Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking. The House will consider a series of six health care related bills under suspension of the rules.

House

 

Friday:

  • The House was not in session today.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 639 – Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 647 – Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 648 – Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 876 – Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1191 – Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 284 – Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Tiberi / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, March 16, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking. At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for up to 30 minutes, with the time equally divided, to consider Executive Calendar numbers 17 and 18. Upon the use or yielding back of time (approximately 5:30pm) the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations.
  • Monday, approximately 5:30pm—1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected
    • Executive Calendar #17 Carlos Monje, of Kouisiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation (roll call vote)
    • Executive Calendar #18, Manson K. Brown, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce (voice vote expected)
  • As a reminder, 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 (11:00am range). The filing deadline for second degree amendments will be around 10:00am on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Tuesday, approximately 11:00am, motion to invoke cloture on committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1354 : To permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 3/13/2015) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1355 : To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to expand the purposes of advances and collateral available to community development financial institutions.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 3/13/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1353 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to extend the period of exclusivity with respect to certain drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 3/13/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1361 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to eliminate the State option to reduce the home equity exemption amount for purposes of eligibility for long-term care assistance under Medicaid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 3/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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