Today’s Daily Update

The House will begin consideration of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 1731). The Senate will enter Executive Session to resume consideration of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act: The House passed H.R. 1195, to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish advisory boards, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 167.
    • Rejected the Kuster motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 166.
    • Agreed to:
      • Kuster amendment (No. 1 printed in part D of H. Rept. 114-74) that was debated on April 21st that requires 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 (by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 165).
  • Protecting Cyber Networks Act: The House passed H.R. 1560, to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, by a recorded vote of 307 ayes to 116 noes, Roll No. 170.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence printed in the bill shall be considered as read.
    • Rejected the Rice (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 169.
    • Agreed to:
      • Nunes amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-88) that makes technical changes to several sections of the bill and clarifies the authorization for the use of defensive measures. Further clarifies the liability protections for network monitoring and sharing and receipt of cyber threat indicators and defensive measures.
      • Cardenas amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-88) that instructs the SBA to provide assistance to small businesses and small financial institutions to participate under this section, instructs the SBA to generate a report about such entities participation, and instructs the federal government to engage in out reach to encourage small business and small financial institution participation.
      • Carson (IN) amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-88) that adds the requirement that the Inspector General report on current procedures pertaining to the sharing of information, removal procedures for personal information or information identifying a specific person, and any incidents pertaining to the improper treatment of information.
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-88) that directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to provide a report to Congress on the actions taken by the Federal Government to remove personal information from data shared through the programs established by this statute.
      • Mulvaney amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-88) that sunsets the provisions of the bill after 7 years (by a recorded vote of 313 ayes to 110 noes, Roll No. 168).
    • H. Res. 212, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1560) and (H.R. 1731), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 164, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 163.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1731 – National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. McCaul / Ratcliffe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Katko / Lofgren / Eshoo / McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jim Langevin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Castro / Cuellar / Doggett / Hurd / Smith (TX) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Will Hurd Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Janice Hahn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Jackson Lee / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 971, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an increase in the limit on the length of an agreement under the Medicare independence at home medical practice demonstration program, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Cornyn (for Wyden) Amendment No. 1129, to make a technical correction.
  • Steve Gleason Act: Senate passed S. 984, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices.
  • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 163), Senate passed S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 157), Cornyn/Murray Amendment No. 1124, to strengthen the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by incorporating additional bipartisan amendments. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
      • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 160), Brown Amendment No. 311, to direct the Attorney General to increase the amount provided under certain formula grants to States that have in place laws that terminate the parental rights of men who father children through rape. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
      • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 161), Burr Amendment No. 1121, to require the Secretary of Defense to inform the Attorney General of persons required to register as sex offenders. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
      • By 97 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 162), Grassley (for Kirk) Modified Amendment No. 273, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for knowingly selling advertising that offers certain commercial sex acts. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
      • Cornyn (for Klobuchar) Amendment No. 296, to stop exploitation through trafficking.
      • Cornyn (for Hoeven) Modified Amendment No. 299, to ensure that eligible entities that have only recently begun collecting data on child human trafficking are not precluded from being awarded certain grants.
      • Cornyn (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 279, to require the Attorney General of the United States to grant certain requests by State attorneys general to cross designate State and local attorneys to prosecute individuals for sex trafficking.
      • Cornyn (for Wicker) Amendment No. 1126, to direct the Attorney General to create a publicly accessible database for trafficking victims advocates that contains information about services for trafficking survivors.
      • Cornyn (for Flake) Amendment No. 294, to require a GAO study on the programs authorized by the bill.
      • Cornyn (for Cassidy/Peters) Amendment No. 308, to provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of a severe form of trafficking and respond to such individuals appropriately.
      • Cornyn (for Portman) Amendment No. 1128, 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.
      • Cornyn (for Brown) Amendment No. 310, to allow grants under the victim-centered child human trafficking deterrence block grant program to be used for assisting law enforcement agencies in finding homeless and runaway youth.
      • Cornyn (for Brown) Amendment No. 312, to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons.
      • Cornyn (for Heller) Amendment No. 1122, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities.
      • Cornyn (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 303, to aid human trafficking victims’ recovery and rehabilitation.
    • Rejected:
      • By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 156), Leahy Amendment No. 301, relating to justice for victims of human trafficking. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 45 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 158), Cornyn Amendment No. 1127, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 159), Leahy Amendment No. 290, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. (Pursuant to the order of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • Withdrawn:
      • McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 1120, to strengthen the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by incorporating additional bipartisan amendments.
  • Lynch Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 23, 2015, notwithstanding Rule XXII, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General; that there be 2 hours of debate, equally divided in the usual form, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination; that if cloture is invoked, there be up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate equally divided between the two Leaders, and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will enter Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #21, Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General. By consent, there will be 2 hours of debate, equally divided, followed by a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will then be 2 hours of debate prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Lynch nomination.
  • Thursday at approximately 11:40am (if all time is used)
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General Thursday at approximately 2:00pm (if all time is used)
    • Confirmation of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways & Means Committee
Trade Legislation Markup

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining Regulatory Burdens – Regulator Perspective”

House Armed Services Committee
Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Military Personnel

Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee
Surface Transportation Reauthorization

House Appropriations Committee
FY2016 Budget: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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

Senate Finance Committee
Medical Device Tax Impact

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
Airport Issues

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Combatting the Opioid Abuse Epidemic: Professional and Academic Perspect

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.1930 : To eliminate certain subsidies for fossil-fuel production.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Natural Resources; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture; House Appropriations; House Financial Services; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Science, Space, and Technology, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Appropriations, Financial Services, 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.1937 : To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness.
Sponsor: Rep Amodei, Mark E. [NV-2] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.

H.R.1944 : To provide regulatory relief to alternative fuel producers and consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blum, Rod [IA-1] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 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.1951 : To prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing or acid well stimulation treatment in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Region until the Secretary of the Interior prepares an environmental impact statement and conducts a study with respect to such practices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1952 : To permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of the State of California, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1971 : To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.
Sponsor: Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.1972 : To provide certain requirements for the licensing of commercial nuclear facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1977 : To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and North Atlantic planning areas.
Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1041 : A bill to eliminate certain subsidies for fossil-fuel production.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1042 : A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and North Atlantic planning areas.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1047 : A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to review rulemaking proceedings of other Federal agencies for the potential to cause an adverse effect on the cost, time, or difficulty of complying with energy efficiency regulations, guidelines, or standards.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1054 : A bill to improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector by directing the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the National Academies and other appropriate Federal agencies, to develop a national smart manufacturing plan and to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1057 : A bill to promote geothermal energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1058 : A bill to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1941 : To improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1954 : To align exemptions for general solicitation of investment in commodity pools similar to the exemption provided for general solicitation of securities under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Sponsor: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.1965 : 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 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1975 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the Securities Exchange Commission to refund or credit excess payments made to the Commission.
Sponsor: Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.1934 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 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.1953 : To require members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Administration; House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, Ways and Means, and 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.

TAX

H.R.1928 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the coverage of qualified tuition programs and increase the limitation on contributions to Coverdell education savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1970 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for manufacturing job training expenses.
Sponsor: Rep Lawrence, Brenda L. [MI-14] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1979 : To strengthen the protections from levy by the Internal Revenue Service for taxpayers in economic hardship.
Sponsor: Rep Watson Coleman, Bonnie [NJ-12] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRADE

H.R.1946 : To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the United States Trade Representative to take discretionary action if a foreign country is engaging in unreasonable acts, policies, or practices relating to the environment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1947 : To establish the Trade Agreements Enforcement Trust Fund to take actions to enforce free trade agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 4/22/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/22/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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