Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.J.Res. 79 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment (Rep. Speier – Judiciary). The Senate will resume 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.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Amendments to H.R. 2546:

DeGette (D-CO) – Amendment No. 1 – Makes changes to Title I – Colorado Wilderness and amounts to an approximate 60,000 acres of additional wilderness designations under Title I – ADOPTED 229 – 189, ROLL CALL 60

McClintock (R-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Delays wilderness designations under the Act until the affected county formally approves such designation – REJECTED 181 – 239, ROLL CALL 61

McClintock (R-CA) – Amendment No. 3 – Allows the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior, as appropriate, to exclude from wilderness designations under this Act any areas that do not meet the definition of wilderness in the Wilderness Act. Allows the same for river segments that do not meet the criteria for designation under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – REJECTED 182 – 236, ROLL CALL 62

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 4 – Encourages the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to ensure servicemember and veteran access to public lands – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Panetta (D-CA) – Amendment No. 5 – States that the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture may manage for fire, insects, and diseases in wilderness areas designated by this Act – ADOPTED 406 – 12, ROLL CALL 63

Westerman (R-AR) – Amendment No. 6 – Allows the Secretary of Agriculture or Secretary of the Interior, as appropriate, to exempt from wilderness designations under the Act any area determined by the Secretary to be at high risk of wildfire – REJECTED 193 – 228, ROLL CALL 64

Westerman (R-AR) – Amendment No. 7 – Strikes all designations of “potential” wilderness under the bill – REJECTED 188 – 233, ROLL CALL 65

Cunningham (D-SC), Tipton (R-CO) – Amendment No. 8 – Ensures that military aircraft overflights, units of special air space, and flight training routes are allowed over wilderness areas designated by this Act – ADOPTED 419 – 1, ROLL CALL 66

Tipton (R-CO) – Amendment No. 8 – Strikes wilderness additions in the 3rd Congressional District – REJECTED 183 – 234, ROLL CALL 67

Tipton (R-CO) – Amendment No. 9 – Requires the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the impacts that the expansion of wilderness designations in the Western United States would have on the readiness of our armed forces with respect to aviation training – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Kilmer (D-WA) – Amendment No. 10 – Clarifies that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources retains the authority to manage all lands currently owned by the state of Washington. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to satisfy the requirements of section 3(d) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(d)) for new Wild and Scenic Rivers designated on the Olympic Peninsula through an updated land management plan for the Olympic National Forest – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Schrier (D-WA) – Amendment No. 11 – Requires GAO conduct a study on how the preservation of wilderness lands can help reduce the risk of flooding in residential areas – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 2546 – REJECTED 199 – 215, ROLL CALL 68

Passage of H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness Act – PASSED 231 – 183, ROLL CALL 69

Today

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

H.J.Res. 79 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment (Rep. Speier – Judiciary)

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.

THE SENATE 

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 54-41.

2.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #565 Matthew Thomas Schelp, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; confirmed: 72-23.

3.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #461 John Fitzgerald Kness, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; confirmed: 81-12.

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; confirmed: 77-19.

5.      Motion to proceed to 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; agreed to: 51-45.

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.1365 with Graham amendment: technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.

Passed Calendar #343, S.490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act.

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

No Executive Business

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume 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.

At 10:30am, the Senate will vote in relation to the following pending amendments, with no second degree amendments in order with the exception of amendment #1319 (Sullivan).

1.      Cruz amendment #1301

2.      Cotton amendment #1305

3.      Risch amendment #1314

4.      Rubio amendment #1320

5.      Sullivan amendment #1319

6.      Reed amendment #1322

At 1:45pm, all debate time on the joint resolution will expire and the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution, as amended, if amended.

Thursday, February 13th at 10:30am – 6 roll call votes expected in relation to:

1.      Cruz amendment #1301

2.      Cotton amendment #1305

3.      Risch amendment #1314

4.      Rubio amendment #1320

5.      Sullivan amendment #1319

6.      Reed amendment #1322

Thursday, February 13th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

1.      Passage of S.J.Res.68, as amended, if amended: to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services

H.R.5881 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish the Office of Territorial Exporting in the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Sponsor: Rep. San Nicolas, Michael F. Q. [D-GU-At Large] (Introduced 02/12/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 02/12/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.5882 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option under the Medicaid program to pay for covered outpatient drugs through risk-sharing value-based agreements, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 02/12/2020) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/12/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3277 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to strengthen the infrastructure of, access to, and reporting of Medicaid home and community-based services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/12/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/12/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

S.3280 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that high-taxed amounts are excluded from tested income for purposes of determining global intangible low-taxed income only if such amounts would be foreign base company income or insurance income.

Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 02/12/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/12/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5871 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 23, United States Code, to make certain natural infrastructure projects eligible for surface transportation block grant funding, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] (Introduced 02/12/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Transportation

Latest Action: House – 02/12/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.