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HOUSE MEETS AT: FIRST VOTE PREDICTED: LAST VOTE PREDICTED:
10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
H.Res. 658 – Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 1638 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act (Rep. Poliquin – Financial Services) and H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act (Rep. Rogers (TX) – Financial Services) (One hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended one Rule which would provide for consideration of two bills.

For H.R.1638, the Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services.  The Rule provides for consideration of 2 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

For H.R. 4324, the Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services.  The Rule provides for consideration of 1 amendment, debatable for 10 minutes, equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.Res. 657 – Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 2396 – Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act (Rep. Trott – Financial Services) and H.R. 4015 – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act (Rep. Duffy – Financial Services) (One hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended one Rule which would provide for consideration of two bills.

For H.R. 2396, the Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services.  The Rule provides for consideration of 1 amendment, debatable for 10 minutes, equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

For H.R. 4015, the Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Financial Services. The Rule allows one motion to recommit and waives all points of order against the legislation.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.R. 1638 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act (Rep. Poliquin – Financial Services) (One hour of debate).  This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to compile and submit a report detailing the known assets held by senior Iranian political and military leaders, along with descriptions of how they acquired the assets and how they were used.  This information would need to be submitted to Congress, be updated at least annually for the next two years, and be submitted in unclassified form (with a classified annex if necessary). It also requires that the unclassified portion of the report be made available to the public by posting on the Treasury Department's website. 

In September of 2016, the House considered identical legislation.  That vote can be found here

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 2 amendments, debatable for 10 minutes each, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The amendments are:
 
Schneider Amendment. Amends the reporting requirement on recommendations for how U.S. economic sanctions against Iran may be revised to prevent funds or assets from being used to contribute to the continued development of Iran’s ballistic missile program to also include human rights abuses.
Meng Amendment. Requires the report created by this bill to include “an assessment of the impact and effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions programs against Iran”.

Bill Text for H.R. 1638:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1638:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
 
Begin Consideration of H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act (Rep. Rogers (TX) – Financial Services) (One hour of debate).  This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to certify that: (1) any financial transaction involving the sale of commercial aircrafts to Iran would not impose a significant money laundering or terrorism financing risk, or (2) the transaction will not benefit an Iranian person engaged in transporting weapons of mass destruction or providing support for terrorism. 

Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the United States is broadly committed to “allow for the sale of commercial passenger aircraft and related parts and services to Iran.”  This involves not just licensing the sale of aircrafts and related parts and services to Iran, but also those activities necessary to facilitate such sales, include the financing for such sales.  H.R. 4324 adds conditions to aircraft financing.  

The Rule makes in order 1 amendment, debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The amendment is:

Gaetz Amendment. Includes, in the report already required in the underlying text, certification that the transaction will not benefit an Iranian person that has knowingly transported items used to establish in Syria a permanent military presence of either Iranian military forces or Iranian backed militia.
 
**Members are advised that the House is expected to debate H.R. 4324 after last votes today.  Votes on the amendment, motion to recommit, and final passage will occur on Thursday.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 4324:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4324:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
 
Postponed Suspensions (2 bills)
  1. H.R. 2815 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Sergeant John Basilone Post Office" (Rep. Lance – Oversight and Government Reform)
  2. H.R. 4042 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the "Borinqueneers Post Office Building" (Rep. Soto – Oversight and Government Reform)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, December 14: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.  The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 2396 – Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act (Rep. Trott – Financial Services).  The House is also expected to complete consideration of H.R. 4324 – Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act (Rep. Rogers (TX) – Financial Services). 
 
 
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