Today’s Daily Update

The Senate reached an agreement to vote on S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline on Tuesday, November 18th.




  • The House passed five bills by voice vote, including a measure to create a procedure for former presidents to request continued restricted access to materials from their administration; and a bill to reauthorize the EPA’s National Estuary Program.


  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
    • First and last votes expected: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 5682, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, under a closed rule.





  • The Senate reached an agreement to vote next Tuesday on a measure that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.


  • The Senate will reconvene at 2:15 p.m.
    • The parties will meet separately in the morning to elect their leaders for the 114th Congress
  • The Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to accompany the “Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014” (S.1086).


Hearings Covered by W&J Today


House Financial Services Committee
“Terrorist Financing and the Islamic State”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Combating Ebola in West Africa: The International Response”

Field Hearing on Prepaid Accounts

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Housing and Transportation Nominations


Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday



H.R.5682: To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 11/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2014 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 748 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5682 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.


S.2917: A bill to expand the program of priority review to encourage treatments for tropical diseases.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 11/12/2014) Cosponsors (25)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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