Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of the budget resolution. The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 27 establishing a budget for FY16 and setting appropriate budgetary levels for FY17 through FY25.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025: The House agreed to 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 142.
    • Agreed to:
      • Price (GA) amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that increases new budget authority for the Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism function (Function 970) by $2 billion, from $94 billion to $96 billion in Fiscal Year 2016. The amendment increases the outlay amounts for OCO over the period of Fiscal Years 2016 to 2025. As a consequence of the increase in OCO/GWOT, conforming increases are made in total budget authority and outlays, deficits, interest, debt subject to limit, and debt held by the public. Even with the increase in overall budget and outlays, the budget resolution remains in balance in Fiscal Year 2024 and thereafter. The amendment also strikes a deficit-neutral reserve fund for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism in section 513 of the reported resolution (by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 208 noes, Roll No. 141).
    • Rejected:
      • Ellison amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that sought to establish funding levels to provide the opportunities American families need. The budget creates 8.4 million high quality jobs, while reducing the deficit and providing a boost to Americas long-term global competitiveness (by a recorded vote of 96 ayes to 330 noes, Roll No. 136);
      • Butterfield amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that sought to make investments in education, job training, transportation and infrastructure, and advanced research and development programs that will accelerate our economic recovery. It includes funding for a comprehensive jobs bill and targeted investments to reduce and eradicate poverty in America. Additionally, the amendment protects the social safety net without cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or SNAP. The amendment raises new revenue by making our tax system fairer, saving more than $1.9 trillion on the deficit over the next decade. The amendment will reduce our annual budget deficit to 2.3% of GDP by FY 2025 (by a recorded vote of 120 ayes to 306 noes, Roll No. 137);
      • Stutzman amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that sought to establish the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025. Balances in six years, encourages pro-growth tax reform, and provides for our national defense (by a recorded vote of 132 ayes to 294 noes, Roll No. 138);
      • Van Hollen amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that reflects policies that will put the federal budget on a fiscally responsible path, with debt declining as a share of the economy. It sought to provide for tax policies that help the middle class and those working their way into the middle class by raising the take-home pay of hard-working Americans, and rejects the sequester caps to make needed investments that create jobs for those still seeking work, that educate our children and prepare them for success, and that sharpen the nations competitive edge (by a recorded vote of 160 ayes to 264 noes, Roll No. 139); and
      • Price (GA) amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-49) that sought to retain the $94 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism function (Function 970) in Fiscal Year 2016. The amendment also retains a deficit-neutral reserve fund for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism in section 513. This section permits the Chair of the Committee on the Budget to adjust the 302(a) allocations to the Committee on Appropriations, and other appropriate levels, for any appropriations measure that provides new budget authority for Overseas Contingency Operations in excess of $73.5 billion up to $94 billion in Fiscal Year 2016 (by a recorded vote of 105 ayes to 319 noes, Roll No. 140).
    • H. Res. 163, the rule providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 27) was agreed to yesterday, March 24th.

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.
  • H.R. 2 – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • BUDGET RESOLUTION–AGREEMENT: Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Burr Amendment No. 622, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to manageable Federal student loan repayment options.
      • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 87), Stabenow Amendment No. 755, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to keeping the Federal Water Pollution Control Act focused on protection of water quality, to establish bright lines for Federal jurisdiction, and to create clear and unambiguous exemptions for features that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, claim they are not seeking to regulate.
      • By 59 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 88), Barrasso Amendment No. 347, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund to keep the Federal Water Pollution Control Act focused on protection of water quality, to establish bright lines for Federal jurisdiction, and to create clear and unambiguous exemptions for features that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, claim they are not seeking to regulate.
      • Hatch Amendment No. 796, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to saving Medicare.
      • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 92), Cotton Amendment No. 481, to establish a deficit-neutral fund relating to supporting Israel.
    • Rejected:
      • By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 86), Reed (for Warren) Amendment No. 652, to make college more affordable for middle-class families by allowing borrowers with outstanding Federal and private student loans to refinance at the equivalent interest rates that were offered to Federal student loan borrowers during the 2013-2014 school year and to fully offset the cost of such a program by requiring millionaires to pay at least a 30 percent effective Federal tax rate.
      • By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 89), Sanders/Whitehouse Modified Amendment No. 777, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to recognize that climate change is real and caused by human activity and that Congress needs to take action to cut carbon pollution.
      • By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 91), Murray Amendment No. 801, to build on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by restoring a below-sequester level cut of $9,000,000,000 to nondefense discretionary spending in 2017, replacing sequestration in 2016 and 2017 and increasing funding above sequester levels by a total of $148,000,000,000 for the 2 years, increasing defense and nondefense discretionary spending above sequester levels by equal amounts, eliminating the overseas contingency operations gimmick contained in the committee-reported resolution, and offsetting the net increase in defense and nondefense discretionary spending by closing tax loopholes.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Blunt/Thune Amendment No. 350, to create a point of order against legislation that would create a Federal tax or fee on carbon emissions.
    • Pending:
      • Enzi (for Kirk) Amendment No. 545, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to reimposing waived sanctions and imposing new sanctions against Iran for violations of the Joint Plan of Action or a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
      • Rounds/Inhofe Amendment No. 412, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from engaging in closed-door settlement agreements that ignore impacted States and counties.
      • Rubio Modified Amendment No. 423, to increase new budget authority fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and modify outlays for fiscal years 2016 through 2022 for National Defense (budget function 050).
      • Daines Amendment No. 388, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the designation of national monuments.
      • Daines Amendment No. 389, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to holding Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives accountable for failing to pass a balanced budget.
      • Moran Amendment No. 356, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing health care to veterans who reside more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides the care sought by the veteran.
      • Roberts/Flake Amendment No. 352, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to Federal employee performance awards.
      • Roberts Amendment No. 462, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to over-the-counter medications.
      • Vitter Amendment No. 515, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to requiring the Federal Government to allow states to opt out of Common Core without penalty.
      • Vitter Amendment No. 811, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ending Washington’s illegal exemption from Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
      • Gardner Amendment No. 443, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to protecting privately held water rights and permits.
      • Coats/Warner Amendment No. 595, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to improve cybersecurity.
      • Coats Amendment No. 368, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing States the Medicaid flexibility they need to implement innovative reforms to improve care and enhance access for our Nation’s most
      • Daines Amendment No. 465, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to Second Amendment rights.
      • Daines Amendment No. 387, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to postal reform.
      • Wyden/Crapo Amendment No. 434, to provide for an adjustment to committee allocations for wildfire suppression funding.
      • Paul Amendment No. 940, to increase new budget authority for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and modify outlays for fiscal years 2016 through 2022 for National Defense (budget function 050) with offsets.
      • Sanders (for Murray/Alexander) Amendment No. 697, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund for legislation that reforms and strengthens elementary and secondary education.
      • Sanders (for Murray) Amendment No. 798, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund for legislation to allow Americans to earn paid sick time.
      • Sanders (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 800, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to a comprehensive approach to crude-by-rail safety.
      • Sanders (for Murray) Amendment No. 812, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to provide women with affordable access to comprehensive health care, including preventative services (such as contraception and breast cancer screenings), improve maternal health, and ensure that a woman has the same benefits and services no matter what part of the United States she lives in, all of which is critical to improving the health and well-being of women, children, their families, and society as a whole, and is an essential part of a woman’s economic security and
      • Sanders (for Murray) Amendment No. 951, to establish and fund a new Federal-State partnership to expand access to high-quality preschool programs for children from low-and moderate-income families, offset with revenue from closing loopholes.
      • Sanders (for Durbin/Coons) Amendment No. 345, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to increasing funding for Federal investments in biomedical and basic scientific research.
      • Sanders (for Durbin) Amendment No. 817, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to provide tax benefits to patriot employers that invest in American jobs and provide fair pay and benefits to workers and to eliminate tax benefits for corporations that ship jobs or profits overseas.
      • McCain/Flake Amendment No. 360, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to deterring the migration of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
      • Wyden/Bennet Amendment No. 708, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to simplifying and expanding tax incentives for higher education to boost student attendance and completion.
      • Wyden Amendment No. 791, to strike reconciliation instructions to the Committees on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Finance and require regular order.
      • Wyden Amendment No. 870, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to extending tax provisions expiring in 2013 or 2014 for 2 years, such as those contained in the EXPIRE Act of 2014.
      • Heller Amendment No. 453, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that the Secretary of Transportation prioritizes the construction of projects that are of national and regional significance and projects in high priority corridors on the National Highway System, which will improve the safe, secure, and efficient movement of people and goods through the United States and facilitate economic development and create jobs in the United States.
      • Heller Amendment No. 452, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that the Secretary of the Interior enters into candidate conservation agreements with each of the relevant 11 Western States before the United States Fish and Wildlife Service makes a listing determination on the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
      • Heller Amendment No. 457, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to prohibition of Veterans Benefits Administration executive bonuses until the backlog of disability claims for veterans is eliminated.
      • Heller Amendment No. 456, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs meet the privacy, dignity, and safety needs of women veterans.
      • Coons/Bennet Amendment No. 343, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to preserving mandatory appropriations for agricultural conservation programs.
      • Coons Amendment No. 391, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the expansion of access to the income tax credit for employee health insurance expenses of small employers.
      • Coons/Rubio Amendment No. 392, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to promoting the use of college savings accounts while students are in elementary school and secondary school.
      • Coons Amendment No. 394, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to special treatment of the income tax credit for research expenditures for startup companies.
      • Coons Amendment No. 802, to offset the costs of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
      • Baldwin Amendment No. 432, to provide additional resources to create the opportunity for more Americans to obtain a higher education and advanced job skills by supporting two free years of community college paid for by raising revenue through requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.
      • Baldwin Amendment No. 436, to preserve the point of order against the reconciliation legislation that would increase the deficit or reduce a surplus.
      • Manchin Amendment No. 694, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to investing in advanced fossil energy technology research and development.
      • Manchin Amendment No. 578, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to addressing methamphetamine abuse in the United States.
      • Whitehouse Amendment No. 700, to ensure high-income earners pay a fair share in taxes and to use the revenue to invest in repairing our Nation’s bridges, coastal infrastructure, and damage from widlfires.
      • Whitehouse/Udall Amendment No. 867, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence elections by making unlimited undisclosed campaign expenditures, and to prevent such entities from evading campaign finance law, including through making false statements to government agencies.
      • Whitehouse Amendment No. 895, to prohibit budget resolutions that support cutting over $1,000,000,000,000 in spending without identifying specific programmatic effects.
      • Casey Amendment No. 632, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.
      • Casey Amendment No. 633, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to enhancing the child and dependent care tax credit.
      • Merkley/Coons Amendment No. 842, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to consumer financial protection.
      • Merkley Amendment No. 843, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to restoring reductions in the Republican budget to the Stafford loan program that would mandate that students currently in college pay interest on their loans before they have received their education benefits, to make college more affordable, to reduce the debt burden of students, and to help graduates afford to pay back student loans.
      • Merkley/Brown Amendment No. 952, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to establishing a more level playing field in trade agreements.
      • Merkley Amendment No. 953, to save student financial aid and reduce the student loan debt levels in the Republican budget by 15 percent by eliminating new mandated interest charged while students are still in school.
      • Blumenthal Amendment No. 825, to expand the deficit-neutral reserve fund for veterans and servicemembers.
      • Cassidy Amendment No. 341, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to the promotion of United States offshore energy production.
      • Cassidy Amendment No. 539, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to improving Medicaid based on successful and bipartisan State demonstration projects.
      • Cassidy Amendment No. 795, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to authorizing Federal permitting for manufacturing and energy construction projects relating to national primary or secondary ambient air quality standard for ozone lower than a certain existing standard.
      • Coons (for Bennet) Amendment No. 715, to create clean energy jobs through predictable and fair incentives for renewable energy.
      • Murkowski (for Thune) Amendment No. 607, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for the permanent elimination of the Federal estate tax.
      • Murkowski (for Thune) Amendment No. 743, to reduce funding for the General Services Administration by $1,000,000 until 50 percent of counties in nonattainment for the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone as of January 30, 2015, achieve the air quality standard set forth in the 1997 NAAQS, and direct those funds to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of helping municipalities reach attainment with the 2008 NAAQS for ground-level ozone, acknowledging that (1) given limited State and Federal resources and the delay of the Administrator in issuing to States implementation guidance for the 2008 ground-level ozone NAAQS, priority should be given to achieving the 2008 standard, (2) the Administrator has not sufficiently implemented that standard, (3) focusing by the Administrator on the most polluted areas that are in nonattainment with that standard would benefit public health, and (4) promulgating a lower standard at this time would impose undue costs on the economy and workforce of the United States.
      • Murkowski/Sullivan Amendment No. 838, to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to the disposal of certain Federal land.
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 770, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the construction of Arctic polar icebreakers.
      • Gardner (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 485, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to provide equity in the tax treatment of public safety officer death benefits.
      • Gardner (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 490, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to address the disproportionate regulatory burdens on community bankers.
      • Gardner (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 852, to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing small business regulatory relief and preventing duplicative regulations for investment advisors.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 90), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline pursuant to Section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of, with respect to Stabenow (for Bennet) Amendment No. 601, to create a point of order against legislation that would privatize Medicare, cut guaranteed benefits, increase out-of-pocket spending, or turn Medicare into a premium support plan. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was sustained, and the amendment was ruled out of order.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the concurrent resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 26, 2015; and that all debate time on the concurrent resolution be considered expired at 12 noon.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.11, the budget resolution.
  • All debate time on the budget resolution will be considered expired at 12:00 noon. Senators should expect a long series of roll call votes beginning at 12:00 noon.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Quadrennial Energy Review”

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
“Opioid Prescription Policy”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Business Meeting: “Judiciary Issues”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Prescription Drug And Heroin Abuse Issues”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Labor-HHS-Education”

CFPB
Field Hearing on Payday Lending

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

H.R.1597 : To reform the acquisition system of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Armed Services; House Small Business; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committees on Small Business, Science, Space, and Technology, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

ENERGY

H.R.1616 : To authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines and establish deadlines and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land.
Sponsor: Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1601 : To clarify membership requirements for the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Sponsor: Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1605 : To abolish the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Amash, Justin [MI-3] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1625 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit certain securities trading and related communications by those who possess material, nonpublic information.
Sponsor: Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1599 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.1600 : To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to limit co-payment, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing requirements applicable to prescription drugs in a specialty drug tier to the dollar amount (or its equivalent) of such requirements applicable to prescription drugs in a non-preferred brand drug tier, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (50)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1608 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 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.1624 : To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to revise the definition of small employer.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1631 : To improve, coordinate, and enhance rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.861 : A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to curb waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1609 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to regulate tax return preparers.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.860 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (27)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1606 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a national intersection and interchange safety construction program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Emmer, Tom [MN-6] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1612 : To amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to extend Interstate Route 11.
Sponsor: Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1620 : To expedite the deployment of highway construction projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 3/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.