Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.

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 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:
    • 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 7, 2015, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140 (listed above) equally divided in the usual form; and that the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140 and to the bill be at 10 a.m.
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the right to appeal act: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1314, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. The cloture vote on the Corker-Cardin amendment #1140 (substitute) will be at 10:30am. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 10:00am.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1201 : A bill to advance the integration of clean distributed energy into electric grids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1207 : A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program under which the Secretary shall make grants to eligible partnerships to provide for the transformation of the electric grid by the year 2030, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1208 : A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to require gas pipeline facilities to accelerate the repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of high-risk pipelines used in commerce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1209 : A bill to establish State revolving loan funds to repair or replace natural gas distribution pipelines.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1210 : A bill to provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to oil and gas production and distribution.
Sponsor: Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1213 : A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and the Federal Power Act to facilitate the free market for distributed energy resources.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [ME] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1215 : A bill to amend the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000 to provide for the development of methane hydrate as a commercially viable source of energy.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1216 : A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to modify a provision relating to civil penalties.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1220 : A bill to improve the distribution of energy in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1223 : A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to improve the loan guarantee program for innovative technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1226 : A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands to promote a greater domestic helium supply, to establish a Federal helium leasing program for public land, and to secure a helium supply for national defense and Federal researchers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1227 : A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to develop an implementation strategy to promote the development of hybrid micro-grid systems for isolated communities.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1228 : A bill to require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1230 : A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program under which the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall enter into memoranda of understanding with States providing for State oversight of oil and gas productions activities.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1231 : A bill to require congressional notification for certain Strategic Petroleum Reserve operations and to determine options available for the continued operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1237 : A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to limit the authority of the Secretary of Energy to approve certain proposals relating to export activities of liquefied natural gas terminals.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [ME] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1206 : A bill to address the concept of “Too Big To Fail” with respect to certain financial entities.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.1211 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide that payment under the Medicare program to a long-term care hospital for inpatient services shall not be made at the applicable site neutral payment rate for certain discharges involving severe wounds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cochran, Thad [MS] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1212 : A bill 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: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 5/6/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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