Today’s Daily Update

The President will give the State of the Union address tonight. The Senate will resume consideration of S. 1 to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5:30 p.m. to allow a security sweep of the House Chamber prior to the President’s State of the Union address. The House will meet again at approximately 8:35 p.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a joint session with the Senate, the President of the United States. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:25 p.m. No votes are expected.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H. Res. ___ – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of seventeen innocent persons and offering condolences to those personally affected by this cowardly act (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for one hour, with Democrats controlling the first half and Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to all for the weekly caucus meetings. Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell announced that senators should expect votes on pending amendments to S.1 starting shortly after the lunches.
  • On Tuesday, January 20, at 9:00pm, the President will deliver the State of the Union address. Senators will gather in the Senate Chamber at 8:30pm and proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives at 8:40pm.
  • The following amendments are pending to S.1:
    • Murkowski #2 (substitute)
    • Markey #13 (Keep Oil in America)
    • Portman-Shaheen #3 (Energy Efficiency)
    • Franken #17 (Keep Jobs in America)

 

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Making Markets Fair and Effective for All

National Journal Townhall
“The Next America: Population 2043”

How to Manage the Requirements Raised by the SEC’s OCIE Cybersecurity Exam Checklist

President Obama State of the Union Speech

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Friday, January 16, 2015

 

ENERGY

S.188 : A bill 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.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.181 : A bill to jump-start economic recovery through the formation and growth of new businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

HEALTH

H.R.398 : To provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of a severe form of trafficking and respond to such individuals appropriately, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.183 : A bill to repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.185 : A bill to create a limited population pathway for approval of certain antibacterial drugs.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.180 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an above-the-line deduction for child care expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.186 : A bill to improve transparency and efficiency with respect to audits and communications between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.187 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 1/16/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.