Today’s Daily Update

The House passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. The Senate sustained the Presidential veto of the Keystone Pipeline Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 749, to reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 316 yeas to 101 nays, Roll No. 112.
    • Rejected the Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 111.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-9 shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • McNerney amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that ensures that socially and economically disadvantaged businesses request for proposals are considered for station development opportunities under Section 208 of the bill;
      • Fitzpatrick amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that adds veteran-owned small businesses to the participation study required under Section 305;
      • Mica amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that proposes Northeast Corridor Express Service;
      • Brownley (CA) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that requires each state to develop a grade crossing action plan, identifying specific solutions for improving safety at crossings, including highway-rail grade crossing closures or grade separations; and focuses on crossings that have experienced recent grade crossing accidents or multiple accidents, or are at high risk for accidents;
      • Perlmutter amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit to Congress a report evaluating the effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) 2005 rule on the use of locomotive horns at rail crossings; and
      • Lipinski amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that clarifies that passengers using or transporting non-motorized transportation are to be considered in the Amtrak Office of Inspector General’s report on boarding procedures in Section 211.
    • Rejected:
      • McClintock amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-36) that restricts operating subsidies for Amtrak.
  • H. Res. 134, the rule providing for consideration of (H.R. 749) was agreed to yesterday, March 3.
  • Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act of 2015: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass (H.R. 1213), to make administrative and technical corrections to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.

Today:

  • The Federal government is closed today due to inclement weather.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • National Labor Relations Board: By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 67), Senate passed 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.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 625, to provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, March 4, 2015, a vote on cloture will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
  • Veto Messages:
  • Veto–Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act: By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 68), two-thirds of the Senators voting not having voted in the affirmative, S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, upon reconsideration, was rejected, the veto of the President was sustained.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the veto message to accompany S. 1, be withdrawn.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, March 6, 2015, for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted. When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will stand adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 9, 2015.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Due to inclement weather there are no hearings today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.668 : A bill to require data brokers to establish procedures to ensure the accuracy of collected personal information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

ENERGY

H.R.1268 : To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1273 : To promote energy savings in residential and commercial buildings and industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1233 : To provide regulatory relief to community financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1259 : To provide for an application process for interested parties to apply for an area to be designated as a rural area, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1261 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to bring the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into the regular appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1262 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to notify and obtain permission from consumers before collecting nonpublic personal information about such consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1263 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1264 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to set the rate of pay for employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection in accordance with the General Schedule.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.1265 : To apply the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.1266 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to make the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection an independent Financial Product Safety Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1309 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to specify when bank holding companies may be subject to certain enhanced supervision, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1317 : To amend the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to specify how clearing requirements apply to certain affiliate transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 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.1334 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to make the shareholder threshold for registration of savings and loan holding companies the same as for bank holding companies.
Sponsor: Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1234 : To restore to States the freedom and flexibility to regulate health insurance markets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.1250 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide that payment under the Medicare program to a long-term care hospital for inpatient services shall not be made at the applicable site neutral payment rate for certain discharges involving severe wounds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 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.

H.R.1272 : To provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.1275 : To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.648 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve formulary requirements for prescription drug plans and MA-PD plans with respect to certain categories or classes of drugs.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.673 : A bill to provide a transition plan for those individuals who may be affected by ObamaCare’s unlawful implementation.
Sponsor: Sen Sasse, Ben [NE] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1249 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent individuals receiving work authorizations under certain deferred action programs from being eligible for the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1260 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (145)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1270 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which disqualify expenses for over-the-counter drugs under health savings accounts and health flexible spending arrangements.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1286 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the lower threshold for the refundable portion of the child tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (124)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1295 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the process for making determinations with respect to whether organizations are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of such Code.
Sponsor: Rep Holding, George [NC-13] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1298 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent retroactive claims of the earned income tax credit by individuals issued social security numbers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1305 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to limit the deductibility of excessive rates of executive compensation.
Sponsor: Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1333 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify eligibility for the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.660 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a credit for married couples who are both employed and have young children.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.661 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the dependent care tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.664 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a tax credit for foster families.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1274 : To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to make grants to assist units of local government in developing and implementing plans, known as Vision Zero plans, to eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1290 : To provide for a study by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies on the impact of diverting certain freight rail traffic to avoid urban areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1291 : To improve highway-rail grade crossing safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1308 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a Multimodal Freight Funding Formula Program and a National Freight Infrastructure Competitive Grant Program to improve the efficiency and reliability of freight movement in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

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