Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continued consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. The House will begin consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015: H.R. 810, to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
    • TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 719, to require the Transportation Security Administration to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 69;
    • Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2015: H.R. 720, to improve intergovernmental planning for and communication during security incidents at domestic airports, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 70; and
    • Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act: H.R. 710, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program.

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: 1:45-2:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 431 – To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Sponsored by Rep. Terri Sewell / Financial Services Committee)
  • S. 1 – Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven / Energy and Commerce Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act:
    • 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.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
EPA Greenhouse Gas Proposals

Senate Homeland Security
“Risky Business: Examining GAO’s 2015 List of High Risk Government Programs”

Senate Finance Committee
Open Executive Session to Consider Various Original Bills

House Financial Services Committee
“The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration”

House Appropriations — Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies
CFTC Fiscal 2016 Budget

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation.

House Energy and Commerce
Federal Mental Health Efforts

House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Health
“Health Care Coding System Implementation”

House Appropriations — Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
“Funding to Prevent, Prepare for and Respond to the Ebola Outbreak”

House Oversight
GAO’s High Risk Report: 25 Years of Problematic Practices

House Energy and Commerce
Health Legislation Markup – Opening Statements only

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.423 : A bill to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception to the annual written privacy notice requirement.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.445 : A bill to increase students’ and borrowers’ access to student loan information within the National Student Loan Data System.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.826 : To provide for a study by the Institute of Medicine on gaps in mental health services and how these gaps can increase the risk of violent acts.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.835 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic foster care services in Medicaid.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.836 : To improve access to emergency medical services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.837 : 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: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 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.420 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.428 : A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.429 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic foster care services in Medicaid.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.430 : A bill to prohibit the marketing of electronic cigarettes to children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

TAX

H.R.841 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that wages paid to unauthorized aliens may not be deducted from gross income, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and 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.

S.431 : A bill to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (41)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.432 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain small businesses from the employer health insurance mandate and to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of such mandate.
Sponsor: Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.844 : To require a plan approved by the Surface Transportation Board for the long-term storage of rail cars on certain railroad tracks.
Sponsor: Rep Kline, John [MN-2] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.855 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the new markets tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.443 : A bill to prohibit the long-term storage of rail cars on certain railroad tracks unless the Surface Transportation Board has approved the rail carrier’s rail car storage plan.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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