Today’s Daily Update

Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 1191, Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. Senate continued consideration of the veto message to accompany S.J. Res. 8 (NLRB). Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

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 amendments proposed thereto:
    • 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.
      • Cotton Amendment No. 1197 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1140), of a perfecting nature.
      • Cotton (for Rubio) Amendment No. 1198 (to Amendment No. 1197), to require a certification that Iran’s leaders have publically accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
  • Veto Messages:
    • National Labor Relations Board Veto Message: Senate continued consideration of the veto message to accompany S.J. Res. 8, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 96 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 172), Senate tabled the veto message to accompany the joint resolution.
  • Conference Reports:
  • Budget Resolution–Conference Report: By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 171), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 170), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the conference report to accompany the concurrent resolution.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the second half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Corker-Cardin amendment #1140 (substitute) and on the underlying bill, H.R.1191. The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 1:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, May 7.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

CSIS Energy and National Security
The Future of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2239 : To amend the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to increase the target financing of exports by small business concerns.
Sponsor: Rep Meng, Grace [NY-6] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2241 : To direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

S.1189 : A bill to provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1190 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1194 : A bill to require the Commissioner of Social Security to update the medical-vocational guidelines used in disability determinations.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.2238 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to remove bond requirements and extend filing periods for certain taxpayers with limited excise tax liability.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1193 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent and expand the temporary minimum credit rate for the low-income housing tax credit program.
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 5/5/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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