Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act:
    • H.R. 294, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the transfer of veterans to non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 107; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the placement of veterans in non-Departmental medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently.”
  • Authorizing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs: H.R. 280, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.
  • First votes expected 1:00-2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 749 – Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Mica Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Julia Brownley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ed Perlmutter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Daniel Lipinski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Veto Messages:
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act Veto Message–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the veto message to accompany S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the veto message to accompany the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
  • House Messages:
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: Senate resumed 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 47 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 64), 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 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.
    • By 58 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 65), Senate tabled the House Message to accompany the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:45am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 10:30am with the time equally divided and with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half.
  • The Senate will recess from 10:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the Joint Meeting of Congress with His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, as well as the weekly caucus meetings. As a reminder, senators should gather in the Senate Chamber to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives at 10:30am.
  • Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the veto message on S.1, an act to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2016 National Institutes of Health Budget Request

Senate Finance Committee
U.S. Tax Policy

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
Commerce And Transportation Fiscal 2016 Budget

House Transportation & Infrastructure
FAA Reauthorization

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“21st Century Energy Markets: How the Changing Dynamics of World Energy Markets Impact our Economy and Energy Security”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Understanding the Cyber Threat and Implications for the 21st Century Economy

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Federal Reserve Overhaul

House Financial Services Committee
“The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1188 : To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to provide certain credit unions with the authority to make additional member business loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1195 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish advisory boards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1189 : To clarify rules relating to nondiscriminatory employer wellness programs as such programs relate to premium discounts, rebates, or modifications to otherwise applicable cost sharing under group health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Kline, John [MN-2] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and 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.1190 : To repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (206)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and 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.

H.R.1196 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify rules relating to health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and 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.1200 : To provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Armed Services; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, 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.1202 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 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.620 : A bill to clarify rules relating to nondiscriminatory employer wellness programs as such programs relate to premium discounts, rebates, or modifications to otherwise applicable cost sharing under group health plans.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.621 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in the prevention and control of animal diseases, in order to minimize the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.1191 : 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.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 3/2/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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