Daily Digest

Monday, January 14, 2019

Daily Digest


Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S165–S186

Measures Introduced: Three bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 112–114, and S. Res. 17.
Page S181

Measures Passed:

Congratulating the North Dakota State University Football Team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 17, congratulating the North Dakota State University football team for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision title.
Page S182

Measures Considered:

Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1, to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people.
Pages S166–79

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 50 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 3), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Page S174

Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Page S174


National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence: The Chair, pursuant to Public Law 115–232, on behalf of the Democratic Leader of the Senate and the Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, appointed the following individual as a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence: Christopher A. R. Darby of New Hampshire vice Senator Heinrich.
Page S182

Messages from the House:
Page S180

Measures Referred:
Page S180

Measures Read the First Time:
Pages S180–81

Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S181

Additional Cosponsors:
Page S181

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Page S181

Additional Statements:
Page S180

Privileges of the Floor:
Page S181

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--3)
Page S174

Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:50 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S182.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)


Committee on Appropriations: Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies: Senators Hoeven (Chair), McConnell, Collins, Blunt, Moran, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Merkley, Feinstein, Tester, Udall, Leahy, and Baldwin. Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: Senators Moran (Chair), Alexander, Murkowski, Collins, Graham, Boozman, Capito, Kennedy, Rubio, Shaheen, Leahy, Feinstein, Reed, Coons, Schatz, Manchin, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Department of Defense: Senators Shelby (Chair), McConnell, Alexander, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Blunt, Moran, Hoeven, Boozman, Durbin, Leahy, Feinstein, Murray, Reed, Tester, Udall, Schatz, and Baldwin.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development: Senators Alexander (Chair), McConnell, Shelby, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Hoeven, Kennedy, Hyde-Smith, Feinstein, Murray, Tester, Durbin, Udall, Shaheen, Merkley, and Coons. Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: Senators Kennedy (Chair), Moran, Boozman, Daines, Lankford, Coons, Durbin, Manchin, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security: Senators Capito (Chair), Shelby, Murkowski, Hoeven, Kennedy, Hyde-Smith, Lankford, Tester, Shaheen, Leahy, Murray, Baldwin, and Manchin. Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: Senators Murkowski (Chair), Alexander, Blunt, McConnell, Capito, Hyde-Smith, Daines, Rubio, Udall, Feinstein, Leahy, Reed, Tester, Merkley, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies: Senators Blunt (Chair), Shelby, Alexander, Graham, Moran, Capito, Kennedy, Hyde-Smith, Rubio, Lankford, Murray, Durbin, Reed, Shaheen, Merkley, Schatz, Baldwin, Murphy, and Manchin. Subcommittee on Legislative Branch: Senators Hyde-Smith (Chair), Shelby, Lankford, Murphy, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: Senators Boozman (Chair), McConnell, Murkowski, Hoeven, Collins, Capito, Rubio, Daines, Schatz, Tester, Murray, Reed, Udall, Baldwin, and Murphy. Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: Senators Graham (Chair), McConnell, Blunt, Boozman, Moran, Rubio, Lankford, Daines, Leahy, Durbin, Shaheen, Coons, Merkley, Murphy, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies: Senators Collins (Chair), Shelby, Alexander, Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Graham, Hoeven, Daines, Reed, Murray, Durbin, Feinstein, Coons, Schatz, Murphy, and Manchin. Senators Shelby and Leahy are ex officio members of each subcommittee.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 18 public bills, H.R. 527–544; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res. 27–28; and H. Res. 40–41, were introduced.
Pages H543–44

Additional Cosponsors:
Page H545

Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Brown (MD) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H521

Recess: The House recessed at 12:05 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H522

Recess: The House recessed at 2:02 p.m. and reconvened at 4 p.m.
Page H522

Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Investing in Main Street Act of 2019: H.R. 116, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount that certain banks and savings associations may invest in small business investment companies, subject to the approval of the appropriate Federal banking agency, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 30;
Pages H522–24, H534

Stimulating Innovation through Procurement Act of 2019: H.R. 246, to amend the Small Business Act to require senior procurement executives, procurement center representatives, and the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to assist small business concerns participating in the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program;
Pages H524–26

Encouraging Small Business Innovation Act: H.R. 206, to amend the small business laws to create certain requirements with respect to the SBIR and STTR program; and
Pages H526–28

TANF Extension Act of 2019: H.R. 430, to extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through June 30, 2019.
Pages H531–34

Recess: The House recessed at 5:10 p.m. and reconvened at 6:32 p.m.
Page H534

Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019: H.R. 190, to amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts.
Pages H528–31

Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Rush announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Pages H536–37

Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Ryan announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution in the form of H. Res. 40.
Page H537

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H528.

Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of today and appears on page H534. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 8:23 p.m.


Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.


JANUARY 15, 2019

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of William Pelham Barr, of Virginia, to be Attorney General, Department of Justice, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters; to be immediately followed by a closed hearing to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.


Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 268, the ``Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019'', 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.


Next Meeting of the

10 a.m., Tuesday, January 15

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the

10 a.m., Tuesday, January 15

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Consideration of measures under suspension of the Rules.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue


Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E39

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E41, E41

Katko, John, N.Y., E39, E41

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E40

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E40, E41

Shimkus, John, Ill., E39

Stefanik, Elise M., N.Y., E39