Today’s Daily Update

The House passed H.R. 596 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Senate continued consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 58.
    • Rejected the DeSaulnier motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 241 nays, Roll No. 57.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in H. Rept. 114-13 shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 70, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 596), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 55, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 54.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 50 – Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Tom Reed Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Elijah Cummings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 50), Senate passed 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.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act–Cloture: Senate continued 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.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 51), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Subsequently, Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:00pm to allow for the bipartisan conference meeting.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Armed Services
Secretary Of Defense Nomination

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
Implications Of Immigration Action

Senate Commerce Committee
“Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework”

Senate Finance Committee
FY 2016 HHS Budget

House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S.-Cuba Policy Assessment

House Judiciary Committee
Legal Workforce Act

Senate Special Aging Committee
Financial Exploitation of Seniors

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.666 : To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.

ENVIRONMENT

S.345 : A bill to limit the level of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to agricultural producers.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.685 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.686 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.668 : To make clear that an agency outside of the Department of Health and Human Services may not designate, appoint, or employ special consultants, fellows, or other employees under subsection (f) or (g) of section 207 of the Public Health Service Act.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.670 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend the Medicaid rules regarding supplemental needs trusts for Medicaid beneficiaries to trusts established by those beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.676 : To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (44)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, 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.683 : To prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from hiring new employees to enforce any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.696 : To amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exclude customary prompt pay discounts from manufacturers to wholesalers from the average sales price for drugs and biologicals under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.347 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the individual health insurance mandate not apply until the employer health insurance mandate is enforced without exceptions.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.669 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend the period of time for which a conditional permit to land temporarily may be granted to an alien crewman.
Sponsor: Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.680 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene fuels.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.341 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain small business tax provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.344 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the excise tax on liquified petroleum gas and liquified natural gas.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.351 : A bill to prevent homeowners from being forced to pay taxes on forgiven mortgage loan debt.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.352 : A bill to amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.679 : To establish a Road Usage Charge Pilot Program to study mileage-based fee systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 2/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and 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.

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