Legislative Notices

October 31, 2019

H.R.2740 – Minibus Appropriations: LHHS-Defense-E&W

NOTEWORTHY Background: The federal government is currently operating under the terms of a continuing resolution that expires November 21. To date, none of the 12 annual appropriations bills has been enacted into law. Unless the House and Senate can complete action on all 12 spending bills for 2020 before the deadline, another continuing resolution will be necessary. Floor Situation: On October 17, Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740. This vote will occur after... Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

S.J.Res, Disapproval of Salt Workaround Rules

NOTEWORTHY Background: In exchange for lower marginal tax rates, the 2017 tax cut reduced the value of the state and local tax deduction for households that itemize. Some high tax jurisdictions responded to this change with workarounds that inappropriately enable taxpayers to re-characterize the payment of state and local taxes as charitable contributions. In June, the IRS issued new regulations designed to curb this behavior and preserve the policy intended by law. Floor Situation: On October... Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

H.R.3055 – Minibus Appropriations: CJS-AG-Interior-THUD

NOTEWORTHY Background: The federal government is currently operating under the terms of a continuing resolution that expires November 21. To date, none of the 12 annual appropriations bills has been enacted into law. Unless the House and Senate can complete action on all 12 spending bills for 2020 before the deadline, another continuing resolution will be necessary. Floor Situation: On October 17, Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3055. This vote is expected as... Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

H.R. 4378 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: The federal government’s new fiscal year begins October 1, but the House and Senate have not yet completed action on the 12 annual funding measures. Without full-year appropriations or a temporary continuing resolution in place by the deadline, the government will shut down. H.R.4378 is a short-term continuing resolution that would provide stop-gap funding for all federal agencies through November 21 and extend the authorization of certain health programs that would... Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

H.R. 3877 – The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Budget Control Act of 2011 established caps on discretionary spending, enforced by sequester, for the 10-year period 2012-2021. Those caps are further reduced every year by approximately $89 billion combined — a penalty imposed by the failure of a bicameral, bipartisan committee to find additional savings. Congress has acted multiple times to ease the spending reductions, but there is no agreement in place for 2020 or 2021. Without a legislative fix,... Continue Reading


July 15, 2019

Tax Treaties

NOTEWORTHY Background: During the Obama administration, Treasury officials negotiated three new bilateral income tax treaties and a series of amendments (or “protocols”) to four existing bilateral income tax treaties and one multilateral agreement. All seven bilateral treaties and protocols were previously passed by the Foreign Relations Committee during the 115th Congress, but the full Senate did not act. Ratification has been delayed over taxpayer privacy concerns.... Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

H.R. 3401 – Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Border

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June 25, 2019

S.1900 – Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Border

NOTEWORTHY Background: Due to an unprecedented surge of people crossing our southern border, the Department of Health and Human Services will run out of money to provide shelter and care for more than 13,000 unaccompanied children in the next few weeks. On May 1, President Trump requested $4.5 billion in emergency supplemental funding to provide humanitarian aid including shelter, food, and medical care to migrants. Floor Situation: The Senate Appropriations Committee adopted S.1900, the... Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Senate Armed Services Committee has filed S. 1790, the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee voted on May 23 to advance this bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 25-2.   Floor Situation: The Senate is expected to begin debate on the NDAA during the week of June 17. Executive Summary: The fiscal year 2020 NDAA authorizes $741.6 billion for defense spending within the jurisdiction of the Armed Services Committee: $674 billion for the... Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

H.R. 2157, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019

NOTEWORTHYBackground: This is the Senate’s third attempt to pass a disaster supplemental this year. During the partial government shutdown in January, dueling substitute amendments failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to end debate. A second effort, which extended emergency relief to the flood and tornado-damaged Midwest, was similarly defeated in April. The disaster debate broadened when, on May 1, President Trump submitted a request for $4.5 billion in emergency supplemental funding to... Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

S.151, Traced Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: Many Americans routinely receive illegal and unwanted robocalls, and they are routinely cited by the FTC and FCC as their number-one category of complaints, with millions filed annually. One outside group cited by the FTC and FCC estimated that 4.1 billion robocalls were made in May 2018 alone. Floor Situation: The Senate is expected to vote on passage of S. 151 today at 12:45 PM. Executive Summary: S. 151 strengthens enforcement against robocalls, requires the adoption... Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: The House passed H.R. 268 on January 16 during the partial government shutdown. After two failed cloture votes in the Senate on side-by-side substitute amendments – Shelby amendment 5 and Schumer amendment 6 – the Senate turned its attention to other matters.  Floor Situation: The Senate renewed consideration of H.R. 268 on March 26 when cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed by a vote of 90-10. The Senate adopted the motion to proceed by voice vote on March 28... Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

S. Res. 50: Consideration of Nominations in the Senate

NOTEWORTHY Background: In response to the unprecedented number of Democrat filibusters waged against presidential nominees, Senators Lankford and Blunt introduced S.Res. 50, a resolution to reduce post-cloture debate time for certain nominations. This concept is not new – a similar resolution was adopted by the Democrat-majority Senate in the 113th Congress. Floor Situation: S.Res. 50 was reported favorably (10-9) by the Rules Committee on February 13. The full Senate is expected to consider... Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: Seventy-five percent of fiscal year 2019 discretionary appropriations have been enacted. Agencies without full year appropriations, however, have been operating under a series of continuing resolutions: P.L. 115-245; P.L. 115-298; and P.L. 116-5. The inability to reach consensus on funding for the Department of Homeland Security before the statutory deadline led to a partial government shutdown lasting 35 days, from December 22, 2018, throughJanuary 25, 2019. On... Continue Reading


February 1, 2019

S. 47 – The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: During the 115th Congress, Senators Murkowski and Cantwell drafted legislation combining more than 100 bills relating to public lands, natural resources, water projects, and infrastructure. That package was negotiated with the chairman and ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. While it did not pass by the end of the 115th Congress, the final version of that package has now been reintroduced as S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. Floor... Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

S. 1 – Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East

NOTEWORTHY Background: In the 115th Congress, a number of bipartisan foreign policy measures were not enacted despite passing one or both Houses of Congress easily. Senators Rubio, Risch, McConnell, Gardner, and Blunt combined four of these bills into the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. Floor Situation: The Senate voted three times in the last three weeks on proceeding to S.1. However, the Senate did not meet the 60-vote threshold for cloture on the... Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: Seventy-five percent of fiscal year 2019 discretionary appropriations have been enacted. A partial shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, has affected departments and agencies funded by the other 25 percent. On January 19, 2019, President Trump announced this proposal to reopen the government and provide for border security. The Senate Appropriations Committee released the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act on January 21.    Floor Situation: H.R.... Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

S.756, Legislative Vehicle for First Step Act of 2018

Noteworthy Background: The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan recidivism reduction bill, the FIRST STEP Act, H.R.5682, on May 23, 2018, by a 360-59 vote. That bill did not have a sentencing reform component. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate on May 7, 2018, by Senator Cornyn. A separate bipartisan bill, the First Step Act, S.3649, was introduced in the Senate on November 15. It includes an amended version of the recidivism reduction aspect of the bill, as well as a... Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

S.J. Res. 63 – Disapproval of Donor Disclosure Rule

NOTEWORTHY Background: Senator Tester introduced S.J. Res.64, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of 1996. If enacted, the resolution would nullify Treasury Department guidance that limits the donor information that tax-exempt and certain non-exempt organizations must give to the Internal Revenue Service on their tax returns. It has 35 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Floor Situation: The Senate may consider S.J. Res. 64 soon. A vote on the motion to proceed has a... Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Substitute Amendment to S.140)

NOTEWORTHY Background: On April 18, a cloture motion on amendment number 2232, a substitute amendment to S. 140 (Coast Guard Reauthorization) failed by a vote of 56-42. That substitute amendment contained provisions from the House-passed Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act, H.R. 2825. It also included the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which relates to the regulation of ballast water discharges and other incidental discharges from vessels. This substitute amendment has a revised... Continue Reading


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