Today’s Daily Update

The House passed the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Senate continued consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 527, to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, by a recorded vote of 260 ayes to 163 noes, Roll No. 68.
    • Rejected the Deutch motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 67.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-3 shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • Peters amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-14) that adds to the bill’s Regulatory Flexibility Act exemption for veterans rights-and-benefits rules an exemption for rules pertaining to servicemembers and predatory lending, and effectuates limited technical amendments to the bill.
    • Rejected:
      • Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-14) that strikes section 5 of the bill;
      • Schrader amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-14) that strikes section 10 of the legislation, which creates a duplicative size standard office in the Office of Advocacy without a commensurate reduction in the existing SBA Office of Size Standards, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 65;
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-14) that exempts from the bill any rule that the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation; and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-14) that exempts from the bill all regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration relating to consumer safety, including those issued pursuant to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 53), 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 3:00pm on Monday, February 9, 2015.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for coverage today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.766 : To provide requirements for the appropriate Federal banking agencies when requesting or ordering a depository institution to terminate a specific customer account, to provide for additional requirements related to subpoenas issued under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.771 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to strengthen rules applied in case of competition for diabetic testing strips, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.775 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (54)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.776 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create alternative sanctions for technical noncompliance with the Stark rule under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.777 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-14] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Budget; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, and Appropriations, 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.778 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to redistribute Federal funds that would otherwise be made available to States that do not provide for the Medicaid expansion in accordance with the Affordable Care Act to those States electing to provide those Medicaid benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.786 : To improve access, certainty, and innovation with respect to vaccines.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.790 : To allow the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of investigational drugs and devices intended for use by terminally ill patients who execute an informed consent document, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.793 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.795 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make publicly available on the official Medicare Internet site Medicare payment rates for frequently reimbursed hospital inpatient procedures, hospital outpatient procedures, and physicians’ services.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

H.R.802 : To require the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits for certain new beneficiaries as part of the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.804 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to Medicare data.
Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.379 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and modify the credit for employee health insurance expenses of small employers.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.395 : A bill to implement a demonstration project under titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to examine the costs and benefits of providing payments for comprehensive coordinated health care services provided by purpose-built, continuing care retirement communities to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.750 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount excluded from gross income for employer-provided dependent care assistance.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.762 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and modify the credit for employee health insurance expenses of small employers.
Sponsor: Rep DelBene, Suzan K. [WA-1] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.767 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform and reset the excise tax on beer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.769 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain educational institutions from the employer health insurance mandate, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 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.780 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for offsetting certain past-due local tax debts against income tax overpayments.
Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.787 : To assess the State by State impact of Federal taxation and spending.
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R.788 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a temporary dividends received deduction for dividends received from a controlled foreign corporation.
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.397 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a temporary dividends received deduction for dividends received from a controlled foreign corporation.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.400 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide notice to charities and other nonprofit organizations before their tax-exempt status is automatically revoked.
Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.408 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules for tax-exempt enterprise zone facility bonds and to extend the tax incentives for empowerment zones.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRADE

H.R.764 : To enhance reciprocal market access for United States domestic producers in the negotiating process of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade agreements.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (25)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.749 : To reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.779 : To authorize project development for projects to extend Metrorail service in Northern Virginia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] (introduced 2/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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