Today’s Daily Update

The House failed to pass the Senate amendment and requested a conference on H.R. 240, DHS Appropriations Act. Prior to adjourning on Friday, the Senate passed H.R.33, as amended with a substitute amendment that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.

House

 

Friday:

  • Director of the Congressional Budget Office–Appointment: The Chair announced the joint appointment by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Dr. Homer Keith Hall as Director of the Congressional Budget Office for the term expiring January 3, 2019.
  • Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015: The House failed to pass H.J. Res. 35, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 203 yeas to 224 nays, Roll No. 104.
    • A point of order was sustained against the Roybal-Allard motion to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment.
    • H. Res. 129, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 35) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 102, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Student Success Act: The House resumed 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.
  • Proceedings Postponed:
    • Thompson (MS) amendment (No. 43 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-29) that seeks to require that The Student Success Act shall not go into effect until the Secretary of Education determines that its enactment will not reduce the college and career readiness of racial or ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, English learners, and low-income students and provides written notification to Congress on such determination; and
    • Scott (VA) amendment (No. 44 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-29) that seeks to repeal H.R. 5 and replace the bill text with a substitute amendment that provides robust funding levels, replaces the mandates of No Child Left Behind, and maintains civil rights and equity protections that ensure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
  • H. Res. 125, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5) was agreed to on February 26th.
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment and requested a conference on H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 102.
    • Failed to agree to the Roybal-Allard motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 201 yeas to 218 nays, Roll No. 105.
  • Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 33, 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, by a 2/3 recorded vote of 357 ayes to 60 noes, Roll No. 106.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 294 – Long-Term Care Veteran Choice Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 280 – To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affair, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 62), Senate passed H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
  • Adopted:
    • By 66 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 61), McConnell (for Cochran) Amendment No. 255, of a perfecting nature.
  • Withdrawn:
    • McConnell Amendment No. 256 (to Amendment No. 255), to change the enactment date.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 257 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 255), to change the enactment date.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 258 (to Amendment No. 257), of a perfecting nature. (By 34 yeas to 65 nays (Vote No. 60), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.)
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 59), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • McConnell motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 259, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on the bill.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 260 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 259), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 259 fell.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 261 (to Amendment No. 260), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 260 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 259) fell.
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: Senate passed H.R. 33, 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, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell Amendment No. 268, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Immigration Rule of Law Act: By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 63), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 534, to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration.
    • Subsequently, Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • House Messages:
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: Senate began consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, taking action on the following motion proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
    • McConnell Motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, agree to the request by the House of Representatives for a conference, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 2, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.240, DHS appropriations.
  • Prior to adjourning on Friday, the Senate passed H.R.33, as amended with a substitute amendment (SA#268) that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.
  • The House Message with respect to H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations, was laid before the Senate.
  • We expect Senator McConnell to file cloture at 3:30pm on Monday, March 2 on the consolidated motion to go to conference. Under the expedited rule for going to conference, once cloture has been filed, there would be 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a cloture vote. That would result in a cloture vote at 5:30pm on Monday (60 vote threshold) and, if cloture is invoked, an immediate vote on the motion (majority vote threshold).
  • The consolidated motion to go to conference includes the following motions:
    • 1) Motion to insist upon the Senate amendment;
    • 2) Motion to agree to a request by the House for a committee of conferees; and
    • 3) Motion to authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.
  • The next vote is expected at 5:30pm on Monday, which will be a cloture vote on the motion to agree to the House request to go to a conference on the DHS appropriations bill.

 

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House Appropriations
Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Financial Services

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.1174 : To amend title 18, United States Code, to safeguard data stored abroad from improper government access, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

ENERGY

H.R.1175 : To provide for the establishment of a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund to assist United States businesses with exporting clean energy technology products and services.
Sponsor: Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-6] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1154 : To amend the Federal Reserve Act to remove the mandate on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee to focus on maximum employment.
Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1165 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to require that repurchase-to-maturity transactions be treated as secured borrowings.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1166 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to require any person subject to accounting principles or standards under the securities laws to show all transactions of such person on the balance sheet of such person.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1167 : To establish the Securities and Derivatives Commission in order to combine the functions of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission in a single independent regulatory commission.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

H.R.1173 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit trading on material inside information.
Sponsor: Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1176 : To require the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study of the National Credit Union Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1151 : To amend title IX of the Public Health Service Act to revise the operations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 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.1178 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify payment under the Medicare program for outpatient department procedures that utilize drugs as supplies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 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.1185 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide the opportunity for responsible health savings to all American families.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.1147 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make mandatory and permanent requirements relating to use of an electronic employment eligibility verification system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.1148 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve immigration law enforcement within the interior of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, 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

H.R.1169 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the maximum contribution limit for health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1171 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide recruitment and retention incentives for volunteer emergency service workers.
Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.1172 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax on distilled spirits produced by small distilleries.
Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1182 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent retroactive claims of the earned income tax credit by individuals receiving work authorizations pursuant to certain deferred action programs.
Sponsor: Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.608 : A bill to prevent homeowners from being forced to pay taxes on forgiven mortgage loan debt.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1181 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for increased and improved public access to motor vehicle safety information, enhanced tools and accountability for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and protection of motor vehicle consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 2/27/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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