Today’s Daily Update

The Senate Approved the TRIA Reauthorization. Today the House will begin consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Save American Workers Act of 2015: The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 252 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 14.
    • Rejected the Becerra motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, with a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 244 nays, Roll No. 13.
  • H. Res. 19, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3) and (H.R. 30), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 12, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 11.
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence–Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Representative Schiff.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Reading of the Constitution of the United States by Members of the House of Representatives (The reading will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 3 – Keystone XL Pipeline Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: By 93 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 2), Senate passed H.R. 26, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, by the order of the Senate of Thursday, January 8, 2015, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Rejected: By 31 yeas to 66 nays (Vote No. 1), Warren/Schumer Amendment No. 1, in the nature of a substitute. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
  • Majority Party Appointments: Senate agreed to S. Res. 23, making majority party appointments for the 114th Congress.
  • Keystone XL Pipeline–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, January 8, 2015, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, January 9, 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.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.211 : To amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to authorize assignment to States of Federal agency environmental review responsibilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-42] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.222 : To prohibit the Export-Import Bank of the United States from providing financial support for certain high carbon intensity energy projects.
Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.128 : A bill to promote energy efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.207 : To amend the Small Business Act to provide for improvements to small business development centers.
Sponsor: Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-7] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

HEALTH

H.R.209 : To permanently allow an exclusion under the Supplemental Security Income program and the Medicaid program for compensation provided to individuals who participate in clinical trials for rare diseases or conditions.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.210 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.217 : 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: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (81)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.221 : To prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.121 : A bill to establish a certification process for opting out of the individual health insurance mandate.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.122 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the personal importation of safe and affordable drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.123 : A bill to prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.131 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that valid generic drugs may enter the market.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.139 : A bill to permanently allow an exclusion under the Supplemental Security Income program and the Medicaid program for compensation provided to individuals who participate in clinical trials for rare diseases or conditions.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.141 : A bill to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.205 : To prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from granting a work authorization to an alien found to have been unlawfully present in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.213 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.227 : To prohibit the use of funds for certain immigration-related policies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.129 : A bill 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: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.214 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.232 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a reduced rate of excise tax on beer produced domestically by certain qualifying producers.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.126 : A bill to provide a permanent deduction for State and local general sales taxes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.137 : A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to regulate tax return preparers.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 1/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.