Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of the DHS Appropriations Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans: The House passed H.R. 529, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans, by a recorded vote of 401 ayes to 20 noes, Roll No. 90.
    • Rejected the Ted Lieu (CA) 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 176 yeas to 243 nays, Roll No. 89.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, February 24th:
    • 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 88. K
    • Student Success Act: The House began consideration of H.R. 5, to support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, and inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • H. Res. 121, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 529) and (H.R. 5), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 87, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 86.

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: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 5 – Student Success Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Joe Kennedy et al. Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Glenn Grothman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gregory Meeks Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Brenda Lawrence Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Langevin / Thompson (PA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Lou Barletta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Quigley / McKinley / Serrano Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Marcia Fudge Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mark DeSauliner Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Rodney Davis / Joyce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Moore / Danny Davis / Wilson (FL) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Delaney / Young (IN) / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Cohen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Duffy / Wilson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Messer / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Polis / Rokita Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Robin Kelly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bonamici / Costello Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Frederica Wilson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Joe Courtney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Rick Nolan et al. Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Davis (CA) / Dold / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Lee Zeldin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Will Hurd Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Frederica Wilson Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Castro / Stivers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Andre Carson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Doug Collins Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bob Dold Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bill Flores Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Julia Brownley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David Loebsack Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Grace Meng Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Schrader / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bennie Thompson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bobby Scott Amendment (20 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on February 5, 2015, was agreed to.
    • The motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on February 5, 2015, was agreed to.
    • By 98 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 58), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Subsequently, the third motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill was rendered moot.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 11 a.m., on Thursday, February 26, 2015, and that all time during the adjournment or recess of the Senate count against post-cloture time.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, February 26, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations Committee
Department of Energy Budget

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Examining the FY 2016 HHS Budget

Senate Finance Committee
“Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy”

House Oversight & Government Reform
“From Health Care Enrollment to Tax Filing: A PPACA Update”

Senate HELP
“Medical and Public Health Preparedness and Response: Are We Ready for Future Threats?”

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

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee
Position Limits

House Appropriations Committee
FY16 Transportation-HUD with Secretary of Transportation Foxx

House Homeland Security
Information Sharing Issues

House Oversight & Government Reform
Examining the Impacts of EPA Air and Water Regulations on the States and the American People

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1090 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide protections for retail customers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Wagner, Ann [MO-2] (introduced 2/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.1066 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to promote the use of adaptive trial designs, Bayesian methods, and other innovative statistical methods in clinical protocols for drugs, biological products, and devices, and with respect to the requirement to conduct postapproval studies and clinical trials, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Chris [NY-27] (introduced 2/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1083 : To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to apply the Medicare restriction on self-referral to State plan requirements under Medicaid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 2/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2015 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.

TAX

S.574 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 allow employers a credit against income tax for employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Sen Scott, Tim [SC] (introduced 2/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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