CR Passes House. 

Fails Senate.

FISA Cleared for White House

Nothing on DACA Yet

The Continuing Resolution intended to fund the government through January 24 was agreed to in the House with a 230-197 vote. The vote was on an amendment to a bill passed several months back continuing federal funding and was then extended again bring us to today. The bill passed the House with 6 Democrats supporting the bill and 11 Republicans opposing it.

The CR would fund the government through February 13th.

The bill continues to fund CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years

The resolution also suspends health-related taxes all from The Affordable Care Act;

the Excise tax on medical device manufacturers is ended until December 31, 2019’. The implementation of an excise tax on high-cost employer sponsored health insurance plans is delayed until December 31, 2021, and the annual fee on health insurance providers is suspended until December 31, 2019.

The bill does not contain any provisions regarding DACA, the Delayed Action on Child Arrivals, a presidential initiative begun by President Obama to give a path towards not being deported. The estimated 7 to 800,000 registered DACA recipients saw their program expire last year and could be deported in months if DACA is not revised.

January 20, 2018

Senators failed to agree to a motion to proceed to a final vote thereby killing the bill. The bill needed 60 votes to pass. The vote was 50-49. (links to vote by Senator is not ye available.)

McConnell has made a parliamentary move to extend the current funding for the government until February 8. Vote pending. Senate will meet at noon January 21st at noon.

FISA

Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)

Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the US government to gather meta data on phone calls made by foreign individuals in foreign countries who are terrorist or suspected to be terrorist or collude with them was agreed to by the House and Senate and sent to the White House for signature.

The bill struggled for support from those who held that while the Act allows the government to gather information on or listen into such a call that involves an American. Many were concerned that the information taken in about or through the American is stored and should require a warrant to be sorted through. The final bill did not provide for the warrant. Passed House and Senate.

DACA

DACA has become a sticking point for Democrats and some Republicans who favor extending US largess to the DACA individuals called Dreamers for seeking the American Dream. As such it has become a leverage point to get Democrats on board with other legislation. Trump has made it a condition that if DACA is codifies it must also provide funds for the wall on the southern border.

Housing Help

Rep. Sean P. Duffy (R-WI-7)

Rep. Sean P. Duffy (R-WI-7)

HR 4258 seeks to broaden the supportive services that the FSS can provide to a participant and it would allow tenants who currently reside in privately-owned properties with HUD project-based assistance to participate in the FSS program. Passed House.

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Abortion Restrictions

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7)

HR 4712 the criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, Scheduled not yet debated.

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$1.00 Coin

HR 770 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of American innovation and significant innovation and pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories, Passed House.

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Tariffs Set

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)

HR 4318 amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily certain rates of duty on products such as Frozen, boiled glutinous corn. other than sweet corn), Mustard Seed Oil, and Cocoa Powder. Scheduled but not yet debated.

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Closed End Companies

HR 4279 directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise any rules necessary to enable closed-end companies to use the securities offering and proxy rules that are available to other issuers of securities. Passed House

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Mortgage Disclosure

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

HR 2954 creates an exemption from certain records and disclosure requirements for depository institutions that have originated in each of the two preceding calendar years fewer than 500 closed-end mortgage loans, or fewer than 500 open-end lines of credit. Passed House.

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Africa Opportunity

Rep Ed Royce (R-CA-39)

Rep Ed Royce (R-CA-39)

HR 3445 directs the President to establish a website for the collection and dissemination of information regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Also under the bill “The Department of State is urged to promote the use by eligible sub-Saharan African countries of the benefits available under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Passed House.

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Park Designated

S 117 designates a mountain peak in the State of Montana as “Alex Diekmann Peak.’ After the renowned conservationist.

Alex Diekmann was a renowned conservationist who lived in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Diekmann dedicated his professional life to protecting the natural and scenic resources of the Northern Rockies.. Passed House.

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Public Land

DC Parks

Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)

Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)

H.R. 2897 authorizes the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia. Passed House.

Poarch Land

Rep Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Rep Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

H.R. 1532 would “reaffirm” and “ratify” the trust status of approximately 390 acres of land the Secretary of the Interior acquired in trust for benefit of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama and would prohibit any lawsuits related to the trust land. Passed House.

Nevada Land

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV-2)

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV-2)

HR 1107 would establish a process to sell or exchange up to 400,000 acres of federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Pershing County, Nevada, and also would designate 136,000 acres of other federal lands as wilderness. – cbo Passed House


Foreign Affairs

Cyber Diplomacy

Rep Ed Royce (R-CA-39)

Rep Ed Royce (R-CA-39)

H.R. 3776 would codify the role and responsibilities of an existing office within the Department of State that works to advance U.S. interests in cyberspace and coordinates U.S. efforts to promote open, reliable, and secure communications technology.Passed House.

Global Health

Rep Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)

Rep Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)

HR 1660 directs the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency. Passed House.

World Bank

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6)

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6)

H.R. 3326 would authorize the appropriation of $3.3 billion for the United States’ three year share of the eighteenth general replenishment of the resources of the International Development Association (part of the World Bank). – cbo Passed House.