Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (Rep. DeGette – Natural Resources). The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #563 Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 844- The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2546 – Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019 [Protecting America’s Wilderness Act] and of the bill H.J.Res. 79 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment – PASSED 222 – 186, ROLL CALL 57

Adoption of H. Res. 844 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2546 – Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019 [Protecting America’s Wilderness Act] and of the bill H.J.Res. 79 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment – ADOPTED , ROLL CALL 58

H.R. 1980 Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED , ROLL CALL 59

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (Rep. DeGette – Natural Resources)

The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

DeGette Amendment

McClintock Amendment #2

McClintock Amendment #3

Brown Amendment

Panetta Amendment

Westerman Amendment #6

Westerman Amendment #7

Cunningham Amendment

Tipton Amendment #9

Tipton Amendment #10

Kilmer Amendment

Schrier Amendment

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #562 Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit; confirmed: 52-43.

2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #563 Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska; invoked: 52-41.

3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #565 Matthew Thomas Schelp, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; invoked: 72-22.

4.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #461 John Fitzgerald Kness, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; invoked: 82-12.

5.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #535 Philip M. Halpern, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; invoked: 75-18.

Legislative Business

Passed H.J.Res.80, approving the request of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for a waiver under section 1703E(f) of title 38, United States Code.

Adopted S.Res.491, designating the week beginning February 2, 2020, as “National Tribal Colleges and University Week”.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.5687: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.3275: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (McConnell for Graham)

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #558 – John Hennessey-Niland, of Illinois, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Palau

Executive Calendar #559 – Donald Wright, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania

Executive Calendar #560 – Dorothy Shea, of North Carolina, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Lebanese Republic

Executive Calendar #561 – Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #563 Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, post-cloture.

At 10:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kindred, Schelp, Kness, and Halpern judicial nominations.

During Wednesday’s session, the Senate is expected to begin consideration of S.J.Res.68, to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

Wednesday, February 12th at 10:30am – 4 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #563 Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska

2.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #565 Matthew Thomas Schelp, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri

3.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #461 John Fitzgerald Kness, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

4.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #535 Philip M. Halpern, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Health

S.3271 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to limitations on exclusive approval or licensure of orphan drugs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/11/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Financial Services

H.R.5846 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide for working with allies to seek increased compliance by China with certain OECD export credit standards.

Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 02/11/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5844 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to revise the shareholder threshold for registration under that Act for issuers that receive support through certain Federal universal service support mechanisms, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 02/11/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Tax

H.R.5851 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain qualified over-the-counter securities to be treated as readily traded on an established securities market for the purpose of diversification requirements for employee stock ownership plans.

Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/11/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5848 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To eliminate asset limits employed by certain Federally-funded means-tested public assistance programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cox, TJ [D-CA-21] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Agriculture; Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 02/11/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within…

S.3276 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to eliminate asset limits employed by certain Federally-funded means-tested public assistance programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (9)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/11/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3270 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain qualified over-the-counter securities to be treated as readily traded on an established securities market for the purpose of diversification requirements for employee stock ownership plans.

Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 02/11/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/11/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.