Daily Digest

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senator-elect Rick Scott, of Florida, was administered the oath of office by the Vice President.
    See Interim Résumé of Congressional Activity.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S35–76

Measures Introduced: Thirty bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 30–59, and S. Res. 10–11.
Pages S67–68

Measures Considered:

Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act--Agreement: 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 S38–49

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

By 56 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 1), 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 S48

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 S48

A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
Page S48

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
Page S72


Swearing in of Senator Rick Scott: The Chair laid before the Senate the certificate of election of Senator-elect Rick Scott, of the State of Florida, and the oath of office was then administered as required by the U.S. Constitution and prescribed by law.
Page S38


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S66


Measures Read the First Time:
Page S66


Executive Communications:
Pages S66–67


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S68


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S68–72


Additional Statements:
Pages S65–66


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--1)
Page S48


Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 9:01 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S72.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 83 public bills, H.R. 8, 264–355; and 6 resolutions, H.J. Res. 22; H. Con. Res. 3; and H. Res. 26–27, 29–30, were introduced.
Pages H280–84


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H288–89


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 28, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 264) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 265) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 266) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 267) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 116–1).
Page H280


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative McGovern to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H231


Recess: The House recessed at 12:18 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H233


Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 161 nays with two answering ``present'', Roll No. 15.
Pages H233, H277


Oath of Office Designation--Communication: Pursuant to the provisions of House Resolution 22, 116th Congress, the Chair laid down a communication from the Honorable G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina reporting the administration of the oath of office to the Honorable Walter Jones of North Carolina on January 4, 2019, and stating that two copies of the oath, signed by Representative Jones, had been delivered to the Clerk of the House.
Page H233


Whole Number of the House: The Chair announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentleman from North Carolina, the whole number of the House is 434.
Page H233


United States Semiquincentennial Commission--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission: Representative Evans.
Page H234


Recess: The House recessed at 2:10 p.m. and reconvened at 4 p.m.
Page H234


Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 26, electing Members to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.
Page H234


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019: H.R. 259, amended, to extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment;
Pages H234–37


Reauthorizing certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application: H.R. 269, to reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 17 nays, Roll No. 13;
Pages H237–66, H275–76


Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act: H.R. 251, to extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 14;
Pages H266–70, H276–77


Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act: H.R. 227, to amend the Small Business Act to specify what credit is given for certain subcontractors and to provide a dispute process for non-payment to subcontractors; and
Pages H271–73


Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2019: H.R. 128, to clarify the primary functions and duties of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.
Pages H273–75


Recess: The House recessed at 5:32 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
Page H275


Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act of 2019: H.R. 226, to amend the Small Business Act to include best in class designations in the annual report on small business goals prepared by the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
Pages H270–71


Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H275–76, H276–77, and H277. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING; FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019; TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019; AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019; DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 116th Congress; and a hearing on H.R. 264, the ``Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019''; H.R. 267, the ``Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019''; H.R. 265, the ``Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019''; and H.R. 266, the ``Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019''. The Committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 116th Congress by voice vote. The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings was designated the Vice Chair of the Committee. The subcommittee ratios were adopted by voice vote. The Committee granted, by record vote of 9–4, a rule providing for consideration of H.R. 264, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 265, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 266, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019; and H.R. 267, the Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019; each under a closed rule. The rule provides one hour of debate on each bill equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their respective designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of each bill. The rule provides that each bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in each bill. The rule provides each bill one motion to recommit. The rule waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of January 15, 2019, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. Testimony was heard from Representatives Quigley, Graves of Georgia, Bishop of Georgia, Aderholt, McCollum, Calvert, Price of North Carolina, Diaz-Balart, and Newhouse.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JANUARY 9, 2019

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.

House

No hearings are scheduled.January 8, 2019* These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no accompanying report. A total of 256 written reports have been filed in the Senate, 647 reports have been filed in the House.

Interim Résumé of Congressional Activity

FIRST SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

The first table gives a comprehensive résumé of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.

The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

    DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY
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January 3, 2018 through January 3, 2019

SenateHouseTotal

Days in session

191174
. .

Time in session

1,015 hrs., 29657 hrs., 46
. .

Congressional Record:

Pages of proceedings

8,06510,612
. .

Extension of remarks

. .1,751
. .

Public bills enacted into law

73165
238

Private bills enacted into law

. .1
1

Bills in conference

11
. .

Measures passed, total

641816
1,457

Senate bills

145105
. .

House bills

224557
. .

Senate joint resolutions

72
. .

House joint resolutions

11
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

1410
. .

House concurrent resolutions

1518
. .

Simple resolutions

235123
. .

Measures reported, total

* 385* 610
995

Senate bills

25211
. .

House bills

114529
. .

Senate joint resolutions

1. .
. .

House joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

. .. .
. .

House concurrent resolutions

. .2
. .

Simple resolutions

1868
. .

Special reports

1433
. .

Conference reports

44
. .

Measures pending on calendar

405217
. .

Measures introduced, total

1,9673,259
5,226

Bills

1,5402,672
. .

Joint resolutions

1822
. .

Concurrent resolutions

2852
. .

Simple resolutions

381513
. .

Quorum calls

22
. .

Yea-and-nay votes

274326
. .

Recorded votes

. .172
. .

Bills vetoed

. .. .
. .

Vetoes overridden

. .. .
. .

    DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS

January 3, 2018 through January 3, 2019

Civilian nominations, totaling 710 (including 146 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

392

Unconfirmed

296

Withdrawn

22

Other Civilian nominations, totaling 2,025 (including 2 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

2,015

Unconfirmed

9

Withdrawn

1

Air Force nominations, totaling 6,274 (including 76 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

6,264

Unconfirmed

9

Withdrawn

1

Army nominations, totaling 7,283 (including 12 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

7,273

Unconfirmed

10

Navy nominations, totaling 4,463 (including 11 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

4,462

Unconfirmed

1

Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,347, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

1,345

Unconfirmed

2

Summary

Total nominations carried over from the First Session

247

Total nominations received this Session

21,855

Total confirmed

21,751

Total unconfirmed

327

Total withdrawn

24

Total returned to the White House

0
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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Wednesday, January 9

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1,

Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act.

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

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, January 9

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: To be announced.





Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E14

Banks, Jim, Ind., E15

Beyer, Donald S., Jr., Va., E15

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga, E16, E18

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E19

Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E14

Costa, Jim, Calif., E14

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E17, E20

Huffman, Jared, Calif., E15, E17

Omar, Ilhan, Minn., E22

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E17

Jones, Walter B., N.C., E19

Kuster, Ann M., N.H., E17

Langevin, James R., R.I., E14

Lesko, Debbie, Ariz., E15

Lewis, John, Ga., E16

Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E21

Lowenthal, Alan S., Calif., E13

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E16

Meng, Grace, N.Y., E13

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E20

Newhouse, Dan, Wash., E20

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E20

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E20, E21

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E13

Walorski, Jackie, Ind., E18

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E21

Wittman, Robert J., Va., E19

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