Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act and The Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 185, to reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, by a recorded vote of 250 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 28.
    • Rejected the Rice (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 27.
    • Agreed to: McKinley amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-2), ensures that the Agencies, when developing regulations, take into consideration and account for low-income populations. Furthermore, the Amendment provides that no particular class or race is excluded when it comes to looking at costs and benefits of the regulation (by a recorded vote of 254 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 23).
    • Rejected:
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-2), exempts from H.R. 185 all rules or guidance that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 247 noes, Roll No. 24);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-2), exempts all rules promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 25); and
      • Connolly amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-2), exempts any rule or guidance pertaining to public health or safety (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 26).
  • H. Res. 27, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 37), (H.R. 185), and (H.R. 240), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 21, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 20.
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: The House considered H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act: The House considered 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. Further proceedings were postponed.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Complete 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 no further 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)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 37 – Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick / Financial Services Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
    • Keystone XL Pipeline–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Markey/Baldwin Amendment No. 13 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline into the United States is used to reduce United States dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
      • Portman/Shaheen Amendment No. 3 (to Amendment No. 2), to promote energy efficiency.
      • Cantwell (for Franken) Amendment No. 17 (to Amendment No. 2), to require the use of iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in the United States in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and facilities.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that consideration of these pending amendments and the bill be for debate only during this week’s consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Friday, January 16, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
  • Transnational Drug Trafficking Act–Bill Referral: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. 32, to provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity, be discharged from the Committee on Finance and that it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Today:

  • The Senate will not be in session on Wednesday or Thursday to accommodate the caucus retreats. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, January 16, 2015.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.287 : To enhance the energy security of United States allies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (35)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.309 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for repealing the gas tax and establishing a carbon tax on highway fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 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.339 : To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and implement a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Science, Space, and Technology, 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.156 : A bill to protect consumers by prohibiting the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating as final certain energy-related rules that are estimated to cost more than $1,000,000,000 and will cause significant adverse effects to the economy.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.299 : To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.289 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide the option to receive Medicare Summary Notices electronically, to increase the flexibility and transparency of contracts with medicare administrative contractors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 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.290 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 3-day prior hospitalization requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility services in qualified skilled nursing facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.292 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for systematic data collection and analysis and epidemiological research regarding Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological diseases.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.157 : A bill to repeal the medical device tax and the employer and individual responsibility requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.158 : A bill to authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current group health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.297 : To end offshore tax abuses, to preserve our national defense and protect American families and businesses from devastating cuts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (25)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.305 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation of income of controlled foreign corporations attributable to imported property.
Sponsor: Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.149 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.155 : A bill 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: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.161 : A bill to ensure high-income earners pay a fair share of Federal taxes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.162 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation of income of controlled foreign corporations attributable to imported property.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.169 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow any deduction for punitive damages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.174 : A bill to end offshore tax abuses, to preserve our national defense and protect American families and businesses from devastating cuts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.301 : To amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 with respect to the identification of high priority corridors on the National Highway System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] (introduced 1/13/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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