Today’s Daily Update

The Senate passed H.R. 1191, to provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 174), Senate passed H.R. 1191, to provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program, after amending the title, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1219 (to Amendment No. 1140), to make technical changes.
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Corker Amendment No. 1220, to amend the title.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1179 (to Amendment No. 1140), to require submission of all Persian text included in the agreement.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 93 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 173), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Corker/Cardin Amendment No. 1140 (listed above).
    • Chair sustained a point of order that the following amendments were not germane, and the amendments thus fell:
      • 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, fell when Cotton Amendment No. 1197 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1140) (listed above) was ruled not germane by the Chair.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act–Cloture: 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.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday May 7, 2015, a vote on cloture will occur at 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
  • United States Citizens in Iran–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that S. Con. Res. 16, stating the policy of the United States regarding the release of United States citizens in Iran, be placed on the Calendar, and that at 5 p.m., on Monday, May 11, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the concurrent resolution, that there be 30 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form, and then Senate vote on adoption of the concurrent resolution, with no intervening action or debate.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1239 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for the Reid vapor pressure limitations under that Act.
Sponsor: Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1241 : A bill to provide for the modernization, security, and resiliency of the electric grid, to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out programs for research, development, demonstration, and information-sharing for cybersecurity for the energy sector, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1242 : A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider regional constraints in natural gas supply and whether a proposed LNG terminal would benefit regional consumers of natural gas before approving or disapproving an application for the LNG terminal, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [ME] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1248 : A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to reform the Federal Reserve System.
Sponsor: Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1249 : A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide protections for active duty military consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.1253 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage of certain disposable medical technologies under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1246 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to revise the definition of municipal solid waste for purposes of the renewable electricity production credit.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1262 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish tax-preferred Small Business Start-up Savings Accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] (introduced 5/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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