Today’s Daily Update

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

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015: The House agreed to H. Res. 134, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 749, to reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs, by a voice vote, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: House agreed to the Simpson motion to take from the Speaker’s table H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, recede from the disagreement of the Senate amendment and agree to concur therein, by a yea-and-nay vote of 257 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 109, after the previous question was ordered.
    • Rejected the Massie motion to lay the Senate amendment on the table by a recorded vote of 140 ayes to 278 noes, Roll No. 108.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected 2:30-3:30 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:

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Labor Relations Board–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S.J. Res. 8, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 66), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, with two hours of debate remaining, equally divided in the usual form.
  • Appointments:
  • Congressional Budget Office Director: The Chair made the following announcement: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, pursuant to the provisions of Section 201(a)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, have appointed Dr. Homer Keith Hall as Director of the Congressional Budget Office, effective April 1, 2015, for the term expiring January 3, 2019.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.8 (NLRB) with two hours of debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to a vote on passage of the NLRB joint resolution of disapproval and cloture on the Keystone veto override. Depending on how much Leader time is used, the votes should begin shortly after 11:30am.
  • Approximately 11:30am—2 roll call votes:
    • Passage of S.J.Res.8, NLRB; and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the veto message on S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
EPA Fiscal 2016 Budget Request

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2016 Food and Drug Administration Budget Request

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2016 Department of Treasury Budget Request

House Homeland Security Committee
“Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

House Armed Services Committee
“Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cyber Security Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.639 : A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in any proposed rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions and imposes increased costs on other Federal agencies an offset from funds available to the Administrator for all projected increased costs that the proposed rule would impose on other Federal agencies.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.640 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to delay the review and revision of the national ambient air quality standards for ozone.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1210 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide a safe harbor from certain requirements related to qualified mortgages for residential mortgage loans held on an originating depository institution’s portfolio, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1216 : To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a pilot program to examine maker-taker pricing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1224 : To require the exercise of clean-up call options under securities issued by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and to prohibit any new mortgage-backed securities issued by such Corporation or the Federal National Mortgage Association from containing provisions for a clean-up call option, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

S.636 : A bill to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.647 : A bill to repeal title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1218 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise as amounts paid for medical care.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1223 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the retroactive claim of the earned income tax credit after issuance of a social security number.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.637 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the railroad track maintenance credit.
Sponsor: Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] (introduced 3/3/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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