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 S.J. Res. 8, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Secret Science Reform Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1030, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 125.
    • Rejected the Takai 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 181 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 124.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-11 shall be considered as read.
    • Rejected:
      • Edwards amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-37) that authorizes $250 million for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2019, by a recorded vote of 164 ayes to 254 noes, Roll No. 122; and
      • Kennedy amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-37) that allows the EPA to use all peer-reviewed scientific publications, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 123.
  • H. Res. 138, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1029) and (H.R. 1030) was agreed to yesterday, March 17th.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • S.J. Res. 8 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • H. Res. 132 – Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller / House Administration Committee)

 

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:
      • The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on March 17, 2015, was agreed to.
    • The motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on March 17, 2015, was agreed to.
    • By 57 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 74), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration rejected the motion to close further debate on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 19, 2015, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill at 12 noon equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178 with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 12:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178 and on the underlying bill.
  • 12:00 noon—up to 2 roll call votes:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178; And if cloture is not invoked
    • Motion to invoke cloture on S.178.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Select Intelligence
Cyber Threats And American Businesses

House Financial Services Committee
“Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement”

Senate Armed Services Committee
FY16 Defense Authorization: Strategic, Transportation and Cyber Commands

Senate Finance Committee
The Affordable Care Act at Five Years

Senate Banking Committee
“Examining the Regulatory Regime for Regional Banks”

Senate Budget Committee
Fiscal 2016 Budget

 Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
“U.S. Crude Oil Export Policy”

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
Cyber Insurance Marketplace

House Appropriations
FY 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD

House Energy & Commerce
“FCC Reauthorization: Oversight of the Commission”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.785 : A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.791 : A bill to free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources to create jobs and generate economic growth by removing statutory and administrative barriers.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1422 : To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude a loan secured by a non-owner occupied 1- to 4-family dwelling from the definition of a member business loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.774 : A bill to amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.1416 : To prevent application of sequestration to payment for certain physician-administered drugs under part B of the Medicare program in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Budget; House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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.

H.R.1420 : To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to establish a surveillance system regarding traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1423 : To amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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.1427 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to specify coverage of continuous glucose monitoring devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.1439 : To provide paid family and medical leave benefits to certain individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (82)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1446 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide privacy protections that enable certain individuals to remove their profiles from the healthcare.gov website, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1455 : To require the Food and Drug Administration to expedite review of pharmaceuticals that are approved for marketing in the European Union.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.768 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.775 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.776 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to medication therapy management under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.786 : A bill to provide paid and family medical leave benefits to certain individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1430 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the look-through treatment of payments between related controlled foreign corporations.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1433 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the establishment of supermarkets in certain underserved areas.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1431 : To amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to prohibit the preemption of State stalking laws.
Sponsor: Rep Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [GA-1] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.769 : A bill to streamline the permit process for rail and transit infrastructure.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 3/18/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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