Today’s Daily Update

The Senate confirmed Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session today.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Senator McConnell filed cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178 and on the underlying bill. The filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the substitute and the underlying bill is set for 5:00pm on Monday, March 16. We expect the cloture vote on the substitute to occur Tuesday morning (could be in the 11:00am range). The filing deadline for second degree amendments will be around 10:00am on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Roll Call Votes:
    • 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; Confirmed: 97-0.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.85, honoring the life and legacy of Georgia Jones-Ayers.
    • Agreed to S.Con.Res.7, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
  • Executive Business:
  • Confirmed the following nomination by voice vote:
    • 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.
  • Confirmed the following nominations by unanimous consent:
    • Executive Calendar #3, Michael Greco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York for the term of four years
    • Executive Calendar #4, Ronald Lee Miller, of Kansas, to be United States Marshal for the District of Kansas for the term of four years

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.723 : A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to provide guidance on utility energy service contracts used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.726 : A bill to establish the prudential regulator of community and independent depository institutions as the conduit and arbiter of all Federal financial oversight, examination, and reporting.
Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.730 : A bill to permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.729 : A bill to amend title 11, United States Code, with respect to certain exceptions to discharge in bankruptcy.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

S.737 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend the application of the Medicare payment rate floor to primary care services furnished under Medicaid and to apply the rate floor to additional providers of primary care services.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.727 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include biomass heating appliances for tax credits available for energy-efficient building property and energy property.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [ME] (introduced 3/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.