Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to vote on the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014: S. 1691, to amend title 5, United States Code, to improve the security of the United States border and to provide for reforms and rates of pay for border patrol agents;
    • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4681, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 325 yeas to 100 nays, Roll No. 558;
    • Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2719, to require the Transportation Security Administration to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 559;
    • Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1204, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 560;
    • DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act of 2014: S. 2651, to repeal certain mandates of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General;
    • United States Cotton Futures Act: H.R. 5810, to amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to exclude certain cotton futures contracts from coverage under such Act;
    • Naval Vessel Transfer Act: S. 1683, to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients;
    • Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014: S. 2142, to impose targeted sanctions on persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela and to strengthen civil society in Venezuela; and
    • Feed the Future Global Food Security Act of 2014: H.R. 5656, amended, to authorize the Feed the Future Initiative to reduce global poverty and hunger in developing countries on a sustainable basis.
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014: The House passed S. 2244, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, by a yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 557.
  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, December 9th:
    • Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2014: S. 1000, to require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to prepare a crosscut budget for restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 555.
  • The House took the following actions:
    • Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table H.R. 1281, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, and concur in the Senate amendment.
    • Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass S. 2521, to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to provide for reform to Federal information security.
    • Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass S. 2444, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2015 through 2016.
    • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Authorization: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 5816, to extend the authorization for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
    • Denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and agree to the amendments of the Senate to H. Con. Res. 107, denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
    • Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 2270, to clarify the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Supporting America’s Charities Act: H.R. 5806, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent certain expiring provisions related to charitable contributions.
  • The Chair announced the Speaker’s reappointment of the following individual on the part of the House to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics for a term of four years: Dr. Vickie M. Mays, Los Angeles, California.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • H.R. 5742- Soledad Canyon Settlement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon / Natural Resources Committee)
    • Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2952 – Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan / Homeland Security Committee)
    • Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4007 – Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan / Homeland Security Committee)
    • S. 2519 – National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper / Homeland Security Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • H.R. 5806 – Supporting America’s Charities Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee / Budget Committee)
    • H.R 5699 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. George Miller / Natural Resources Committee)
    • Concur in the Senate Amendment with a House Amendment to H.R. 83 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour and Twenty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee / Education and the Workforce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following legislation by unanimous consent:
    • H.R. 1447 (Rep. Scott): To encourage States to report to the Attorney General certain information regarding the deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes .Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • H.R. 3374 (Rep. Kilmer): To provide for the use of savings promotion raffle products by financial institutions to encourage savings, and for other purposes. Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • H.R. 4193 (Rep. Issa): To amend title 5, United States Code, to change the default investment fund under the Thrift Savings Plan, and for other purposes. Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • H.R. 4926 (Rep. Nolan): To designate a segment of Interstate Route 35 in the State of Minnesota as the “James L. Oberstar Memorial Highway” . Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • H.R. 5705 (Rep. Latta): To modify certain provisions relating to the Propane Education and Research Council. Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • S. 2444 (Sen. Begich): To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes. Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent.
    • S. 2614 (Sen. Inhofe): To amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • S. 2822 (Sen. Toomey): To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the burial of unclaimed remains of veterans in national cemeteries, and for other purposes. Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    • S.Res. 598 (Sen. Donnelly): A resolution expressing condolences to the family of Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig and condemning the terrorist acts of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
  • The Senate passed the following by voice vote:
    • H.R. 2952 (Rep. Meehan): To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to assess the cybersecurity workforce of the Department of Homeland Security and develop a comprehensive workforce strategy, and for other purposes .Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Voice Vote
    • H.R. 4007 (Rep. Meehan): To recodify and reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program. Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.
    • S. 2519 (Sen. Carper): To codify an existing operations center for cybersecurity. Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.
  • The following bill was considered by the Senate:
    • H.R. 3979 (Rep. Barletta): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Considered by Senate.

Today:

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to accompany H.R.3979, Defense Authorization. At 10:30am, the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to concur.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.5825 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent foreign diplomats from being eligible to receive health insurance premium tax credits and health insurance cost-sharing reductions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 12/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.5840 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to eligible entities to train elementary and secondary school nurses on how to respond to a biological or chemical attack or an outbreak of pandemic influenza in a school building or on school grounds.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 12/10/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5841 : To establish a grant program to provide States with funds to detect fraud, waste, and abuse in the State Medicaid programs under title XIX of the Social Security Act and to recover improper payments resulting from such fraud, waste, and abuse.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 12/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

ENERGY

H.R.5844 : To ban hydraulic fracturing on land owned by the United States and leased to a third party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 12/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

TAX

H.R.1 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for comprehensive tax reform.
Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] (introduced 12/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.