Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure:
    • Condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris: H. Res. 37, 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.

Today:

  •  On Wednesday, 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: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 161 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
    • Condemning The Terrorist Attacks In Paris: Senate agreed to S. Res. 29, condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the families of the victims, expressing solidarity with the people of France, and reaffirming fundamental freedom of expression.
    • National School Choice Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 30, designating the week of January 25 through January 31, 2015, as ”National School Choice Week”.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Keystone XL Pipeline–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 94 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 6), Portman/Shaheen Modified Amendment No. 3 (to Amendment No. 2), to promote energy efficiency.
    • Rejected:
      • 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. (By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 4), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • 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. (By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 5), Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Pending:
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Fischer Amendment No. 18 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land.
      • Schatz Amendment No. 58 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change.
      • Murkowski (for Lee) Amendment No. 33 (to Amendment No. 2), to conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species
      • Durbin Amendment No. 69 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that the storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated in a manner that ensures the protection of public and ecological health.
      • Murkowski (for Toomey) Amendment No. 41 (to Amendment No. 2), to continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods, generating affordable energy, and creating jobs.
      • Whitehouse Amendment No. 29 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Today:

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    • The following amendments are pending to S.1:
      • Murkowski #2 (substitute)
      • Fischer #18 (limits on the designation of newly protected Federal protected lands)
      • Schatz #58 (climate change)
      • Lee #33 (endangered Species Act)
      • Durbin #69 (petroleum-Coke)
      • Toomey #41 (standards for coal refuse power plants)
      • Whitehouse #29 (climate change)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Brookings Institute
Remarks by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew

House Transportation & Infrastructure
FAA Regulatory Certification Process

House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
“Protecting the Internet and Consumers Through Congressional Action”

FDIC Board Meeting
“Regulatory Capital Rules, Liquidity Coverage Ratio, Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Qualifying Master Netting Agreement and Related Definitions.”

House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Health
Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

AEI Discussion
The FCC in 2015: A conversation with Commissioner Mike O’Rielly

House Financial Services
Oversight Plan for the 114th Congress

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Protecting the Internet and Consumers Through Congressional Action.”

FSOC Open Meeting

21st Century Policing Task Force Teleconference
Building Trust & Legitimacy

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.414 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal certain additional disclosure requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.418 : To amend the securities laws to require that registration statements, quarterly and annual reports, and proxy solicitations of public companies include a disclosure to shareholders of any expenditure made by that company in support of or in opposition to any candidate for Federal, State, or local public office.
Sponsor: Rep Meng, Grace [NY-6] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.406 : To amend section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide incentives for the development of new combination drugs.
Sponsor: Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.420 : To establish a certification process for opting out of the individual health insurance mandate.
Sponsor: Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TAX

H.R.415 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.
Sponsor: Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-9] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.198 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.413 : To establish the American Infrastructure Fund, to provide bond guarantees and make loans to States, local governments, and infrastructure providers for investments in certain infrastructure projects, and to provide equity investments in such projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] (introduced 1/20/2015) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

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