Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continued consideration of S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session today.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
    • Portman Amendment No. 270, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking.
    • Portman Amendment No. 271, to amend the definition of ”homeless person” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to include certain homeless children and youth.
    • Vitter Amendment No. 284 (to Amendment No. 271), to amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
  • Hart and Dinh-Zarr Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 12, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the following nominations: Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of two years, and Tho Dinh-Zarr, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for the remainder of the term expiring December 31, 2018; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed; that no further motions be in order.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with the Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for the victims of trafficking.
  • At 1:30pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session for up to 30 minutes equally divided on Executive Calendar #20 and #16.
  • Approximately 2:00pm—1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #20, Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of two years;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #16, Tho Dinh-Zarr, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for the remainder of the term expiring December 31, 2018 (voice vote expected).
  • Amendments pending to S.178:
    • Portman amendment #270 (identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking)
    • Portman amendment #271 (definition of “homeless person”)
    • Vitter second degree amendment #284 (citizenship) to Portman #271

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.703 : A bill to reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.720 : A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.702 : A bill to strengthen the prohibitions on insider trading, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.707 : A bill to provide certain protections from civil liability with respect to the emergency administration of opioid overdose drugs.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

S.709 : A bill 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: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.711 : A bill to amend section 520J of the Public Service Health Act to authorize grants for mental health first aid training programs.
Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.716 : A bill to allow seniors to file their Federal income tax on a new Form 1040SR.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.705 : A bill to amend section 213 of title 23, United States Code, relating to the Transportation Alternatives Program.
Sponsor: Sen Cochran, Thad [MS] (introduced 3/11/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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