Today’s Daily Update

Representative John Boehner was reelected as Speaker of the House. The House will begin consideration under suspension of the rules a series of bills including TRIA Reauthorization and a financial services bill package.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • New members of the House were sworn in. Representative John Boehner (R-OH) was reelected as Speaker of the House.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, 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: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

    • 1) H.R. ___ – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. ___ – Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick / Financial Services Committee)
    • 3) H.R. ___ – Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 4) H.R. ___ – National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 5) H.R. ___ – Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah was elected President of the Senate pro tempore
  • Senator Leahy was elected President pro tempore emeritus
  • Julie Adams was elected Secretary of the Senate
  • Frank Larkin was elected Sergeant at Arms of the Senate
  • Laura Dove was elected Secretary for the Majority
  • Gary Myrick was elected Secretary for the Minority
  • Patricia Bryan was appointed to be Legal Counsel for the Senate
  • Morgan Frankel was appointed to be Deputy Legal Counsel for the Congress
  • Committee assignments were approved
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (McConnell)

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.19 until 9:30am on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings coverage scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

APPROPRIATIONS

H.R.39 : To make 1 percent across-the-board rescissions in non-defense, non-homeland-security, and non-veterans-affairs discretionary spending for each of the fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

H.R.49 : To make 2 percent across-the-board rescissions in non-defense, non-homeland-security, and non-veterans-affairs discretionary spending for each of the fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

ENERGY

H.R.3 : To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Sponsor: Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, 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.21 : To provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.28 : To approve the Keystone XL pipeline project permit.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, 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.89 : To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to World Trade Organization countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.156 : To repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, and Rules, 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.161 : To provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.24 : To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (63)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government.

H.R.26 : To extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.37 : To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.95 : To amend chapter 9 of title 11 of the United States Code to improve protections for employees and retirees in municipal bankruptcies.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.113 : To improve the accountability and transparency of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.116 : To permit small business concerns operating in the United States to elect to be exempt from certain Federal rules and regulations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.141 : To ensure fairness in premium rates for coverage for business properties and second homes under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David W. [FL-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.163 : To require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to collect, publish, and keep current an objective index of dollar-denominated loan interest rates of various maturities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.171 : To repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Budget; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, the Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, Ways and Means, and Small Business, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.42 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals reimbursed under the Medicare system to establish and implement security procedures to reduce the likelihood of infant patient abduction and baby switching, including procedures for identifying all infant patients in the hospital in a manner that ensures that it will be evident if infants are missing from the hospital.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, 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.45 : To provide for research and education with respect to triple-negative breast cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.99 : To prohibit anticompetitive activities and to provide that health insurance issuers and medical malpractice insurance issuers are subject to the antitrust laws of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.105 : To ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by clarifying the application of the antitrust laws to negotiations between groups of health care professionals and health plans and health care insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.111 : To protect the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from the public debt limit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.117 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.132 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, 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.138 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and to amend title 5, United States Code, to establish a national health program administered by the Office of Personnel Management to offer Federal employee health benefits plans to individuals who are not Federal employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Administration
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, Rules, Appropriations, and House Administration, 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.143 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the individual health insurance mandate.
Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David W. [FL-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.170 : To extend the nonenforcement instruction for the Medicare direct supervision requirement for therapeutic hospital outpatient services insofar as it applies to critical access hospitals and rural hospitals, to require a study of the impact on critical access hospitals and rural hospitals of a failure to extend such instruction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.29 : To prohibit the use of funds for granting deferred action or other immigration relief to aliens not lawfully present in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.31 : To prohibit the use of funds to implement the immigration policies set forth in the memoranda issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security on November 20, 2014, or the memoranda issued by the President on November 21, 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roby, Martha [AL-2] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, 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.32 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to expand the definition of an unauthorized alien to include aliens who have not been admitted to and are not lawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.38 : To prohibit the executive branch from exempting from removal categories of aliens considered under the immigration laws to be unlawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.52 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to comprehensively reform immigration law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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.140 : To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.25 : To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States.
Sponsor: Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (57)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.27 : To terminate the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Sponsor: Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.30 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.
Sponsor: Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (147)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.76 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit to encourage private employers to hire veterans, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the reasonable efforts an employer may make under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act with respect to hiring veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ 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.133 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for waivers of user fees imposed with respect to applications for reinstatement of tax-exempt status of small, subsidiary tax-exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.144 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a maximum rate of Federal, State, and local tax imposed on taxpayers.
Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David W. [FL-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.160 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (248)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.173 : To repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.80 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish an Ombudsman Office within the Transportation Security Administration for the purpose of enhancing transportation security by providing confidential, informal, and neutral assistance to address work-place related problems of Transportation Security Administration employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.