Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 76.
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act: The House passed S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, by a yea-and-nay vote of 270 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 75.
    • Rejected the Capps motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 74.
  • H. Res. 100, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (S. 1), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 248 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 72, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 71.

Today:

  • On Thursday, 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: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 644 – Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour and Thirty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Ways and Means 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.
  • Carter Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 12, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense; that the time until 2 p.m., be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, and that at 2 p.m., Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense until 2:00pm with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 2:00pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Carter nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

House Financial Services Committee
“Markup: The Committee’s Views and Estimates of the FY 2016 budget”

Senate Banking Committee
“Regulatory Relief for Community Banks & Credit Unions”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Department of Energy’s FY 2016 Budget

House Agriculture Committee
CFTC Agenda Outlook

House Judiciary Committee
DOJ Mortgage Lending Settlement

House Education & the Workforce
Technology And Student Privacy

House Homeland Security Dell
“Emerging Threats And Technologies”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.456 : A bill to codify mechanisms for enabling cybersecurity threat indicator sharing between private and government entities, as well as among private entities, to better protect information systems.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

DEFENSE

H.R.861 : Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, 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.

ENERGY

H.R.866 : To achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the development and production of all forms of energy on all available Federal land.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.873 : To promote energy efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.888 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to require certain systemically important entities to account for the financial benefit they receive as a result of the expectations on the part of shareholders, creditors, and counterparties of such entities that the Government will shield them from losses in the event of failure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.865 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to limit the liability of health care professionals who volunteer to provide health care services in response to a disaster.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 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.868 : To provide for coordination between the TRICARE program and eligibility for making contributions to a health savings account, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stewart, Chris [UT-2] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.876 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 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.879 : To repeal the “Cadillac Tax” on middle class Americans’ health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Guinta, Frank C. [NH-1] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.886 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit States to impose workforce requirements for individuals made eligible for medical assistance under the amendments made by the Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Westerman, Bruce [AR-4] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.903 : To require notification of individuals of breaches of personally identifiable information through Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.459 : A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to approve waivers under the Medicaid Program under title XIX of the Social Security Act that are related to State provider taxes that exempt certain retirement communities.
Sponsor: Sen Boozman, John [AR] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.863 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify the treatment of seasonal positions for purposes of the employer shared responsibility requirement.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.869 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to broaden the special rules for certain governmental plans under section 105(j) to include plans established by political subdivisions.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.880 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.898 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the equalization of the excise tax on liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.902 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (46)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.905 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the equalization of the excise tax on liquefied natural gas and per energy equivalent of diesel.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.448 : A bill to provide for coordination between the TRICARE program and eligibility for making contributions to a health savings account, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.875 : To provide for alternative financing arrangements for the provision of certain services and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure at land border ports of entry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cuellar, Henry [TX-28] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Judiciary; House Homeland Security; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Agriculture, 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.461 : A bill to provide for alternative financing arrangements for the provision of certain services and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure at land border ports of entry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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