Today’s Daily Update

The House approved an extension of TRIA but failed to approve the Dodd-Frank Act technical corrections bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015: H.R. 26, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 5 nays with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 8;
    • Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015: H.R. 35, to increase the understanding of the health effects of low doses of ionizing radiation;
    • National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015: H.R. 23, to reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 39 nays, Roll No. 10; and
    • Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015: H.R. 34, to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Suspension–Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act: 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, and to reduce regulatory burdens, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 276 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 9.
  • Joint Economic Committee–Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member of the House to the Joint Economic Committee: Representative Brady (TX).

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 30 – Save American Workers Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate adopted the following measures:
    • S.Res.21: Majority Party Committee Assignments
    • S.Res.22: Minority Party Committee Assignments

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Pryor to adjourning, Senator McConnell announced that the Energy Committee is scheduled to mark up the Keystone bill. He hopes to consider that bill next week. In addition, the Senate could consider the TRIA bill as early as tomorrow, Thursday, January 8. Roll call votes are possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Keystone XL Pipeline Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

S.59: A bill to reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that is more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.66: A bill to prohibit any regulation regarding carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the United States until China, India, and Russia implement similar reductions.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.82: A bill to suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.88: A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to clarify the definition of accidental release, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.110: A bill to rescind funds made available to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency if the Administrator fails to meet certain deadlines.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.112: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require the Secretary of the Interior to publish and make available for public comment a draft economic analysis at the time a proposed rule to designate critical habitat is published.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.52: A bill to close the loophole that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to obtain credit cards from United States banks that financed their terrorist activities, to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot obtain credit cards to evade United States immigration laws, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.67: A bill to amend the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 to confirm that a customer’s net equity claim is based on the customer’s last statement and that certain recoveries are prohibited, to change how trustees are appointed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.79: A bill to impose a fine with respect to international remittance transfers if the sender is unable to verify legal status in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.89: A bill to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.92: A bill to reaffirm the importance of community banking and community banking regulatory experience on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to ensure that the Federal Reserve Board of Governors has a member who has previous experience in community banking or community banking supervision, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.94: A bill to prohibit the provision of Federal funds to State and local governments for payment of obligations, to prohibit the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from financially assisting State and local governments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.96: A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to provide consumers with a free annual disclosure of information the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection maintains on them, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.107: A bill to amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to repeal certain designation authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, to repeal the Payment, Clearing, and Settlement Supervision Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.115: A bill to increase oversight of small business assistance programs provided by the Small Business Administration.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT

H.R.183: To provide for the periodic review of the efficiency and public need for Federal agencies, to establish a commission for the purpose of reviewing the efficiency and public need of such agencies, and to provide for the abolishment of agencies for which a public need does not exist.
Sponsor: Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R.185: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

S.38: A bill to ensure that long-term unemployed individuals are not taken into account for purposes of the employer health care coverage mandate.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.42: A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address certain inconsistencies between the self-attested information provided by an applicant in enrolling in a health plan on an Exchange and being determined eligible for premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions or in being determined to be eligible for enrollment in a State Medicaid plan or a State child health plan under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the data received through the Federal Data Services Hub or from other data sources.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.50: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.51: A bill to amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.57: A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to prevent the illegal trafficking of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits by requiring all program beneficiaries to show valid photo identification when purchasing items with program benefits.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.64: A bill to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to implement a drug testing program for applicants for and recipients of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.77: A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.84: A bill to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.97: A bill to clarify that the anti-kickback laws apply to qualified health plans, the federally-facilitated marketplaces, and other plans and programs under title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.118: A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address certain inconsistencies between the self-at-tested information provided by an applicant in enrolling a health plan on an Exchange and being determined eligible for premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions or in being determined to be eligible for enrollment in a State Medicaid plan or a State child health plan under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the data received through the Federal Data Services Hub or from other data sources.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.191 : To repeal executive immigration overreach, to clarify that the proper constitutional authority for immigration policy belongs to the legislative branch, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security; House Foreign Affairs; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, 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.

S.44 : A bill to provide for the expedited processing of unaccompanied alien children illegally entering the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.45 : A bill 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: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.47 : A bill to prohibit the implementation of any program that grants temporary legal status to, or adjusts the status of, any individual who is unlawfully present in the United States until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the US-VISIT system has been fully implemented at every land, sea, and air port of entry.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.49 : A bill to include a question to ascertain United States citizenship and immigration status in each questionnaire used for a decennial census of population, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.60 : A bill to prohibit aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States from being eligible for postsecondary education benefits that are not available to all citizens and nationals of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.68 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make voting in a Federal election by an unlawfully present alien an aggravated felony and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.80 : A bill to prohibit appropriated funds from being used in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.186 : To repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.192 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny the refundable portion of the child tax credit to individuals who are not authorized to be employed in the United States and to terminate the use of certifying acceptance agents to facilitate the application process for ITINs.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.43 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a Federal income tax credit for certain stem cell research expenditures.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.53 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify eligibility for the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.74 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for dependent care savings accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.75 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the social security number of the student and the employer identification number of the educational institution for purposes of education tax credits.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.116 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on telephone and other communications services.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.198 : To amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, to establish national policies and programs to strengthen freight-related infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.199 : To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure credit assistance pilot program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.200 : To amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, with respect to congestion mitigation and metropolitan transportation planning, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 1/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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