Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of the budget resolution and the House will begin consideration of the budget resolution.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015: H.R. 233, to allow reviews of certain families’ incomes every 3 years for purposes of determining eligibility for certain Federal assisted housing programs;
    • Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015: H.R. 360, amended, to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 297 yeas to 98 nays, Roll No. 130;
    • Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity: H. Res. 162, calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, by a yea-and-nay vote of 348 yeas to 48 nays, Roll No. 131;
    • Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga: H. Res. 53, amended, Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read ”Condemning the cowardly attacks on innocent men, women, and children in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram and urging a peaceful and credible national election.”
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015: H.R. 216, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a Future-Years Veterans Program and a quadrennial veterans review, and to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Chief Strategy Officer.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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 between 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • Begin Consideration of H. Con. Res. 27 – Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Budget Committee)
    • The Rule provides for four hours of general debate with three hours controlled by the Budget Committee and one hour controlled by the Joint Economic Committee. Amendments will not be considered until Wednesday.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1092 – To designate the Federal building located at 2030 Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the “Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Bureau of Investigation Miami Field Office”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Budget Resolution–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Sanders/Wyden Amendment No. 323, to create millions of middle class jobs by investing in our nation’s infrastructure paid for by raising revenue through closing loopholes in the corporate and international tax system.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate resumes consideration of the concurrent resolution on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, there be 38 hours of debate time remaining.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the concurrent resolution at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, March 24, 2015; and that all time during the recess count against the time remaining on the concurrent resolution.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.11, the budget resolution. When the Senate resumes consideration of S.Con.Res.11, there will be 38 hours of debate time remaining.
    • Senators should expect a roll call vote on the pending Sanders amendment #323 (infrastructure) around noon with at least one additional roll call vote in the stack before lunch (likely in relation to yet to be named side by side to Sanders).
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Joint Meeting with the President of Afghanistan on Wednesday at 11:00am
  • As a reminder, on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress in the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. Senators will gather in the chamber at 10:35am and depart as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives at 10:40am. The Senate will be in recess for the joint meeting.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

MEDCAC Meeting
Molecular Pathology Testing to Estimate Prognosis in Cancer

House Ways & Means Committee
“The Use of Data to Stop Medicare Fraud”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program”

Senate HELP Committee
“Continuing America’s Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients”

House Financial Services House Financial Services Committee
“Examining the SEC’s Agenda, Operations, and FY 2016 Budget Request”

Senate Banking Committee
“Examining The Regulatory Regime For Regional Banks”

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
“Surface Transportation Reauthorization”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“The Internet of Things: Exploring the Next Technology Frontier”

House Appropriations Committee
“FY 2016 Federal Communications Commission Budget Request”

House Agriculture Committee
“Reauthorizing CFTC: End-User Views”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Role in Operation Choke Point”

Senate Banking Committee
“Capital Formation And Reducing Small Business Burdens”

Federal Transit Administration
“State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program NPRM Webinar”

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
“Unmanned Aircraft Systems”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Subcommittee Markup on “H.R.__, Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015” – Opening Statements Only

 

Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.1548 : To amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (45)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.830 : A bill to increase the maximum percentage of funds available to the Department of Energy for laboratory directed research and development.
Sponsor: Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1523 : To provide relief to community banks and promote their access to capital, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1525 : To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to make certain improvements to form 10-K and regulation S-K, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1529 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for community financial institutions with respect to certain rules relating to mortgage loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-30] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1550 : To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to improve the transparency of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, to improve the SIFI designation process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1553 : To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to specify which smaller institutions may qualify for an 18-month examination cycle.
Sponsor: Rep Tipton, Scott R. [CO-3] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.838 : Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.1526 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify policies relating to payment under the Medicare program for durable medical equipment, orthotics and prosthetics, and prosthetic devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 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.1530 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to refine how Medicare pays for orthotics and prosthetics, to improve beneficiary experience and outcomes with orthotic and prosthetic care, and to streamline the Medicare administrative appeals process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 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.1537 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize a program of priority review to encourage treatments for rare pediatric diseases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1547 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal certain limitations on health care benefits enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1552 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials used in the treatment of human and animal diseases.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.829 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to refine how Medicare pays for orthotics and prosthetics and to improve beneficiary experience and outcomes with orthotic and prosthetic care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.839 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the rural add-on payment in the Medicare home health benefit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1533 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Adams, Alma S. [NC-12] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1536 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make permanent the research credit.
Sponsor: Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1544 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the estate and gift tax.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1551 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phaseout the Mass Transit Account.
Sponsor: Rep Sanford, Mark [SC-1] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.836 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal certain limitations on health care benefits enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 3/23/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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