Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will complete consideration of H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The Senate will resume consideration of S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 1053 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, of the bill H.R. 7027 – Child Care Is Essential Act, of the bill H.R. 7327 – Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, and of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1957 – Great American Outdoors Act – PASSED 220 – 162, ROLL CALL 139

Adoption of H. Res. 1053 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, of the bill H.R. 7027 – Child Care Is Essential Act, of the bill H.R. 7327 – Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, and of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1957 – Great American Outdoors Act – ADOPTED 224 – 166, ROLL CALL 140

Amendments to H.R. 6395:

Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 3 – Provides Congress transparency when a President deploys active duty military within the United States during civil unrest by amending the Insurrection Act in Title 10, Chapter 13 of U.S. Code – ADOPTED 215 – 190, ROLL CALL 141

McAdams (D-UT) – Amendment No. 4 – Prohibits any funding for new nuclear testing in FY21 – ADOPTED 227 – 179, ROLL CALL 142

Omar (D-MN) – Amendment No. 5 – Establishes a policy framework for the accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan – VOTE REQUESTED

Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 6 – Strikes the statutory requirement that the Pentagon provide annual Unfunded Priorities lists to Congress – VOTE REQUESTED

DeGette (D-CO) – Amendment No. 7 – Adds the text of H.R. 2546, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act – VOTE REQUESTED

Neguse (D-CO) – Amendment No. 8 – Adds the text of H.R. 823, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act to the bill and withdraws, permanently one million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park that are already (as of 2012) subject to a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims. The withdrawal permanently protects an iconic location, tribal communities and sacred sites, local economies, and safe water supplies – VOTE REQUESTED

Pocan (D-WI) – Amendment No. 9 – Reduces overall authorization level by 10%. Excludes military personnel, DoD federal civilian workforce, and defense health program accounts from the 10% reduction – VOTE REQUESTED

Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 11 – Provides up to $10,000 in immediate assistance to pay down the balance of private student loans. Furthermore, when borrower payments resume, the servicer would have to modify the loan to lower the monthly payment by re-amortizing the loan and/or lowering the interest rate – VOTE REQUESTED

Smith (D-WA) En Bloc #1 – Amendments can be found here – PASSED 336 – 71, ROLL CALL 143

Gallego (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 13 – Clarifies and extends sanctions related to the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 17 – Extends CARES student loan protections for private student loan borrowers who were left out of the CARES Act. This includes a pause in borrower payment obligations, accrual of interest, negative credit reporting, and debt collection. Additionally, since the CARES student loan protections expire on Sep 30, 2020, this amendment extends the private student loan protections an additional year until Sep 30, 2021 – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Houlahan (D-PA) – Amendment No. 19 – Requires that any Federal law enforcement officer deployed pursuant to 10 USC 253 be clearly identified by name and agency visible on their uniform or other clothing – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Takano (D-CA) – Amendment No. 29 – Closes a federal loophole by making military education benefits such as Department of Defense Tuition Assistance count as federal educational assistance funds and limits the availability of federal funds for proprietary for-profit institutions unless the institution derives at least 10% of funds from sources other than federal funds – VOTE REQUESTED

Gabbard (D-HI) – Amendment No. 143 – Creates an online program that teaches civilian health care providers how to handle veterans. It would also inform separating service members of the need to inform their health care providers that they served – NOT OFFERED

Panetta (D-CA) – Amendment No. 167 – Expresses the sense of Congress that the decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies did not comply with Section 1234(a) of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and that confidence and security building measures remain vital to the strategic interests of our NATO allies and partners – ADOPTED BY VOICE

En Bloc #2 – Amendments can be found here – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

As of tonight, the House has completed all debate on H.R. 6395.  

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #718, Russell Vought, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget; confirmed: 51-45.

Legislative Business

Completed the Rule 14 process to place H.R.7120, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act.

At 11:45am, the Senate will vote in relation to Schatz amendment #2252 and Inhofe amendment #2411.

Following disposition of Inhofe amendment #2411, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 4:00pm, the Senate will vote in relation to Shaheen amendment #1729 and Cornyn amendment #2244.

As under the previous order, each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.

Tuesday, July 21st at 11:45am – 2 roll call votes

1.      Schatz amendment #2252 (re: DoD transfers of property to law enforcement agencies)

2.      Inhofe amendment #2411 (re: DoD transfers of property to law enforcement agencies)

Tuesday, July 21st at 4:00pm – 2 roll call votes

1.      Shaheen amendment #1729 (re: PFAS study funding)

2.      Cornyn amendment #2244 (re: semiconductor manufacturing)

HEARINGS COVERED

CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee

Senate Aging

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Seniors: A Look at Racial Health Disparities

Senate Banking

SEC/NCUA Nomination Hearing

House Energy and Commerce

Pathway to a Vaccine: Efforts to Develop a Safe, Effective and Accessible COVID-19 Vaccine

Senate Banking

Federal Reserve Nomination Votes

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services

H.R.7688 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 to establish a Portal for Appraiser Credentialing and AMC Registration Information, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.7671 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide for the establishment of a COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Fund, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.7689 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support research and programmatic efforts that will build on previous research on the effects of, adverse childhood experiences.

Sponsor: Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7686 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to provide full compensation to any essential COVID-19 frontline worker who was seriously injured or died as a result of having COVID-19, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7676 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for hospital and insurer price transparency.

Sponsor: Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Transportation

H.R.7681 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish the Intercity Passenger Rail Trust Fund to ensure a safe, sustainable, convenient transportation option for the people of the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 07/20/2020) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 07/20/2020 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the…