Today’s Daily Update

The House passed the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act. The Senate continued consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 50, to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, by a recorded vote of 250 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 64.
    • Rejected the Bustos motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 63.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-4, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-14, shall be considered as adopted.
    • Agreed to:
      • Reed amendment (No. 1 printed in part C of H. Rept. 114-14) that requires an assessment of the effects that a proposed or final rule are expected to have on private property owners, including the use and value of affected property.
    • Rejected:
      • Cummings amendment (No. 2 printed in part C of H. Rept. 114-14) that strikes section 12 of the bill that would require federal agencies to conduct a retrospective cost-benefit analysis of any regulation at the request of the Chairman or Ranking Member of a Congressional Committee (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 61); and
      • Connolly amendment (No. 3 printed in part C of H. Rept. 114-14) that provides that in the event that the average annual rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth remains below 5 percent over the first four calendar quarters occurring after the date of enactment of H.R. 50, then the amendments made by H.R. 50 are repealed (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 62).
  • H. Res. 78, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 527) and (H.R. 50) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 60, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 59.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 527 – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee / Small Business Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Peters / Chabot Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Kurt Schrader Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act–Agreement:
    • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Pursuant to the order of February 3, 2015, the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on February 3, 2015, was agreed to.
    • Pursuant to the order of February 3, 2015, the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on February 3, 2015, was agreed to.
    • By 53 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 52), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having not voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 5, 2015, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally divided in the usual form.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for FY2015, until 11:30am with the time equally divided. At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
“Getting it Right on Data Breach on Notification Legislation in the 114th Congress”

Senate Finance Committee
Secretary Lew & the FY2016 Budget Request

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.699 : To amend title 18, United States Code, to update the privacy protections for electronic communications information that is stored by third-party service providers in order to protect consumer privacy interests while meeting law enforcement needs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (233)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.356 : A bill to improve the provisions relating to the privacy of electronic communications.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

ENERGY

H.R.702 : To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 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.

H.R.703 : To repeal the renewable fuel program of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sponsor: Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (38)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.704 : To amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (34)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.372 : A bill to ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.700 : To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment of individuals under the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.716 : To require breast density reporting to physicians and patients by facilities that perform mammograms, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.724 : To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to impose restrictions on the risk corridor program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.729 : To provide for a Medicare demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of covering low vision devices as durable medical equipment under part B of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 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.

H.R.745 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to ambulance services under the Medicare program and to reform payments for such services under such program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 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.359 : A bill to amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to impose restrictions on the risk corridor program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.377 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to ambulance services under the Medicare program and to reform payments for such services under such program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.701 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand access to Coverdell education savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.713 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow the refundable portion of the child credit to taxpayers using individual taxpayer identification numbers issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
Sponsor: Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.725 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate tax and retain stepped-up basis at death.
Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.740 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a business credit relating to the use of clean-fuel and fuel efficient vehicles by businesses within areas designated as nonattainment areas under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-15] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.367 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that return information from tax-exempt organizations be made available in a searchable format and to provide the disclosure of the identity of contributors to certain tax-exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.375 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a reduced rate of excise tax on beer produced domestically by certain qualifying producers.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.376 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude payments received under the Work Colleges Program from gross income, including payments made from institutional funds.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.710 : To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 2/4/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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