Today’s Daily Update

Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the Iran Congressional Review Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1075 – To designate the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the “Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry” (Sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 651 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, as the “Sister Ann Keefe Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1690 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse” (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Doyle / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 172 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse” (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 373 – Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 984 – To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1324 – Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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, 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 for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, as under the order of April 23, 2015.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By a unanimous vote of 87 yeas (Vote No. EX. 166), Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the Iran Congressional Review Act. Under the previous order, Senator Corker or his designee will then be recognized to offer an amendment.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“Creating a More Efficient and Level Playing Field: Audit and Appeals Issues in Medicare”

Senate HELP Committee
“Continuing America’s Leadership: The Future of Medical Innovation for Patients”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Quadrennial Energy Review

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“State of the Insurance Industry and Insurance Regulation”

National Journal Briefing
“Insurance Modernization: Capital Standards at Home and Abroad”

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
“FAA Reauthorization: Safety Issues”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1086 : A bill to establish an insurance policy advisory committee on international capital standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 4/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2035 : To amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to improve coverage for colorectal screening tests under Medicare and private health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 4/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/27/2015 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.1099 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide States with flexibility in determining the size of employers in the small group market.
Sponsor: Sen Scott, Tim [SC] (introduced 4/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1101 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the regulation of patient records and certain decision support software.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 4/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TRANSPORTATION

S.1087 : A bill to require Amtrak to propose a pet policy that allows passengers to transport domesticated cats and dogs on certain Amtrak trains, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 4/27/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 4/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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