Today’s Daily Update

The Senate approved the Keystone XL Pipeline by a vote of 62 to 36.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed: Keystone XL Pipeline: By 62 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 49), Senate passed S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
  • Adopted:
    • Murkowski (for Barrasso) Modified Amendment No. 245, to clarify that certain consultation requirements with respect to Indian tribes remain in effect. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
  • Rejected:
    • By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 42), Daines Amendment No. 246, to express the sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • By 59 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 43), Burr Modified Amendment No. 92, to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • By 45 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 44), Udall Amendment No. 77, to establish a renewable electricity standard. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • By 41 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 46), Booker Amendment No. 155, to allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information.
    • Boxer Amendment No. 130, to preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits if necessary.
    • By 36 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 47), Markey Amendment No. 141, to delay the effective date until the President determines that the pipeline will not have certain negative impacts.
    • By 44 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 48), Markey Amendment No. 178, to ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum.
  • Withdrawn:
    • Vitter/Cassidy Further Modified Amendment No. 80, to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf.
    • Cardin Amendment No. 124, to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect.
    • Murkowski (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 67, to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel.
    • Murkowski Amendment No. 98, to express the sense of Congress relating to adaptation projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities.
    • Flake Amendment No. 103, to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs.
    • Merkley Amendment No. 174, 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.
    • Tillis/Burr Amendment No. 102, to provide for leasing on the outer Continental Shelf and the distribution of certain qualified revenues from such leasing.
    • Cantwell (for Peters/Stabenow) Amendment No. 55, to require a study of the potential environmental impact of by-products of the Keystone XL pipeline.
    • Cantwell/Boxer Amendment No. 131, to ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with United States environmental laws.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • Pursuant to the order of January 28, 2015, the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on January 26, 2015, was agreed to.
    • Pursuant to the order of January 28, 2015, the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on January 26, 2015, was agreed to.
    • By 62 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 45), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
  • Clay Hunt SAV Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, February 2, 2015, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 203, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to require a pilot program on loan repayment for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs; that the time until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on passage of the bill, without any intervening action or debate.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Friday, January 30, 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.
  • During Thursday’s session, an agreement was reached that at 4:30pm on Monday, February 2, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided in the usual form. At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

S.305 : A bill to protect American job creation by striking the Federal mandate on employers to offer health insurance.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (28)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.307 : A bill to amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment and implementation of guidelines on best practices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) in school-aged children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.313 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.314 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.318 : A bill 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: Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

S.320 : A bill to authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.306 : A bill 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: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.