Today’s Daily Update

Ashton Carter was confirmed as Secretary of Defense.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 644, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory, by a yea-and-nay vote of 279 yeas to 137 nays, Roll No. 80.
  • Rejected the Neal 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 168 yeas to 245 nays, Roll No. 79.
  • Pursuant to the rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-5 shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 101, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 644) and (H.R. 636), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 163 noes, Roll No. 78, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 164 nays, Roll No. 77.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • H.R. 636 – America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour and Thirty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Tiberi / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Authorizing Expenditures by Committees: Senate agreed to S. Res. 73, authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, and October 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.
  • 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.
    • 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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, February 12, 2015, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, February 23, 2015.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, February 23, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Pro Forma Sessions–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate adjourn, it convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:45 p.m., and Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 10 a.m.; and that the Senate adjourn on Thursday, February 19, 2015, until 3 p.m., on Monday, February 23, 2015.
  • Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 93 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. EX. 56), Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times:
    • Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:45pm and
    • Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:00am.
  • When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, February 19, it will stand adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 23, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, Senator Hoeven will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address. Following the reading, the Senate will recess until 4:30pm and upon reconvening will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240 (DHS approps). At 5:30pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240.

 

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Washington International Trade Association
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White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.512 : A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to safeguard data stored abroad from improper government access, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

ENERGY

H.R.912 : To place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce

S.490 : A bill 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: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.494 : A bill to authorize the exploration, leasing, development, production, and economically feasible and prudent transportation of oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain in Alaska.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.947 : To amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to allow the rebuilding, without elevation, of certain structures that are located in areas having special flood hazards and are substantially damaged by fire, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-6] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.957 : To require Senate confirmation of Inspector General of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial 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.

S.477 : A bill to terminate Operation Choke Point.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.482 : A bill to increase from $10,000,000,000 to $50,000,000,000 the threshold figure at which regulated depository institutions are subject to direct examination and reporting requirements of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.487 : A bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to allow the rebuilding, without elevation, of certain structures that are located in areas having special flood hazards and are substantially damaged by fire, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.495 : A bill to revoke the charters for the Federal National Mortgage Corporation and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation upon resolution of their obligations, to create a new Mortgage Finance Agency for the securitization of single family and multifamily mortgages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.510 : A bill to require Senate confirmation of Inspector General of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.909 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to expanding access for breakthrough drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.928 : To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (163)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 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.931 : To provide for approval of certain drugs and biological products indicated for use in a well-defined population of patients in order to address increases in bacterial resistance to drugs and biological products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.940 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (102)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 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.943 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the requirement for employer disclosure of information on health care coverage of employees who are Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 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.

S.480 : A bill to amend and reauthorize the controlled substance monitoring program under section 399O of the Public Health Service Act.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.481 : A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.483 : A bill to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.484 : A bill to protect all patients by prohibiting the use of data obtained from comparative effectiveness research to deny or delay coverage of items or services under Federal health care programs and to ensure that comparative effectiveness research accounts for advancements in personalized medicine and differences in patient treatment response.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.506 : A bill 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: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.511 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that genetically engineered food and foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled accordingly.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.954 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt from the individual mandate certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded through the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.470 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain educational institutions from the employer health insurance mandate, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.505 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.910 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to provide eligibility under certain highway programs for projects for the installation of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication equipment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.935 : To establish a National Freight Network Trust Fund to improve the performance of the national freight network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.946 : To make loans and loan guarantees under section 502 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 available for implementing positive train control systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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