Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The Senate will sit as a court of Impeachment for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Passage of H.J.Res. 76 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to “Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability” – PASSED 231 – 180, ROLL CALL 22

Approval of the Journal – APPROVED

Today

The House is not in session.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.      Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R.5430, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; waived: 78-21.

2.      Passage of H.R.5430 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; passed: 89-10.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.474: Legal Counsel.

Adopted S.Res.476: congratulating North Dakota State University Bison football team.

Adopted S.Res.477: designating the week of February 3 through February 7, 2020, as “National School Counseling Week”.

Adopted S.Res.478: designating the week of January 26 through February 1, 2020, as “National School Choice Week”.

Passed S.3201: to extend the temporary scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances.

Passed S.3084: to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Passed H.R.886 with McSally amendment: to direct the Attorney General to establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program.

Executive Business

Confirmed by unanimous consent all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for a pro forma session with no business conducted at 2:00pm on Friday, January 17, 2020.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 12:30pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair.

At 1:00pm, the Senate will sit as a court of Impeachment for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

For the information of senators, on Tuesday, from 10:00am to 11:00am, the Senate can receive House messages and Executive matters; Committees are authorized to report legislative and executive matters; and Senators are allowed to submit statements for the Record, bills and resolutions, and cosponsor requests; and where applicable, the Secretary of the Senate, on behalf of the Presiding Officer, is permitted to refer such matters.

HEARINGS COVERED

MedPAC

Congressional request on health care provider consolidation: Does the 340B program create incentives for participating hospitals to use more expensive drugs?

House Judiciary

Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 5: Competitors in the Digital Economy

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy

H.R.5638 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Endangered Species Act to prevent a species that is not native to the United States from being listed as an endangered species or a threatened species, to prohibit certain types of financial assistance, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 01/16/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

S.3213 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend certain banking laws to establish requirements for bank mergers, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 01/16/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.5640 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.

Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 01/16/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5633 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to provide for a public education campaign for the promotion outreach and education campaign to raise public awareness of synthetic opioids.

Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 01/16/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5632 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish procedures regarding the approval of opioid drugs by the Food and Drug Administration.

Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 01/16/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5631 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants to medical and other health profession schools to expand or develop education and training programs for substance use prevention and treatment, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 01/16/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3216 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing cost-sharing requirements or treatment limitations with respect to diagnostic examinations for breast cancer that are less favorable than such requirements with respect to screening examinations for breast cancer.

Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 01/16/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3201 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act

Sponsor: Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] (Introduced 01/16/2020) Cosponsors: (6)

Latest Action: Senate – 01/16/2020 Message on Senate action sent to the House.