Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.Con.Res. 83 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #554, Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 779 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 535 – PFAS Action Act of 2019 – PASSED 225 – 193, ROLL CALL 02

Adoption of H. Res. 779 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 535 – PFAS Action Act of 2019 – ADOPTED 217 – 199, ROLL CALL 03

1) H.R. 3763 – Promoting United States International Leadership in 5G Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

2) H.R. 5078 – Prison to Proprietorship Act, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – VOTE ORDERED

3) H.R. 5065 – Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

4) H.R. 5130 – Capturing All Small Businesses Act of 2019 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

5) H.R. 5146 – Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

6) H.Res. 575 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendations of “The Prague Proposals”, as

amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

7) H.R. 2881 – Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 413 – 3, ROLL CALL 04

8) H.R. 4500 – Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2019, as amended – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED BY VOICE

Today

One Minutes (15 per side)

H.Con.Res. 83 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran (Rep. Slotkin – Foreign Affairs) (Subject to a Rule)

The Rule provides for two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Postponed Suspension (1 vote)

H.R. 5078 – Prison to Proprietorship, as amended (Rep. Velazquez – Small Business)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 535 – PFAS Action Act of 2019 (Rep. Dingell – Energy and Commerce)

The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 22 amendments.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

**Following last votes on Thursday, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 535.  The House will vote on amendments, motion to recommit, and final passage on Friday.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #329, Matthew H. Solomson, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; invoked: 88-7.

2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #462, Eleni Maria Roumel, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; invoked: 51-44.

3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #525, Michael George DeSombre, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Thailand; invoked: 64-31.

4.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #329, Matthew H. Solomson, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; confirmed: 89-8.

5.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #462, Eleni Maria Roumel, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; confirmed: 51-47.

6.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #525, Michael George DeSombre, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Thailand; confirmed: 91-7.

Legislative Business

Adopted Calendar #337, S.Res.343: congratulating the people of the Czech Republic and the people of the Slovak Republic on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the 26th anniversary of the formation of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, and the 101st anniversary of the declaration of independence of Czechoslovakia.

 Adopted Calendar #340, S.Res.385: celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of both Germany and Europe, and the spread of democracy around the world.

Adopted Calendar #341, S.Res.447: expressing serious concern about widespread irregularities in Bolivia’s October 20, 2019, general elections and supporting the convening of new elections in Bolivia at the earliest possible date.

Adopted Calendar #365, S.Res.142: condemning the Government of the Philippines for its continued detention of Senator Leila De Lima, calling for her immediate release, and for other purposes.

Adopted Calendar #366, S.Res.152: expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean Americans in the United States.

Adopted Calendar #368, S.Res.395: recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis, and for other purposes.

Passed H.R.583: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement (PIRATE) Act.

Passed Calendar #374, S. 1228: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement  (PIRATE) Act.

Passed Calendar #375, S.1611: Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act.

No Additional Executive Business

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #554, Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Ray nomination. Absent an agreement, if cloture is invoked there would then be up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate time followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Thursday at 11:00am – 1 roll call vote:

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #554, Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 2 hours of debate, then:

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #554, Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

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House Transportation and Infrastructure

Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2020

House Administration

2020 Election Security-Perspectives from Voting System Vendors and Experts

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cyber

S.3153 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to prohibit the sharing of United States intelligence with countries that permit the operation of Huawei fifth generation telecommunications technology within their borders.

Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 01/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Intelligence

Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Health

S.3166 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to lower the cost of drugs for all Americans.

Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 01/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3163 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/08/2020) Cosponsors: (4)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3162 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

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

Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3161 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish the “Biomedical Innovation Fund”, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/08/2020) Cosponsors: (12)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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