Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of the Regulatory Accountability Act, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
    • H. Res. 27, providing for consideration of the bill (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; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 185) to reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 240) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 114-2).
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: H.R. 203, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to require a pilot program on loan repayment for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 17; and
    • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: H.R. 33, 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 18.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 185 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. David McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 240 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for two hours of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Aderholt / Mulvaney / Barletta Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Marsha Blackburn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. DeSantis / Roby Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Salmon / Thompson (PA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Aaron Schock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 37 – Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick / Financial Services Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
    • Keystone XL Pipeline–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 63 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 3), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, until 12:30 p.m., with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees; and notwithstanding the provisions of rule XX, all time during morning business, the recess and adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to S.1 until 12:30 with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 – 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meeting. All time during morning business, recess, and adjournment will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Listening Session: Building Trust & Legitimacy

House Ways and Means Committee
U.S. Economic Activity

Brookings Institute
A Conversation with Richard Cordray, Director of CFPB

House Energy & Commerce
Organizational Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

S.147 : An original bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Reports: 114-1
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 2.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.273 : To amend the Small Business Act to enhance services to small business concerns that are disadvantaged, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

HEALTH

H.R.270 : To continue the use of a 3-month quarter EHR reporting period for health care providers to demonstrate meaningful use for 2015 under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 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.

H.R.284 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive acquisition program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (27)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 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.

S.148 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive acquisition program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.278 : TIGER CUBS Act
Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 1/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, 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.