Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continued deliberation on the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation; both Houses out of session.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 7, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 45.
  • Rejected the Moore 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 yea-and-nay vote of 177 yeas to 240 nays, Roll No. 44.
  • H. Res. 42, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 43, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 42.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

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 75 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 18), Murkowski Amendment No. 123 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of the Senate that all forms of unrefined and unprocessed petroleum should be subject to the nominal per-barrel excise tax associated with the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes,
      • By 64 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 21), Murkowski (for Cornyn) Modified Amendment No. 126 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure private property is protected as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
    • Rejected:
      • By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 13), Boxer Amendment No. 113 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding federally protected land. (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. 14), Fischer Modified Amendment No. 18 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • Cantwell (for Manchin) Amendment No. 99 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 15), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • Sanders Amendment No. 24 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 16), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 17), Lee Amendment No. 71 (to Amendment No. 2), to require a procedure for issuing permits to drill. (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 47 nays (Vote No. 19), 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. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 51 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 20), Murkowski (for Blunt/Inhofe) Modified 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 that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 43 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 22), Menendez/Cantwell Modified 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.
      • Markey Amendment No. 25 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum. (By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 24), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • Carper Amendment No. 121 (to Amendment No. 2), to impose a fee of 8 cents per barrel on oil transported through the pipeline. (By 57 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 25), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • Whitehouse Amendment No. 28 (to Amendment No. 2), to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development. (By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 26), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • Leahy Amendment No. 30 (to Amendment No. 2), to strike a provision relating to judicial review. (By 53 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 27), Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • Reed Amendment No. 74 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of the Senate that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program should be funded at not less than $4,700,000,000 annually. (By 49 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 28), Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Pending:
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2, in the nature of a substitute.
      • 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.
      • Murkowski (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 67 (to Amendment No. 2), to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel.
      • Cardin Amendment No. 75 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline.
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 98 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress relating to adaptation projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities.
      • Flake Amendment No. 103 (to Amendment No. 2), to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs.
      • Cruz Amendment No. 15 (to Amendment No. 2), to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports.
      • Moran/Cruz Amendment No. 73 (to Amendment No. 2), to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
      • Daines Amendment No. 132 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the Murkowski Amendment No. 2 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Monday, January 26, 2015.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Murkowski Amendment No. 2 (listed above).
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4:30 p.m., on Monday, January 26, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill, and that notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, the filing deadline for first-degree amendments be at 3:00 p.m. and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments be at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.480 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for employer-provided employee housing assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-7] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 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.

HEALTH

H.R.471 : To improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.478 : To prohibit the marketing of electronic cigarettes to children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (32)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.489 : To require States to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.492 : To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.
Sponsor: Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.494 : To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.
Sponsor: Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.512 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the development and use of DISARM antimicrobial drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 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.519 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the individual and employer health insurance mandates.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.520 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TAX

H.R.481 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit for hiring the long-term unemployed.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.506 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand personal saving and retirement savings coverage by enabling employees not covered by qualifying retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRA arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.509 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.518 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain emergency medical devices from the excise tax on medical devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.245 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand personal saving and retirement savings coverage by enabling employees not covered by qualifying retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRA arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.486 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to ensure that on-duty time does not include waiting time at a natural gas or oil well site for certain commercial motor vehicle operators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mullin, Markwayne [OK-2] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation.

H.R.505 : To establish a Hazardous Materials Information Advisory Committee to develop standards for the use of electronic shipping papers for the transportation of hazardous materials, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 1/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation.

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