Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of the budget resolution. The House considered H. Res. 173 providing for consideration of H.R. 2 to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 173 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes, and providing for proceedings during the period from March 27, 2015, through April 10, 2015.”
    • On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 402 – 12, 5 Present (Roll no. 143).
    • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 173. H.R. 2 — “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.”
  • On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 392 – 37 (Roll no. 144).

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • BRoll Call Votes:
    • Sanders amendment #881 (Minimum Wage); not agreed to: 48-52.
    • Stabenow amendment #523 (Bring Jobs Home); not agreed to 46-54.
    • Wyden amendment #1012 (Medicaid); not agreed to; 47-53.
    • Sanders motion to waive point of order with respect to Rubio amendment #423, as modified (Increase Defense); not agreed to: 32-68.
    • Sanders motion to waive point of order with respect to Paul amendment # 940 as modified (Defense Increase); not agreed to: 4-96.
    • Murray amendment #798 (Paid Sick Time); agreed to: 61-39.
    • Moran amendment #356 (Veterans Health Care); agreed to 100-0.
    • Baldwin amendment #432 (Community College); not agreed to: 45-55.
    • Collins amendment # 810 (Federal Pell Grants); agreed to by voice vote.
    • Franken amendment #828 (Federal Pell Grants); not agreed to 46-54.
    • Murray Wyden #1026 (side by side to Scott #692); agreed to by voice vote.
    • Scott amendment #692 (Health Insurance Disclosures); agreed to: 56-44.
    • Blunt amendment #928 (Carbon Emissions); agreed to 58-42.
    • Durbin amendment #817 (Corporate Inversion); not agreed to 46-54
    • Vitter Amendment #515 (Common Core);
    • Bennet # 947 (small business expensing); agreed to by voice vote
    • Murkowski amendment #838 (federal land); agreed to: 51-49
    • Whitehouse amendment #867 (campaign finance); not agreed to: 47-52
    • Inhofe amendment #649 as modified (Arms Trade); agreed to: 59-41
    • Kirk amendment #545 as modified (Iran Sanctions); agreed to: 100-0
    • Coons amendment #966 as modified (Islamic State Sanctions); not agreed to: 47-52
    • Isakson # 839 (Iran Hostages); agreed to by voice vote
    • Stabenow # 1072 (Medicare cuts); not agreed to: 46-54
    • Portman # 689 (Dynamic Scoring); agreed to: 59-41
    • Casey # 632 (pregnant workers); agreed to: 100-0
    • Thune amendment #607 (Federal estate tax); agreed to: 54-46
    • Bennet # 1014 (Climate change); agreed to: 53-47
    • McConnell amendment #836 (Greenhouse gas emissions); agreed to: 57-43
    • Merkley amendment #842 (consumer finance protection); not agreed to: 46-54
    • Gardner amendment #443 (Water Rights); agreed to: 59-41
    • Murray amendment #951 (Preschool Programs); not agreed to: 46-54
    • Blumenthal amendment #825 (Veterans & Service members); agreed to by voice vote
    • Flake #665 (Construction contracts/labor); agreed to: 51-49
    • Sanders #475 (Postal Service); agreed to by voice vote
    • Hatch #1029 (Corporate income tax rate); agreed to by voice vote
    • Schatz #1063 (SS/Same-sex spouses); agreed to: 57-43
    • Kirk amendment #1038 (state minimum wage); agreed to: 57-43
    • Nelson motion to waive point of order with respect to Nelson #944 (Censor publicly-funded climate science); not agreed to:51-49
    • McCain #360 as modified (Unaccompanied children); agreed to: 58-42
    • Wyden #968 (Middle class tax relief); agreed to: 73-27
    • Lee #750 as modified (Federal Land); agreed to:56-43
    • Reed #919 (Corporate Compensation); not agreed to: 44-54
    • Cotton # 659 (Critical Habitat); agreed to: 52-42
    • Menendez #993 (National do-not-call-registry); agreed to by voice vote
    • Cotton motion to waive point of order with respect to Cotton #664 (GITMO); not agreed to: 48-48
    • Brown #994 (Too big to fail); agreed to by voice vote
    • Vitter #811 (No Washington exemption-healthcare); agreed to: 52-46
    • Warren #1094, as modified (social security); not agreed to: 42-56
    • Lee #855 (reconciliation); agreed to: 54-44
    • Cardin #367 (voter suppression); not agreed to: 47-51
    • Rubio #552 (Israel); agreed to by voice vote
    • Kaine #1047, as modified (sequester); agreed to: 50-48
    • Managers Package agreed to by voice vote
    • Passage of S.Con.Res.11, Budget; agreed to: 52-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Prior to adjourning, the Senate reached an agreement by unanimous consent that if the Senate receives a veto message to accompany S.J.Res.8, the message be considered as having been read, be printed in the Record, spread in full upon the Journal, held at the desk, and that the Senate proceed to its consideration at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader with concurrence of the Democratic Leader but no later than Thursday April 30th, 2015. (S.J.Res.8, A joint resolution 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.)
    • Passed Calendar #23, S.535—Energy Efficiency by voice vote
    • Passed H.R.1092—Grogan-Dove FBI Building
    • Passed H.R.1527—Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions
    • Passed H.J.Res.10—Smithsonian Regent
    • Adopted S.Res.105—Greece
    • Adopted S.Res.127—Perelman School of Medicine
    • Adopted S.Res.128—Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    • Adopted S.Res.126—Joint Committee Printing/Library
    • Adopted S.Res.125—National Asbestos Awareness Week
    • Adopted S.Res.129—National FPIES Awareness Day
    • Agreed to H.Con.Res.31—House adjournment resolution
    • Agreed to H.Con.Res.32—Senate adjournment resolution

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.1704 : To establish a nation data breach notification standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

ENERGY

H.R.1647 : To recognize States’ authority to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1679 : To ensure the safe transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garamendi, John [CA-3] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1684 : To amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Curbelo, Carlos [FL-26] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1719 : To expand geothermal production, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1659 : To amend certain provisions of the securities laws relating to the treatment of emerging growth companies.
Sponsor: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1660 : To amend the Home Owners’ Loan Act to allow Federal savings associations to elect to operate as national banks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1661 : To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to allow mutual capital certificates to satisfy capital requirements for mutual depositories.
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1673 : To amend the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 to establish a secondary reserve fund for a housing enterprise under conservatorship to protect taxpayers against loss in the event of a housing downturn, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1675 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans.
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1703 : To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to create protected credit reports for minors and protect the credit of minors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1723 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise Form S-1 so as to permit smaller reporting companies to use forward incorporation by reference for such form.
Sponsor: Rep Wagner, Ann [MO-2] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1650 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and eligible professionals to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 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.1653 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion of Medicare coverage for hearing aids and examinations therefor, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dingell, Debbie [MI-12] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 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.1664 : To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current group and individual health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and

H.R.1665 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the excise tax on liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.
Sponsor: Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1686 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 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.

TAX

H.R.1643 : To promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.1652 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to provide for the purchase of paper United States savings bonds with tax refunds.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Ways and Means

H.R.1657 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent claims of the earned income tax credit by individuals receiving work authorizations pursuant to deferred action programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1662 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to replace the mortgage interest deduction with a nonrefundable credit for indebtedness secured by a residence, to provide affordable housing to extremely low-income families, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.1687 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions in priority populations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 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.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1663 : To greatly enhance America’s path toward energy independence and economic and national security, to rebuild our Nation’s aging roads, bridges, locks, and dams, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Budget; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Rules, the Budget, and 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.

H.R.1692 : To require public employees to perform the inspection of State and local surface transportation projects, and related essential public functions, to ensure public safety, the cost-effective use of transportation funding, and timely project delivery.
Sponsor: Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1694 : To amend MAP-21 to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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.1724 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce Federal spending on surface transportation programs by limiting State and local taxation on purchases of construction materials made with funds made available from the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Westerman, Bruce [AR-4] (introduced 3/26/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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