Saturday, October 21, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

Nominations Fill Legislative Void in Senate
Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican
Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure
Senators approve resolution honoring Las Vegas shooting victims
Senate rejects Democratic budget amendments to hike taxes, boost entitlement spending
When the Budget Resolution Isn't About the Budget
Rand Paul's attempt to cut defense spending defeated
Senate votes down Rand Paul's budget amendments to cut spending, repeal Obamacare
Senate passes budget, closes in on tax reform
US Senate passes Republican-backed budget, 51-49
The Senate passed its budget plan: Here's what that means for tax cuts, what it doesn't and what's next

Congress Last Week

Tax Reform

How is the tax plan progressing in Congress?
Steven Mnuchin: No 'artificial deadline' for tax reform
Trump on tax reform: 'We will go from one of the highest taxed nations in the world to one of the lowest taxed'
Donald Trump predicts some Democrats will join with him on tax cuts
Donald Trump prods Senate Democrats to back tax reform
The Finance 202: Now, the hard part: Writing a tax bill
Paul Ryan on tax reform, middle class and identity politics
Paul Ryan: Republicans will introduce fourth bracket on high-income earners
Trump Tax Plan: What Happens Next
Tim Scott 'encouraged' by budget talks with House Freedom Caucus

Health Care Policy
Trump backs 'short-term' bipartisan health-care deal in the Senate
Mark Meadows: Senate Obamacare deal a 'good start'
U.S. Senate backers of Obamacare deal seek support but prospects unclear
ACA fix could end up in year-end package
Despite setbacks, senators continue to pitch bipartisan health care fix
Ron Johnson says he's working with House members on another health care plan
Senator unveils rare bipartisan healthcare initiative
Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy boost bipartisan Senate effort for short-term Obamacare fix
Congress, Don't Forget About Reforming Medicaid

McConnell: Gorsuch is Trump's 'single most significant' accomplishment

Monetary Policy
Conservative Republican tries to derail reappointment of Fed's Yellen

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page subpoenaed by Senate committee
House Republicans seek Mueller hearing testimony
House panel sets Puerto Rico recovery hearing for Oct. 24
Russia, Comey firing, Clinton emails: Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his own words
Senate intel interviews former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski
Sessions backs Trump's firing of Comey
House Oversight threatens to subpoena Sessions over officials' travel
US Senate panel considers N Carolina lawyer for judgeship
Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress on Nov. 1
Pentagon briefs John McCain's committee on Niger soldier deaths
Lynch meets with House investigators

Floor Schedule

Mitch McConnell expects a vote 'at some point' on abortion ban
McConnell: 20-week abortion ban will get Senate vote
Senate tees up House-passed disaster relief bill
U.S. House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 2266, Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Hearings to examine the nominations of David J. Ryder, of New Jersey, to be Director of the Mint, Department of the Treasury, and Hester Maria Peirce, of Ohio, and Robert J. Jackson, Jr., of New York, both to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
Hearings to examine United States policy towards Burma, focusing on geopolitical, economic, and humanitarian considerations.
Hearings to examine reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, focusing on fisheries science.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
To receive a closed briefing on the major threats facing naval forces and the Navy's current and planned capabilities to meet those threats.
Hearings to examine the commercial satellite industry.
Hearings to examine an original bill entitled, "the Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017".
Hearings to examine the economic outlook.
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Jeff Tien Han Pon, of Virginia, to be Director, and Michael Rigas, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Director, both of the Office of Personnel Management, and Emily Webster Murphy, of Missouri, to be Administrator of General Services.
Hearings to examine S.1870, to amend the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to secure urgent resources vital to Indian victims of crime, S.1953, to amend the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to provide for advancements in public safety services to Indian communities, and S.1942, to direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians.
Hearings to examine working and aging with disabilities from school to retirement.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Hearings to examine the nominations of Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, Robert Hunter Kurtz, of Virginia, and Suzanne Israel Tufts, of New York, each to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Hearings to examine advanced cyber technologies that could be used to help protect electric grids and other energy infrastructure from cyberattacks.
Hearings to examine improving oversight of the regulatory process, focusing on lessons from state legislatures.
Hearings to examine free speech on college campuses.
Hearings to examine strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4038 – DHS Accountability Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 3328 – Cuban Airport Security Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
3) H.R. 3551 – C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
4) S. 504 – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono / Homeland Security Committee)
5) H.R. 2142 – INTERDICT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas / Homeland Security Committee)
6) H.R. 4010 – Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Judiciary Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 3972 – Family Office Technical Correction Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Financial Services Committee)
3) H.R. 3898 – Impeding North Koreas Access to Finance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 732Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, the House is not in session. No votes are expected in the House.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 1698 – Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.Res. 359 – Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) H.R. 3342 – Sanctioning Hizballahs Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.R. 3329 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
H.R. 469Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)
Consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.Con.Res. 71, Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
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Text of Bills for the Week of Oct. 23, 2017

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, October 23, 2017

H.R. 469 — Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017 (Rules Committee Print 115-34, showing the text of H.R. 469 and H.R. 1096 as reported by the Committee on the Judiciary; and H.R. 4070, as introduced); H.R. 732 — Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Examining HHSs Public Health Preparedness for and Response to the 2017 Hurricane Season

Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In

The Federal Governments Role in the Insurance Industry

The Role of Facilities and Administrative Costs in Supporting NIH-Funded Research

"Draft legislation to establish a permanent Veterans Choice Program; Draft legislation to modify VAs authority to enter into agreements with State homes to provide nursing home care to veterans, to direct the Secretary to carry out a program to increase the number of graduate medical education residency positions, and for other purposes; Draft legislation, to direct VA to conduct a study of the Veterans Crisis Line; Draft legislation, to direct VA to furnish mental health care to veterans at community or non-profit mental health providers participating in the Veterans Choice Program; the Department of Veterans Affairs (VAs) legislative proposal, the Veteran Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act; H.R. 1133; H.R. 2123; H.R. 2601; and, H.R. 3642

Joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security entitled Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce

Joint Hearing entitled Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce.

Oversight of Federal Political Advertisement Laws and Regulations

Senate Amendment to H. Con. Res. 71 — Concurrent resolution establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Down Syndrome: Update on the State of the Science and Potential for Discoveries Across Other Major Diseases

Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis: A Status Update on CARA and Other Initiatives

Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform

The Presidents Iran Decision: Next Steps

Oversight hearing titled Empowering State Based Management Solutions for Greater Sage Grouse Recovery.

Examining How VBA Can Effectively Prevent and Manage Overpayments

GAO Audit Reveals Half-Measures Taken by Small Business Advocates

State Voter Registration List Maintenance

Continuation of Hearing entitled Examining the Equifax Data Breach

Ongoing Management Challenges at IRS

Pending Legislation

Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill: Providing Tariff Relief to U.S. Manufacturers Through the New MTB Process

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oversight of the United States Refugee Admissions Program

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