Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. The Senate will complete consideration of the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015: S. 535, to promote energy efficiency;
    • Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015: H.R. 471, amended, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse;
    • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby: H. Con. Res. 21, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby; and
    • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition: H. Con. Res. 25, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 162.
  • Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act: The House considered H.R. 1195, to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish advisory boards. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Pursuant to H. Res. 200, the amendment printed in part C of H. Rept. 114-74 shall be considered as adopted.
    • Agreed to:
      • Kuster amendment (No. 2 printed in part D of H. Rept. 114-74) that encourages the CFPB Director to ensure the participation of veteran-owned small business concerns in the Small Business Advisory Board.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Kuster amendment (No. 1 printed in part D of H. Rept. 114-74) that seeks to require the CFPB Director to include representatives of minority- and women-owned small business concerns in the membership of the Small Business Advisory Board, and to include financial institutions predominantly serving traditionally under-served communities and populations and their interests in the membership of the Credit Union Advisory Council and Community Bank Advisory Council.
    • H. Res. 200, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 622), (H.R. 1105), and (H.R. 1195) was agreed to on April 15th.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1195 – Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate.
    • Postponed Amendment Vote on Rep. Ann Kuster Amendment #1
  • H.R. 1560 – Protecting Cyber Networks Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Devin Nunes Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Tony Cárdenas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. André Carson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Jackson Lee / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

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 amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 1120, to strengthen the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by incorporating additional bipartisan amendments.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that when the Senate continues consideration of the bill on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Senator Cornyn, or his designee, be recognized to withdraw McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 1120, and offer Amendments No. 1124 and No. 301; that there then be one hour of debate, equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on Leahy Amendment No. 301, followed by a vote on Amendment No. 1124, both with a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption; that if the Cornyn-Murray amendment is agreed to, the time until 2 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form, and Senate vote on the following amendments in the order listed, with two minutes of debate equally divided before each vote: Cornyn Amendment No. 1127 (side by side to Leahy Amendment No. 290), Leahy Amendment No. 290, Brown Amendment No. 311, Burr Amendment No. 1121, Kirk Modified Amendment No. 273; that amendments in the preceding list each be subject to a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption, and that following disposition of these amendments, there then be five minutes equally divided in the usual form, followed by votes on the following amendments (which have been cleared by the managers and should be adopted by voice vote): Klobuchar Amendment No. 296, Hoeven Modified Amendment No. 299, Sullivan Amendment No. 279, Wicker Amendment No. 1126, Flake Amendment No. 294, Cassidy Amendment No. 308, Portman Amendment No. 1128 (the same as 270 with modification), Brown Amendment No. 310, Brown Amendment No. 312, Heller Amendment No. 1122, and Shaheen Amendment No. 303; that there be no second-degree amendments in order to any of the amendments listed, and that following disposition of Shaheen Amendment No. 303, the committee-reported substitute, as amended be agreed to, and Senate vote on passage of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
  • Lynch Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
  • Prior to adjourning, the Senate reached an agreement to complete action on S.178, Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act of 2015. On Wednesday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178. Senator Cornyn will be recognized to withdraw the pending Cornyn amendment and offer amendments #1124 and #301. There will then be 1 hour for debate, equally divided in the usual form, and upon the use or yielding back of time—approximately 10:40am—the Senate will vote on the Leahy amendment #301, followed by a vote on Cornyn-Murray-Klobuchar amendment #1124. If the amendment is agreed to, the time until 2:00pm will be equally divided and the Senate will then vote on adoption of the following amendments, each subject to a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption:
    • Cornyn SA #1127 (side by side to Leahy #290)
    • Leahy SA #290 (Reauthorize Homeless and Runaway Youth)
    • Brown SA #311 ((parental rights)
    • Burr SA #1121 (sex offender list)
    • Kirk SA #273, as modified (commercial advertising)
  • Following the disposition of the above amendments, there will be 5 minutes equally divided followed by votes on the following amendments (which are expected to be adopted by voice vote):
    • Klobuchar SA #296 (Stop Exploitation through Sex Trafficking)
    • Hoeven SA #299, as modified (data collection)
    • Sullivan SA #279 (cross designation)
    • Wicker SA #1126 (public database)
    • Flake SA #294 (GAO study)
    • Cassidy SA #308 (health care professionals)
    • Portman SA #1128 (child protective services)
    • Brown SA #310 (homeless and runaway youth)
    • Brown SA #312 (Federal government training)
    • Heller SA #1122 (DHS training)
    • Shaheen SA #303 (Victim recovery and rehabilitation)
  • Following disposition of the Shaheen amendment, the committee-reported substitute as amended will be agreed to and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage.
  • Wednesday at approximately 10:40am – 2 roll call votes:
    • Adoption of Leahy SA #301 (substitute);
    • Adoption of Cornyn-Murray-Klobuchar SA #1124 (victims support without expanded Hyde)
  • Wednesday at 2:00pm—Up to 6 roll call votes; 11 voice votes expected:
    • Cornyn SA #1127 (side by side to Leahy #290)
    • Leahy SA #290 (Reauthorize Homeless and Runaway Youth)
    • Brown SA #311 (parental rights)
    • Burr SA #1121 (sex offender list)
    • Kirk SA #273, as modified (commercial advertising)
    • Passage of S.178, as amended, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015
  • Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States. By the rules, that cloture vote will occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday. The hope is that her confirmation vote will also take place on Thursday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Natural Resources Committee
“Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident”

House Financial Services Committee
“A Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing”

Senate Appropriations Committee
Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD

Senate Appropriations Committee
Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Defense

Senate Finance Committee
Legislative Markup

House Small Business Committee
“Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks”

House Homeland Security Committee
DHS Acquisition Oversight

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
Government Contractor Cybersecurity Issues

Senate Armed Services Committee
Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Defense Acquisition System

House Armed Services Committee
Markup: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Emerging Threats And Capabilities

House Ways and Means Committee
“Expanding American Trade With Accountability and Transparency”

House Armed Services
Markup: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Readiness

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.1027 : A bill to require notification of information security breaches and to enhance penalties for cyber criminals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

ENERGY

H.R.1902 : To ban hydraulic fracturing on land owned by the United States and leased to a third party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1026 : A bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal a provision prohibiting Federal agencies from procuring alternative fuels.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1029 : A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to prohibit the Secretary of Energy from prescribing a final rule amending the efficiency standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces or mobile home furnaces until an analysis has been completed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1033 : A bill to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for a biennial energy policy plan with a Quadrennial Energy Review, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1908 : To require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to discount FHA single-family mortgage insurance premium payments for first-time homebuyers who complete a financial literacy housing counseling program.
Sponsor: Rep Beatty, Joyce [OH-3] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1912 : To exempt smaller public companies from requirements relating to the use of Extensible Business Reporting Language for periodic reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

S.1020 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure the continued access of Medicare beneficiaries to diagnostic imaging services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1901 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phaseout and repeal the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources, to reduce the corporate income tax, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1023 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide a refundable credit for costs associated with Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 4/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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