Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continued consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for victims of human trafficking and rejected the motion to close further debate on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill. The House passed 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:

  • 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: The House passed 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 128, after the previous question was ordered.
  • H. Res. 152, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 8) and the resolution (H. Res. 132), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 127, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 126.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: 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 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 75), 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 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 76), 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.
  • Budget Committee Reporting–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, that on Friday, March 20, 2015, between 12 noon and 2 p.m., it be in order for the Budget Committee to report out a concurrent resolution and that it be in order for the Senate to begin consideration of that resolution on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate is not is session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.1460 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (57)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1482 : To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1487 : To free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources to create jobs and generate economic growth by removing statutory and administrative barriers.
Sponsor: Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture; House Judiciary; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, the Judiciary, 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.1503 : To require the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the Secretary of Labor, to establish a program to provide for workforce training and education, at community colleges, in sustainable energy.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.1515 : To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require testing of underground sources of drinking water in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.822 : A bill to expand geothermal production, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1463 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide for a one-year employment restriction for ex-employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to work for companies against which the Commission brought enforcement actions that were participated on by such ex-employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1476 : To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from providing bailouts or other financial assistance to a pension plan of a State or political subdivision thereof, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Babin, Brian [TX-36] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.1478 : To provide for notice to, and input by, State insurance commissioners when requiring an insurance company to serve as a source of financial strength or when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation places a lien against an insurance company’s assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1480 : To ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dold, Robert J. [IL-10] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1486 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to bring the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into the regular appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1491 : To reform the housing finance system of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1514 : To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide protections for active duty military consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-38] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.798 : A bill to provide for notice to, and input by, State insurance commissioners when requiring an insurance company to serve as a source of financial strength or when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation places a lien against an insurance company’s assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.812 : A bill to enhance the ability of community financial institutions to foster economic growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase individual savings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.819 : A bill to reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.1458 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide bundled payments for post-acute care services under parts A and B of Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 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.

H.R.1469 : To improve, coordinate, and enhance rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1470 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, for a pe

H.R.1479 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply budget neutrality on a State-specific basis in the calculation of the Medicare hospital wage index floor for non-rural areas.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1499 : To provide for the publication by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of physical activity recommendations for Americans.
Sponsor: Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1502 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend for 5 years payment parity with Medicare for primary care services furnished under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1516 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage and payment for complex rehabilitation technology items under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 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.1517 : To provide greater clarity in the regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, and hookahs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1520 : To amend titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Social Security Surplus Protection Account in the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund to hold the Social Security surplus and a Medicare Surplus Protection Account in the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund to hold the Medicare surplus, to provide for suspension of investment of amounts held in such Accounts until enactment of legislation providing for investment of the Trust Funds in investment vehicles other than obligations of the United States, and to establish a Social Security and Medicare Part A Investment Commission to make recommendations for alternative forms of investment of the Social Security and Medicare surpluses.
Sponsor: Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.800 : A bill to improve, coordinate, and enhance rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.810 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1464 : To impose a tax on certain trading transactions to invest in our families and communities, improve our infrastructure and our environment, strengthen our financial security, expand opportunity and reduce market volatility.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1492 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and improve the credit for dependent care expenses and to provide a credit for education of employees of child care centers.
Sponsor: Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1494 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit rollovers from retirement plans to health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1511 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for qualified elementary and secondary education tuition.
Sponsor: Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

S.807 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform and reset the excise tax on beer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.809 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for qualified elementary and secondary education tuition.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.820 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and make the credit fully refundable.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1483 : To amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, to repeal wage requirements applicable to laborers and mechanics employed on Federal-aid highway and public transportation construction projects.
Sponsor: Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

S.797 : A bill to amend the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.808 : A bill to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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