Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 596 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act: H.R. 361, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 51;
    • DHS Interoperable Communications Act: H.R. 615, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 52; and
    • Social Media Working Group Act of 2015: H.R. 623, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 328 yeas to 51 nays, Roll No. 53.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 596 – To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour and Thirty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Energy and Commerce Committee / Education and the Workforce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Judiciary Committee / Natural Resources Committee / Rules Committee / House Administration Committee / Appropriations Committee / Budget Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
    • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.
    • Clay Hunt SAV Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the previous order of Thursday, January 29, 2015, with respect to 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, be modified so that the Senate begin consideration of the bill at approximately 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, with all other provisions of the previous order being in effect.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the time until 12 noon be equally divided, and following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on passage of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the time equally divided with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, until 12:00 noon with the time equally divided and controlled in the usual form. At 12:00pm, the Senate will vote on passage of H.R.203.
  • Last week, Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #5, H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, the cloture vote will occur at 2:30pm. The time from 2:15 until 2:30pm will be equally divided. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate would proceed to a vote on the motion to proceed to the bill.
  • The Senate will recess following the vote on H.R.203 (approximately 12:30pm) until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015—12:00pm:
    • Passage of H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015—2:30pm:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015; and, if cloture is invoked, Motion to proceed to H.R.240.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways & Means Committee
FY 2016 Budget Issues w/ Secretary Lew

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Flu Preparation And Prevention

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“Understanding The Impact of U.S. Policy Changes On Human Rights And Democracy In Cuba”

House Judiciary Committee
Immigration Law Assessment

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENVIRONMENT

H.R.659 : To reverse the Department of the Interior’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, to prevent further consideration of listing of such species as a threatened species or endangered species under that Act pending implementation of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan and other conservation measures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mullin, Markwayne [OK-2] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.650 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage.
Sponsor: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.639 : To amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 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.648 : To amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.663 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.332 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.336 : A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (47)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.339 : A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (47)
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TAX

H.R.636 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.637 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the rule allowing certain tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.640 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the tax rate for excise tax on investment income of private foundations.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.335 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.652 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to reauthorize the State infrastructure bank program.
Sponsor: Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] (introduced 2/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Major Action: 2/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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