Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continues consideration of amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 161, to provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects, by a yea-and-nay vote of 253 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 41.
  • Rejected the Pallone motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 182 yeas to 241 nays, Roll No. 40.
  • H. Res. 38, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 161) and (H.R. 36), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 39, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 38.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Keystone XL Pipeline–Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 10), 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 that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed to.)
    • Rejected:
      • By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 7), Murkowski (for Lee) Amendment No. 33 (to Amendment No. 2), to conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 41 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 8), 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. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 9), 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. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 59 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 11), Hoeven Modified Amendment No. 87 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 12), Schatz Amendment No. 58 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
    • 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.
      • Sanders Amendment No. 24 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change.
      • Vitter/Cassidy Modified Amendment No. 80 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf.
      • Menendez/Cantwell Amendment No. 72 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure private property cannot be seized through condemnation or eminent domain for the private gain of a foreign-owned business entity.
      • Wyden Amendment No. 27 (to Amendment No. 2), 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.
      • Lee Amendment No. 71 (to Amendment No. 2), to require a procedure for issuing permits to drill.
      • Murkowski (for Blunt/Inhofe) Amendment No. 78 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of the Senate regarding the conditions for the President entering into bilateral or other international agreements regarding greenhouse gas emissions without proper study of any adverse economic effects, including job losses and harm to the industrial sector, and without the approval of the Senate.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, January 22, 2015.
  • 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 Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell announced that senators should expect roll call votes in relation to amendments throughout the day on Thursday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
Jobs and a Healthy Economy

Senate HELP
“Examining Job-Based Health Insurance and Defining Full-Time Work.”

Senate Homeland Security
Organizational Meeting

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

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.428 : To provide for the expedited approval by the Secretary of Energy of liquefied natural gas exports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.434 : To repeal certain amendments to the Clean Air Act relating to the expansion of the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.432 : To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to prevent duplicative regulation of advisers of small business investment companies.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.446 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.449 : To amend title 11 of the United States Code to make student loans dischargeable.
Sponsor: Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.440 : To ensure that long-term unemployed individuals are not taken into account for purposes of the employer health care coverage mandate.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.441 : To provide for a technical change to the Medicare long-term care hospital moratorium exception.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 1/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.