Today’s Daily Update

Senate continued consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. A unanimous consent agreement was reached that no later than March 3 the Senate will begin consideration of the veto message of the President to accompany S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Drinking Water Protection Act: H.R. 212, amended, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of cyanotoxins in drinking water, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 375 yeas to 37 nays, Roll No. 84; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water, and for other purposes.”
  • Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2015: H.R. 734, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 85.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • STEM Education Act of 2015: H.R. 1020, to define STEM education to include computer science, and to support existing STEM education programs at the National Science Foundation.

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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 529 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 5 – Student Success Act, Rules Committee Print (General Debate Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on H.R. 1020 – STEM Education Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Boko Haram: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 65, supporting efforts to bring an end to violence perpetrated by Boko Haram, and urging the Government of Nigeria to conduct transparent, peaceful, and credible elections, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Menendez) Amendment No. 253, to amend the preamble.
    • McConnell (for Rubio) Amendment No. 254 (to the language proposed by Amendment No. 253), to illustrate the extreme degree of religious intolerance demonstrated by Boko Haram.
    • McConnell (for Menendez) Amendment No. 252, in the nature of a substitute.
  • 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.
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act–Veto Message: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, but no later than March 3, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the veto message of the President to accompany S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, and that the message be considered as having been read, that it be printed in the Record, and spread in full upon the Journal.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment & Public Works
MAP-21 Reauthorization

House Financial Services Committee
“Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy”

Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs
Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System

House Armed Services Committee
“How Is DoD Responding to Emerging Security Challenges in Europe?”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
The Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget

House Appropriations Committee
Budget Hearing – Department of Health and Human Services

House Energy & Commerce Committee
The Uncertain Future of the Internet

House Judiciary Committee
H.R. 870, the “Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015”

House Homeland Security
White House Cybersecurity Proposal

House Appropriations Committee
Budget Hearing – Department of Housing and Urban Development

House Budget Committee
Fiscal 2016 Budget Speeches

House Oversight & Government Reform
“FCC Process: Examining the Relationship Between the FCC and the White House”

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Healthcare Recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission”

House Armed Services
Information Technology And Future Threats

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.1027 : To cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 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.1030 : To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

S.544 : A bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1031 : To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1036 : To provide for the repayment of amounts borrowed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the Treasury of the United States, together with interest, over a 30-year period, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1021 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the integrity of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (26)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 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.539 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1026 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the release of information regarding the status of certain investigations.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1040 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayers a flat tax alternative to the current income tax system.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.537 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make permanent the alternative simplified research credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1043 : To establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.546 : A bill to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 2/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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