Today’s Daily Update

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

House

 

Yesterday:

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1029, to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications and public participation, by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 121.
    • Rejected the Peters motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 120.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science, Space and Technology now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-10, shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • Grayson amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept 114-37) that prohibits an EPA Science Advisory Board member from participating in any advisory action for which there is evidence that the action may involve a specific party in which the member has an interest;
      • Polis amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept 114-37) that requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to solicit nominations for Advisory Board membership from (1) Institutions of Higher Education and (2) research institutions based in work relevant to that of the Board; and
      • McKinley amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-37) that prohibits an individual from sitting on the Board if they are currently receiving EPA contracts or grants; and then would prohibit them from being allowed to apply for, 3 years after serving as a Board member, for any EPA contracts or grants, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 119.
    • Rejected:
      • Bonamici substitute amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-37) that improves the selection of members for EPA’s Science Advisory Board by increasing transparency and ensuring balance among board participants; promotes public participation in the Board’s review process.
    • H. Res. 138, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1029) and (H.R. 1030), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 117, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 116.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, March 16th.
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: H.R. 1191, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 118.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1030 – Secret Science Reform Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Donna Edwards Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Kennedy / McGovern / Clark Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

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 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 72), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill.
      • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill.
      • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 73), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
      • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the bill.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for the victims of human trafficking.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture (again) on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178 and on the underlying bill. The filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the committee-reported substitute and the underlying bill is 1:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. The cloture vote on the substitute would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday. Senator McConnell also entered a motion to reconsider today’s failed cloture votes and could reconsider those at any point.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Cybersecurity and System Safeguards Testing

House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic
“What is Driving the Increasing Costs and Rising Losses from Disasters?” Roundtable

House Financial Services Committee
“Preserving Consumer Choice and Financial Independence”

House Budget Committee
Fiscal 2016 Budget

House Energy & Commerce
Data Security and Breach Notification Act Of 2015

House Education & the Workforce Committee
“Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal for the Department of Labor”

House Oversight & Government Reform
Cyber Threats And Private Sector

Senate Commerce Committee
FCC Oversight

Senate Budget Committee
Fiscal 2016 Budget

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.1410 : To amend the Small Business Act to require the implementation of a data quality improvement plan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Radewagen, Amata Coleman [AS] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

S.754 : An original bill to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Intelligence (Select)
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 28.

ENERGY

H.R.1388 : To improve the establishment of any lower ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (25)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.751 : A bill to improve the establishment of any lower ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.765 : A bill to appropriately determine the budgetary effects of energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1389 : To improve the mortgage finance system and the regulation of financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 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.1408 : To require certain Federal banking agencies to conduct a study of the appropriate capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets for nonsystemic banking institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1413 : To terminate Operation Choke Point.
Sponsor: Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

S.752 : A bill to establish a scorekeeping rule to ensure that increases in guarantee fees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shall not be used to offset provisions that increase the deficit.
Sponsor: Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

HEALTH

S.761 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to designate certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.763 : A bill to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.1387 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the determination of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without regard to alien agricultural seasonal workers.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1395 : To eliminate the payroll tax for individuals who have attained retirement age, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to remove the limitation upon the amount of outside income which an individual may earn while receiving benefits under such title, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1397 : To allow seniors to file their Federal income tax on a new Form 1040SR.
Sponsor: Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1400 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to transition the Medicaid thresholds applied for determining acceptable provider taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.767 : A bill to eliminate the payroll tax for individuals who have attained retirement age, to amend title II of the of Social Security Act to remove the limitation upon the amount of outside income which an individual may earn while receiving benefits under such title, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1392 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce the amount of Federal highway funding available to States that do not enact a law prohibiting the use of certain communication devices while operating a motor vehicle, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1393 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish an innovation in surface transportation program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1405 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure railroad safety.
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.762 : A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish an innovation in surface transportation program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] (introduced 3/17/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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