Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act: H.R. 639, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing;
    • Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act: H.R. 647, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 113;
    • Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act: H.R. 648, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 15 nays, Roll No. 114;
    • Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act: H.R. 876, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 115; and
    • Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 284, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive acquisition program.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1029 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension vote on H.R. 1191 – Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking, taking action on the following amendments and motions 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 a.m., on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill at 11 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for second-degree amendments to the bill be at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. EX. 71), Carlos A. Monje, Jr., of Louisiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation.
    • Manson K. Brown, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178, with the time until 11:00am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
    • The filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178 and the underlying bill is set for 10:30am.
  • Tuesday, 11:00am—Up to 2 roll call votes:
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking.
    • If cloture is not invoked, motion to invoke cloture on S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Transportation & Infrastructure
Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Senate Finance Committee
“Building a Competitive U.S. International Tax System”

House Appropriations
“FY 2016 Dept. of Labor Budget Request”

House Financial Services
State of the International Financial System

House Oversight
“FCC: Process and Transparency”

Senate HELP
“Health IT Innovation”

House Appropriations
FY2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD

House Energy & Commerce
“EPA’s Proposed 111(d) Rule for Existing Power Plants: Legal and Cost Issues”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“Reality Check: The Impact and Achievability of EPA’s Proposed Ozone Standards”

House Agriculture Committee
“Definition of Waters of the U.S.”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.1366 : To amend title II of the Social Security Act to set the retirement benefits age for today’s eight-year-olds at age 70.
Sponsor: Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1373 : To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider, within the annual rulemaking processes, the effect of regulatory changes to certain Medicare payment systems on provider consolidation.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 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.

TAX

H.R.1368 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent foreign diplomats from being eligible to receive health insurance premium tax credits and health insurance cost-sharing reductions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs, 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.1377 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for tax preferred savings accounts for dependent youth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.745 : A bill to provide debt and tax transparency to taxpayers.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1371 : To improve the Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 3/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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