL CALL 699

Passage of H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act – PASSED 218 – 206, ROLL CALL 700

Passage of H.R. 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act – PASSED 385 – 41, ROLL CALL 701

Today

The House is in recess until January 7, 2020.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  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; invoked: 71-21.
  2. Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the motion to concur re: H.R.1865; agreed to: 64-30.
  3. Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1865; agreed to: 71-23.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #465, Anuraag Singhal, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; confirmed: 76-17.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #466, Karen Spencer Marston, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 87-6.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #480, Daniel Mack Traynor, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota; confirmed: 51-41.
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #481, Jodi W. Dishman, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; confirmed: 75-17.
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #490, John M. Gallagher, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 83-9.
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #536, Bernard Maurice Jones II, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; confirmed: 91-3.
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #354, Mary Kay Vyskocil, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; confirmed: 91-3.
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #383, Kea Whetzal Riggs, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico; confirmed: 94-0.
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #234, Robert J. Colville, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 66-27.
  13. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #349,  Lewis J. Liman, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; confirmed: 64-29
  14. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #550, Stephen E. Biegun, of Michigan, to be Deputy Secretary of State; confirmed: 90-3.
  15. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1158: Defense, CJS, FSGG, DHS Appropriations; invoked: 77-16.
  16. Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1158: Defense, CJS, FSGG, DHS Appropriations; agreed to: 81-11.

Legislative Business

Concurred in the House amendment to S.151: TRACED Act.

Passed Calendar #328, S.1822: Broadband DATA with Wicker substitute amendment.

Adopted S.Res.459: to constitute the majority party’s membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.

Adopted S.Res.460: congratulating the American Geophysical Union on the occasion of its centennial.

Adopted S.Res.461: congratulating Seattle Sounders FC on winning the 2019 Major League Soccer Cup.

Adopted S.Res.462: National One Health Awareness Month.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.81: directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R.1158.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.82: directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R.1865.

Passed Calendar #144, S.1309: Combating Global Corruption Act, with Cardin substitute amendment.

Passed S.3147: a bill requiring reports on VA patient safety and quality of care.

Passed S.221 with Gardner amendment: Department of Veterans Affairs Provider Accountability Act

Passed H.R. 2385: a bill to establish a grant program for cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program

Passed S. 2096 with Boozman amendment: a bill to authorize States and tribal organizations that receive grants from the National Cemetery Administration to use such grants for training

Passed H.R.1424: Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act.

Passed Calendar #274, S.439: End Plush Retirements Act, with a Cardin amendment.

Passed Calendar #203, S.1434: Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act, with Portman amendment.

Passed H.R.550: Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal

Passed S.1029: Dogs as Witness Guardians Act, with Cornyn amendment.

Passed Calendar #144, S.1309: to identify and combat corruption in countries, to establish a tiered system of countries with respect to levels of corruption by their governments and their efforts to combat such corruption, and to asses United States assistance to designated countries in order to advance anti-corruption efforts in those countries and better serve United States taxpayers, with a Cardin substitute amendment.

Passed Calendar #286, S.1608: to provide for the publication by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of physical activity recommendations for Americans.

Completed 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.

Began the Rule 14 process to place S.3148, to amend the Controlled Substance Act to list fentanyl-related substances as schedule I controlled substances (Johnson).

The Senate cleared a number of nominations by voice vote. The full list can be viewed here.

Today

The Senate is in recess until January 6, 2020.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3132 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Energy

H.R.5528 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish a Congressional Advisory Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to investigate the relationship between institutions of higher education and intercollegiate athletic programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.5518 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a Clean Cities Coalition Program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5514 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish a program to provide loans to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (9)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.5513 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act to modify the payment periods of loans from State revolving funds under those Acts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (8)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of…

H.R.5511 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to initiate a rulemaking to reform the interregional transmission planning process, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3109 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to initiate a rulemaking to reform the interregional transmission planning process, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services

S.3123 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Home Owners’ Loan Act with respect to the registration and supervision of insurance savings and loan holding companies, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3111 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to exclude affiliates and subsidiaries of insured depository institutions from the definition of deposit broker, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3108 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide that the consumer transaction account deposits of an insured depository institution are not considered to be funds obtained by or through a deposit broker, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.5501 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Drug Manufacturing.

Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5497 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a time-limited conditional approval pathway, subject to specific obligations, for certain drugs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3138 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to require hospitals and certain other participating providers under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program to disclose the provider’s policy on parental consent from the provision, withdrawal, or denial of life-sustaining treatment for minors, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3133 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a time-limited conditional approval pathway, subject to specific obligations, for certain drugs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3129 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide for certain reforms with respect to the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3116 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to enable States to better provide access to whole genome sequencing clinical services for certain undiagnosed children under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.5529 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to expand the exception to the windfall elimination provision based on years of coverage.

Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5523 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide investment and production tax credits for emerging energy technologies, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5520 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand refundability and increase simplification of the research credit for certain small businesses.

Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5512 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on indoor tanning services.

Sponsor: Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-2] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5494 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received from State-based catastrophe loss mitigation programs.

Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (13)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3136 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish small business start-up savings accounts.

Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3125 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for contributions to the Alzheimer’s Research and Caregiving Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3112 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and improve health savings accounts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3107 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a tax credit for installation of regionally-significant electric power transmission lines.

Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5508 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish additional requirements for certain transportation projects with estimated costs of $2,500,000,000 or more, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 12/19/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/19/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.