Today’s Daily Update

The House and Senate are not in session today in order to hold retreats.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: The House passed H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 35. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, January 13.
    • Rejected the Israel motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 184 yeas to 244 nays, Roll No. 34.
    • Agreed to:
      • Aderholt amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-2) that prevents any funds from being used to carry out the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and four of the ”Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012; declares that no funds may be used to carry out any substantially similar policies to those defunded; declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect; and provides that no funds may be used to grant any Federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded (by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 29);
      • Blackburn amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-2) that provides that no funds may be used to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications (by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 209 noes, Roll No. 30);
      • DeSantis amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-2) that requires that DHS treat any alien convicted of any offense involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation, or child abuse or exploitation as within the categories of aliens subject to DHS’s highest civil immigration enforcement (by a recorded vote of 278 ayes to 149 noes, Roll No. 31);
      • Salmon amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-2) that expresses a sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally (by a recorded vote of 253 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 32); and
      • Schock amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-2) that expresses a sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the U.S. behind those who came here illegally (by a recorded vote of 260 ayes to 167 noes, Roll No. 33).
  • H. Res. 27, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 37), (H.R. 185), and (H.R. 240), was agreed to yesterday, January 13.
  • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act: The House passed 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 recorded vote of 271 ayes to 154 noes, Roll No. 37. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, January 13.

    • Rejected the Moulton motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 36.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, January 16, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate will not be in session on Wednesday or Thursday to accommodate the caucus retreats.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.348 : To provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on 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.351 : To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.352 : To rescind funds made available to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency if the Administrator fails to meet certain deadlines.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.347 : To amend the Credit Repair Organizations Act to exempt certain consumer reporting agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.381 : To repeal certain provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business, in the manner provided in the Banking Act of 1933, the so-called “Glass-Steagall Act”, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.370 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Rules; House Administration; House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, Appropriations, and 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.371 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to permit insurers to offer catastrophic coverage plans to anyone, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.380 : To amend title II of the Social Security Act to prohibit the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 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.

TAX

H.R.343 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a charitable deduction for the service of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical and rescue personnel.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.362 : To reduce the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers.
Sponsor: Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.389 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose increased rates of tax with respect to taxpayers with more than $1,000,000 taxable income, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.354 : To impose a civil penalty against a railroad carrier when a shift change of train employees causes a blockage of vehicular traffic at a grade crossing.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.365 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a notice and comment rulemaking before implementing certain policies relating to obstruction evaluation aeronautical studies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 1/14/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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