Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Congressional Review Act. The House will complete consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 and continue consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016: The House began consideration of H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, April 30.
    • Agreed to:
      • Stefanik amendment that increases funds, by offset, for acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment by $30,000,000 for activities and agencies of the Department of Defense;
      • Gosar amendment that increases funds, by offset, for Departmental Administration General Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs by $8,000,000;
      • Titus amendment that increases funds, by offset, for the womens health center within the VHA by $500,000;
      • Gosar amendment that redirects $2,000,000 in funding within Departmental Administration, General Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs;
      • Sinema amendment that increases, by offset, funds for the General Services Administration by $50,000;
      • Gosar amendment that reduces funds for Departmental Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs by $3,200,000 and increases Information Technology Systems by a similar amount;
      • Ruiz amendment that redirects $5 million in funding within the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account;
      • Walberg amendment that increases funding, by offset, for General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account by $5,000,000;
      • LaMalfa amendment that makes sundry corrections to the bill;
      • Jackson Lee amendment that adds a new section to the end of the bill revising amounts provided by the bill by reducing the amount made available for Department of Veterans Affairs-Departmental Administration-Information Technology Services and by increasing the amount made available for Veterans Health Administration-Medical Services by $2,000,000;
      • Jolly amendment that prohibits the use of funds to carry out the closure or transfer of the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
      • Babin amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that prohibits the use of funds to carry out the Appraised Value Offer program of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
      • Rothfus amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that prohibits the use of funds used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a performance award under section 5384 of title 5, United States Code;
      • Jackson Lee amendment that prohibits the use of funds for benefits for homeless veterans and training and outreach programs maybe be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in contravention of subchapter III of chapter 20 of title 38, United States Code;
      • Roe (TN) amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that provides that not more than $4,400,000 of the funds provided may be used for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and the amount provided under that heading is reduced by $1,500,000;
      • Noem amendment that prohibits use of funds to end, suspend, or relocate, hospital-based services with respect to a VA health care facility that is the subject of an environmental impact statement, designated as a National Historic Landmark, or located in a highly rural area;
      • Ratcliffe amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that prohibits use of funds in the bill for a new round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC);
      • Grayson amendment that prohibits use of funds to enter into a contract with any offeror;
      • Hurd amendment that prohibits the use of funds in contravention of subtitle D of title VIII of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ”Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015;
      • Roe (TN) amendment that prohibits the use of funds to pay an award or bonus to any employee of the Office of Construction and Facilities in VA, specifically in the locations of Denver, Orlando, Las Vegas and New Orleans;
      • Stivers amendment that prohibits the use of funds to be used as salaries of orthotists and prosthetists who are not certified by a nationally accredited body;
      • Byrne amendment that prohibits the use of funds to transfer any funds from the Veterans Choice Fund;
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits the use of funds to carry out the memorandum from the Veterans Benefit Administration known as Fast Letter 13-10, or to create or maintain any patient record-keeping system other than those currently approved by the Department; and
      • LaMalfa amendment that provides that for an additional amount for Department of Veterans Affairs-Departmental Administration-General Operating Expenses, Veterans Administration, there is hereby appropriated, and the amount otherwise provided by this Act is hereby reduced by $5,000,000.
    • Rejected:
      • McNerney amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for reimbursement of the General Services Administration by $177,300,000 for construction, major projects.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Brownley (CA) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have in the Department of Veterans Affairs- Departmental Administration- Construction, Major Projects account, struck the aggregate dollar amount and inserted $1,143,800,000 for Department of Veterans Affairs, Construction, Major Projects;
      • Boustany amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited funds from being used to pay Veterans Affairs personnel due to backlog;
      • Adams amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have provided that the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account for FY 2016 may be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide discretionary competitive grants for State and local governments to establish or expand technology systems that develop a coordinated network of private, public and nonprofit services and resources to better serve veterans and their family members;
      • Hill amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited the use of funds to carry out any new Key Renewable VA Energy Project under the Department’s Green Management Programs; and
      • Farenthold amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited the use of funds to pay the salary of any VA employee who received an unsatisfactory work performance review in FY 2015.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Bishop (GA) amendment that sought to redirect funding for Military Construction, Army; increase funding by $154,643,000 for Veterans Health Administration, Medical Services; increase funding by $69,691,000 for medical support and compliance; increase funding by $105,132,000 for medical facilities; increase funding by $10,000,000 for Departmental Administration; increase funding by $95,000,000 for Information Technology Systems; increase funding by $582,000,000 for Construction, Major Projects; and strike Sections 233, 238, 240, and 241. Agreed to sustain the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised against the amendment, by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 178.
      • Gosar amendment that sought to increase, by offset, funds for hospital care and medical services within the VHA by $2,031,000;
      • Benishek amendment that sought to add a new section to the bill requiring a report describing the status, including the timeline for completion, of each Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to be established by the Department of Veterans Affairs, through construction or lease, that is not yet complete be submitted to Congress;
      • Mulvaney amendment that sought to strike title IV, which overseas Contingency Operations Department of Defense; and
      • Pocan amendment that sought to prohibit use of funds to withhold any report of an Inspector General from any member of Congress in any case where the member of Congress has requested that such report be provided.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Van Hollen amendment that seeks to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps;
      • Mulvaney amendment that seeks to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Air Force;
      • Mulvaney amendment that seeks to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Defense-Wide;
      • Nadler amendment that seeks to strike section 512 from the bill pertaining to the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
      • Blumenauer amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce Veterans Health Administration directive 2011-004 with respect to the prohibition on ”VA providers for completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a State marijuana program”;
      • Pocan amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to enter into a contract with any person whose disclosures of a proceeding with a disposition listed in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System include the term ”Fair Labor Standards Act”;
      • Hice (GA) amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to pay a Federal Employee for any period of time during which such employee is using official time under U.S. Code; and
      • King (IA) amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements under what is commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act.
    • H. Res. 223, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2028) and (H.R. 2029) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 176, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016: The House began consideration of H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, April 30.
    • Agreed to:
      • Gosar amendment that increases funding for Investigations by $1,000,000 and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
      • Gosar amendment that increases funds for Construction by $3,000,000 and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
      • Murphy (FL) amendment that increases funds for Army Corps of Engineers Construction by $1,000,000 and reduces funding for Expenses by a similar amount;
      • Duffy amendment that increases, by offset, Army Corp of Engineers funding for Construction by $10,000,000 for the support of GLFER;
      • Huizenga (MI) amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of April 28, 2015) that increases funds to Operations and Maintenance by $36,306,000 and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
      • Gosar amendment that reduces funding for Regulatory Program by $424,000 and increases funding for the Office of Inspector General by a similar amount;
      • Tipton amendment that increases funding for Water and Related Resources by $2,000,000 and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
      • Lamborn amendment that, by offset, increases funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $4,000,000;
      • Bonamici amendment that increases funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $9 million and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
      • Cohen amendment that increases funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $2 million and reduces funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount;
    • Rejected:
      • Beyer amendment that sought to strike section 104 from the bill. Section 104 prohibits use of funds by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations pertaining to definitions of the terms ”fill material” or ”discharge of fill material”;
      • Beyer amendment that sought to strike section 105 from the bill. Section 105 prohibits use of funds in the bill by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations and guidance pertaining to the definition of waters under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
      • Castor (FL) amendment that sought to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $266,161,000 and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000;
    • Withdrawn:
      • Crawford amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for Mississippi River and Tributaries by $27,000,000 and reduced EERE by $96,000,000;
      • Rice (SC) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have decreased Regulatory funding by $4,500,000 and increased funding for Operations and Maintenance by a similar amount; and
      • Perry amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $22,300,000 and to reduced funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • McClintock amendment that seeks to reduce funding for sundry accounts and to apply the aggregate savings of $128,920,000 to the spending reduction account;
      • Ruiz amendment that seeks to increase funding for Water and Related Resources by $5,000,000 and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $2,000,000;
      • Griffith amendment that seeks to increase funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $5,000,000 and to reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by a similar amount;
      • Swalwell (CA) amendment that seeks to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $25,500,000 and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy by $34,000,000;
      • Byrne amendment that seeks to zero out funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and to apply the savings of $1,657,774,000 to the spending reduction account; and
      • McClintock amendment that seeks to zero out funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, reduce Nuclear Energy by $691,886,000, and zero out funding for Fossil Energy and to apply the aggregate savings of $2,954,660,000 to the spending reduction account.
    • H. Res. 223, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2028) and (H.R. 2029) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 176, after the previous question was ordered.

Today:

  • On Thursday, 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: TBD
  • Conference Report to S. Con. Res. 11 – FY2016 Budget (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Budget Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 2029 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent / Appropriations Committee)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Chris Van Hollen Amendment
      • Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment #1
      • Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment #2
      • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment
      • Rep. Earl Blumenauer Amendment
      • Rep. Mark Pocan Amendment
      • Rep. Jody Hice Amendment
      • Rep. Steve King Amendment
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 2028 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules. Additionally, the Rule provides for 10 minutes of debate per amendment equally divided between the proponent and an opponent and up to 10 pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate offered by the Chair and Ranking Member or their designee.
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment #1
      • Rep. Raul Ruiz Amendment
      • Rep. Morgan Griffith Amendment
      • Rep. Eric Swalwell Amendment
      • Rep. Bradley Byrne Amendment
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment #2
  • H.J. Res. 43 – Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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 amendments proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 168), Corker (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 1147 (to Amendment No. 1140), to require a certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the United States or a United States person anywhere in the world. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • Pending:
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1179 (to Amendment No. 1140), to require submission of all Persian text included in the agreement.
      • Blunt Amendment No. 1155 (to Amendment No. 1140), to extend the requirement for annual Department of Defense reports on the military power of Iran.
      • Vitter Modified Amendment No. 1186 (to Amendment No. 1179), to require an assessment of inadequacies in the international monitoring and verification system as they relate to a nuclear agreement with Iran.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Congressional Review Act.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Examining Insurance Capital Rules and FSOC Process”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“21st Century Cures Legislation”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Strategic Petroleum Reserve Discussion Draft and Title IV Energy Efficiency”

House Oversight / House Financial Services Committee
“Examining the Export-Import Bank’s Mandates”

House Energy And Commerce Committee
“FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Bureau of Land Management’s Final Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2091 : To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify the ability to request consumer reports in certain cases to establish and enforce child support payments and awards.
Sponsor: Rep Poliquin, Bruce [ME-2] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2094 : To repeal titles I and II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, the Judiciary, and 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.2099 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to develop a model form for a disclosure notice that shall be used by depository institutions and credit unions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, John C., Jr. [DE] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2121 : To amend the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide a temporary license for loan originators transitioning between employers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2083 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels at certain Medicare providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 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.2101 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for expedited review of drugs and biological products to provide safer or more effective treatment for males or females, to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance the consideration of sex differences in basic and clinical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2102 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the incidence of diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 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.2107 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to clarify the treatment of certain Medicaid enrollment brokers.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2119 : To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require that State applications for State plan waivers under the Medicaid program be approved only if such applications are budget neutral, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1131 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the incidence of diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1132 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels at certain Medicare providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1135 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for fairness in hospital payments under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.2096 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Small Business Act to expand the availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, and 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.2103 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the denial of deduction for certain excessive employee remuneration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2115 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and make permanent rules related to investment by nonresident aliens in domestic mutual funds and business development companies.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1127 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the denial of deduction for certain excessive employee remuneration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 4/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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