Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider Rep. Chu House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 – NO BAN Act. The Senate will resume consideration of S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act.


THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Amendments to H.R. 6395:

Omar (D-MN) – Amendment No. 5 – Establishes a policy framework for the accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan – REJECTED 129 – 284, ROLL CALL 144

Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 6 – Strikes the statutory requirement that the Pentagon provide annual Unfunded Priorities lists to Congress – REJECTED 173 – 241, ROLL CALL 145

DeGette (D-CO) – Amendment No. 7 – Adds the text of H.R. 2546, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act – ADOPTED 234 – 179, ROLL CALL 146

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 – ADOPTED 234 – 181, ROLL CALL 147

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 – REJECTED 93 – 324, ROLL CALL 148

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 – ADOPTED 217 – 198, ROLL CALL 149

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 – ADOPTED 232 – 184, ROLL CALL 150

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 6395 – REJECTED 201 – 219, ROLL CALL 151

Passage of H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 – PASSED 295 – 125, ROLL CALL 152

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Rep. Chu House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 – NO BAN Act (Rep. Chu – Judiciary)

Rep. Jayapal House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 – Access to Counsel Act of 2020 (Rep. Jayapal – Judiciary)

Senate Amendment to H.R. 1957 – Great American Outdoors Act (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources)

Suspension (1 bill)

H.R. 7573 – To direct the Architect of the Capitol to replace the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall to be obtained by the Joint Committee on the Library and to remove certain statues from areas of the United States Capitol which are accessible to the public, to remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the United States Capitol, and for other purposes (Reps. Hoyer/Lee (CA)/Clyburn/Bass/Thompson (MS)/Butterfield – House Administration)

THE SENATE

Yesterday

 1.      Schatz amendment #2252 (re: DoD transfers of property to law enforcement agencies); not agreed to: 51-49 (60-affirmative vote threshold)

2.      Inhofe amendment #2411 (re: DoD transfers of property to law enforcement agencies); agreed to: 90-10.

3.      Cornyn amendment #2244 (re: semiconductor manufacturing); agreed to: 96-4.

Legislative Business

By voice vote, agreed to Shaheen amendment #1729 (re: PFAS study funding)

Adopted S.Res.654, designating July 25, 2020, as “National Day of the American Cowboy.”

Passed S.3989, to amend the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 to modify certain membership requirements of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and for other purposes.

Executive Business

This evening, Senator McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #643, William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. This cloture vote would occur after disposition of S.4049, NDAA, or one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, whichever is later.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

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

The time from 11:20am and 12:10pm will be under the control of Senator Sanders.

At 12:10pm, the Senate will vote in relation to Sanders amendment #1788, Tester amendment #1972, as modified, and then on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #2301, as amended. 

Wednesday, July 22nd at 12:10pm – 3 roll call votes:

1.      Sanders amendment #1788 (re: 10 percent cut / investing that money in communities in which the poverty rate is not less than 25 percent)

2.      Tester amendment #1972, as modified (re: Agent Orange)

3.      Motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #2301, as amended.

HEARINGS COVERED


Senate Banking

US-China: Winning the Economic Competition

Senate Commerce

Markup of Pending Calendar Business

Senate Foreign Relations

Advancing Effective U.S. Competition With China:

Objectives, Priorities, and Next Steps

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services

H.R.7717 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To authorize Federal reserve banks to purchase COVID-19 related municipal issuances, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (15)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.7709 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the CARES Act to establish community investment programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (8)

Committees: House – Budget; Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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 committee concerned.

S.4257 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to repeal the temporary exemption to the certification requirement under section 5323 of title 49, United States Code, for contracts between public transportation agencies and rolling stock manufacturers.

Sponsor: Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.4255 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the CARES Act to establish community investment programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.4235 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to include the Secretary of Agriculture as a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.7701 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish programs related to prevention of prescription opioid misuse, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall…

H.R.7695 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collect, analyze, and report qualitative and quantitative data on the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sponsor: Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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 committee…

S.4242 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish programs related to prevention of prescription opioid misuse, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4240 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to prohibit the use of funds to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization.

Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Tax

H.R.7707 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for the uncollectible accounts of eligible wholesale distributors.

Sponsor: Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7696 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To ensure that the Secretary of the Treasury provides for the integration of Social Security Administration death records in the databases used for verifying eligibility for payments.

Sponsor: Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (10)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 07/21/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.4236 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish a grant program to encourage the creation and expansion of employee stock ownership plans.

Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 07/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 07/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.