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 pass the following measures:
    • Human Trafficking Prioritization Act: H.R. 514, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking within the Department of State according to congressional intent in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 without increasing the size of the Federal Government;
    • International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking: H.R. 515, to protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, and requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child-sex offender is seeking to enter the United States;
    • Human Trafficking Prevention Act: H.R. 357, to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons; and
    • Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 468, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to increase knowledge concerning, and improve services for, runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 469, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking; and
    • Improving the response to victims of child sex trafficking: H.R. 246, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 350 – Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 159 – Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 285 – Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 181 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Judiciary Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 460 – Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Walker / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 398 – Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Renee Ellmers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 351 – LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 469 – Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Education and Workforce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 246 – To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking (Sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty / Education and Workforce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Keystone XL Pipeline–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  • 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.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 53 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 29), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on Murkowski Amendment No. 2 (listed above).
    • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Murkowski Amendment No. 2 (listed above).
    • By 53 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 30), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the bill.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided with the Democrats controlling the first half, and the Republicans controlling the final half

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, with the time until 12:30pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees, with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Prior to adjourning, Senator Murkowski announced that she and Senator Cantwell will work to set up a path forward that will include some amendment votes on pending amendments and others that are waiting in the queue. She hopes to set some of those votes for after lunch.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
“Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

Senate Finance
Trade Policy Agenda

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Organizational Meeting

House Energy & Commerce
“What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”

Senate Banking
“Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions.”

House Energy & Commerce
Public Health Legislation

House T&I
“Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.527 : To amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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.531 : To prioritize funding for the National Institutes of Health to discover treatments and cures, to maintain global leadership in medical innovation, and to restore the purchasing power the NIH had after the historic doubling campaign that ended in fiscal year 2003.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

S.254 : A bill to lower health premiums and increase choice for small businesses.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

REGULATORY REVIEW

H.R.522 : To establish a commission to conduct a comprehensive review over 6 years of Federal agencies and programs and to recommend the elimination or realignment of duplicative, wasteful, or outdated functions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.529 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.252 : A bill to prohibit the consideration of any bill by Congress unless a statement on tax transparency is provided in the bill.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Rules and Administration
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

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