Today’s Daily Update

The House passed H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. The Senate confirmed Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General by 56 yeas to 43 nays.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1731, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance multi-directional sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections, by a recorded vote of 355 ayes to 63 noes, Roll No. 173.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Homeland Security, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-12 shall be considered as read.
    • Rejected the Israel motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Homeland Security with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 172.
    • Agreed to:
      • McCaul amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that makes technical corrections and further clarifies the provisions of the bill;
      • Ratcliffe amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that amends Section 226 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 by refining the definition of cyber ”incident” to explicitly restrict information sharing to incidents that are directly related to protecting information systems;
      • Langevin amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that clarifies that the term ”cybersecurity risk” does not apply to actions solely involving violations of consumer terms of service or consumer licensing agreements;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that ensures that federal agencies supporting cybersecurity efforts of private sector entities remain current on innovation, industry adoption of new technologies, and industry best practices as they relate to industrial control systems;
      • Castro amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that makes self-assessment tools available to small and medium-sized businesses to determine their level of cybersecurity readiness;
      • Castro amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that codifies the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) made up of university partners and other stakeholders who proactively coordinate to assist state and local officials in cyber security preparation and prevention of cyber attacks;
      • Hurd amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that authorizes the existing Einstein 3A (E3A) program;
      • Mulvaney amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that sunsets the provisions of the bill after 7 years;
      • Hahn amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report to Congress containing assessments of risks and shortfalls along with recommendations regarding cybersecurity at most at risk ports;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that requires a report to Congress on the best means for aligning federally funded cybersecurity research and development with private sector efforts to protect privacy and civil liberties while assuring security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure; and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-88) that provides for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress 5 years after enactment to assess the impact of this act on privacy and civil liberties (by a recorded vote of 405 ayes to 8 noes, Roll No. 171).
  • H. Res. 212, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1560) and (H.R. 1731) was agreed to yesterday, April 22nd.
  • Pursuant to section 3 of H. Res. 212, in the engrossment of H.R. 1560 the Clerk shall: (1) add the text of H.R. 1731, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 1560; (2) conform the title of H.R. 1560 to reflect the addition of H.R. 1731, as passed by the House, to the engrossment; (3) assign appropriate designations to provisions within the engrossment; and (4) conform cross-references and provisions for short titles within the engrossment. Upon the addition of the text of H.R. 1731, as passed by the House, to the engrossment of H.R. 1560, H.R. 1731 shall be laid on the table.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 1191, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140, in the nature of a substitute.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Senator Corker be recognized to offer an amendment to the pending substitute.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, April 27, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
    • Newman Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 27, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motion be in order.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 165), Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 66 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 164), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.1982 : To amend the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 to confirm that a customer’s net equity claim is based on the customer’s last statement and that certain recoveries are prohibited, to change how trustees are appointed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (43)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1084 : A bill to promote transparency by permitting the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to allow its disciplinary proceedings to be open to the public, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2005 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program.
Sponsor: Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-14] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 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.

S.1064 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with regard to research on asthma, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1083 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.1984 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the cap on compensation subject to the payroll tax, to reallocate payroll tax revenue to the Social Security Trust Funds, to apply the CPI-E to Social Security cost-of-living increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.2006 : To amend SAFETEA-LU to ensure that projects that assist the establishment of aerotropolis transportation systems are eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.2007 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program to assist the development of aerotropolis transportation systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.2021 : To prohibit the expenditure of Federal funds to Amtrak.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 4/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.