Today’s Daily Update

Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1314, Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act. The House will consider the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY16.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1732, to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, by a recorded vote of 261 ayes to 155 noes, Roll No. 219.
    • Rejected the Aguilar motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 175 yeas to 241 nays, Roll No. 218.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-13, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-98, shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • Kildee amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-98) that gives a state two years to become compliant with the new ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule in order to protect a state from automatically losing their state permitting programs through the Clean Water Act because of the new rule.
    • Rejected:
      • Edwards amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-98) that sought to provide policy provisions that the Secretary and Administrator are prohibited from including in a final rule (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 217).
      • H. Res. 231, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1732), the conference report to accompany the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 11), and the joint resolution (H. J. Res. 43) was agreed to on April 30th.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 6:21 p.m. and reconvened at 6:31 p.m.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015: S. 665, to encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, is missing in connection with the officer’s official duties, or an imminent and credible threat that an individual intends to cause the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer is received;
    • Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act: H.R. 606, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain compensation received by public safety officers and their dependents from gross income, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 216;
    • Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act: H.R. 2146, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 220; and
    • Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2015: H.R. 723, to provide Capitol-flown flags to the immediate family of fire fighters, law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews, and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, 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: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 2048 – USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks / Judiciary Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, Rules Committee Print (General Debate Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 52 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 176), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
      • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1314.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Meeting
Rule 611 of SEC Regulation NMS

House Financial Service Committee
“The Dodd-Frank Act and Regulatory Overreach”

House Transportation & Infrastructure
“The 35th Anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act: Railroad Deregulation Past, Present, and Future”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Hydropower Regulatory Modernization and FERC Process Coordination under the Natural Gas Act

House Natural Resources Committee
“The Obama Administration’s CEQ Recently Revised Draft Guidance for GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change”

House Appropriations
Markup: FY 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD

House Financial Services Committee
“Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation and Reduce Regulatory Burdens”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2276 : To establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2279 : To establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1293 : A bill to establish the Department of Energy as the lead agency for coordinating all requirements under Federal law with respect to eligible clean coal and advanced coal technology generating projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1294 : A bill to require the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Agriculture to collaborate in promoting the development of efficient, economical, and environmentally sustainable thermally led wood energy systems.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1310 : A bill to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new oil or natural gas production leases in the Gulf of Mexico under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to a person that does not renegotiate its existing leases in order to require royalty payments if oil and natural gas prices are greater than or equal to specified price thresholds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1311 : A bill to amend the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to modify certain penalties to deter oil spills.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1309 : A bill to provide for the removal of default information from a borrower’s credit report with respect to certain rehabilitated education loans.
Sponsor: Sen Peters, Gary C. [MI] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2247 : To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for transparent testing to assess the transition under the Medicare fee-for-service claims processing system from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 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.2253 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend the application of the Medicare payment rate floor to primary care services furnished under Medicaid and to apply the rate floor to additional providers of primary care services.
Sponsor: Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-14] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1290 : A bill to ensure the ability of covered beneficiaries under the TRICARE program to access care under a health plan under such program in each TRICARE program region, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rounds, Mike [SD] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

TAX

H.R.2265 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit for hiring veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

S.1296 : A bill to establish the American Infrastructure Bank to offer States the option for more flexibility in financing and funding infrastructure projects.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 5/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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