Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continues consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The House continues consideration of the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015: H.R. 350, to direct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to identify strategies to prevent children from becoming victims of trafficking and review trafficking prevention efforts, and to protect and assist in the recovery of victims of trafficking;
    • Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 159, amended, to stop exploitation through trafficking;
    • Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015: H.R. 285, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for knowingly selling advertising that offers certain commercial sex acts;
    • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 181, amended, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking;
    • Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015: H.R. 460, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities; and
    • Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015: 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.
  • LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 48, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 351) to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 46.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Monday, January 26th:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 47; and
    • Improving the response to victims of child sex trafficking: H.R. 246, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 48.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Complete 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)

 

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:
  • 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.
    • Boxer Amendment No. 130 (to Amendment No. 2), to preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits if necessary.
    • Peters/Stabenow Amendment No. 70 (to Amendment No. 2), to require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained.
    • Collins/Warner Amendment No. 35 (to Amendment No. 2), to coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools.
    • Murkowski Amendment No. 166 (to Amendment No. 2), to release certain wilderness study areas from management for preservation as wilderness.
    • Sanders Amendment No. 23 (to Amendment No. 2), to increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025.
    • Merkley Amendment No. 174 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that the United States should prioritize and fund adaptation projects in communities in the United States while also helping to fund climate change adaptation in developing countries.
    • Merkley Amendment No. 125 (to Amendment No. 2), to eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding.
    • Cantwell/Boxer Amendment No. 131 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with United States environmental laws.
    • Tillis/Burr Amendment No. 102 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide for leasing on the outer Continental Shelf and the distribution of certain qualified revenues from such leasing.
    • Markey Amendment No. 178 (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.
    • Markey Amendment No. 141 (to Amendment No. 2), to delay the effective date until the President determines that the pipeline will not have certain negative impacts.
    • Whitehouse Amendment No. 148 (to Amendment No. 2), to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development.
    • Booker Amendment No. 155 (to Amendment No. 2), to allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information.
    • Burr Modified Amendment No. 92 (to Amendment No. 2), to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
    • Coons Amendment No. 115 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure.
    • Carper Amendment No. 120 (to Amendment No. 2), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property.
    • Heitkamp Amendment No. 133 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources.
    • Cardin Amendment No. 124 (to Amendment No. 2), to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect.
    • Cantwell (for Gillibrand) Amendment No. 48 (to Amendment No. 2), to modify the definition of underground injection.
    • Cantwell (for Peters/Stabenow) Amendment No. 55 (to Amendment No. 2), to require a study of the potential environmental impact of by-products of the Keystone XL pipeline.
    • Murkowski (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 245 (to Amendment No. 2), to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect.
    • Daines Amendment No. 246 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Senate vote on or in relation to 18 amendments and that all amendments on the list be subject to a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption, and that no second-degree amendments be in order to the amendments; and that there be two minutes of debate equally divided between each vote, and that all votes after the first in the series be 10 minutes in length.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, 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, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • At 2:30pm, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the following amendments in the order listed, with all amendments subject to a 60 vote affirmative threshold and that no second degree be in order to the amendments.
    • 1. Cardin amendment #75 (local water supplier)
    • 2. Peters amendment #70 (pipeline safety)
    • 3. Sanders amendment #23 (solar panels)
    • 4. Cruz amendment #15 (expedited export of natural gas to WTO)
    • 5. Merkley amendment #125 (infrastructure)
    • 6. Moran amendment #73 (prairie chicken)
    • 7. Whitehouse amendment #148 (campaign finance disclosure re: Keystone)
    • 8. Daines amendment #132 (Sense of Congress national monuments)
    • 9. Coons amendment #115 (climate resiliency projects)
    • 10. Collins amendment #35 (school building efficiency)
    • 11. Carper amendment #120 (fuel cell motor vehicles)
    • 12. Murkowski amendment #166 (wilderness study areas)
    • 13. Heitkamp amendment #133 (renewable tax credits)
    • 14. Gillibrand amendment #48 (fracking)
    • 15. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
    • 16. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
    • 17. Daines amendment #246 (SoS Land and Water Conservation Fund)
    • 18. Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate HELP
Organizational Meeting

Senate Armed Services Committee
Budget Control Act and Sequestration

Senate Environment and Public Works
MAP-21 Reauthorization

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
Freight Rail Transportation

Senate Aging
“Broken Trust: Combating Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Seniors”

Senate Homeland Security
“Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing.”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.569 : To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing oil and gas leases on portions of the Outer Continental Shelf located off the coast of New Jersey.
Sponsor: Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.574 : To prohibit contributions by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Market Fund while such enterprises are in conservatorship or receivership, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.264 : A bill to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (30)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.539 : To amend part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for lower income individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Robin L. [IL-2] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.542 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of doctors of chiropractic in the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.543 : To repeal title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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.546 : To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing services to children with medically complex conditions under the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program through a care coordination program focused on improving health outcomes for children with medically complex conditions and lowering costs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.555 : To require an Exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to notify individuals in the case that personal information of such individuals is known to have been acquired or accessed as a result of a breach of the security of any system maintained by the Exchange, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.257 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to physician supervision of therapeutic hospital outpatient services.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.258 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.553 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage the use of 529 plans and Coverdell education savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.554 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage the use of 529 plans and Coverdell education savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 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.557 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify safe harbor requirements applicable to automatic contribution arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 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.

S.266 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify safe harbor requirements applicable to automatic contribution arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.268 : A bill to improve the infrastructure of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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