Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will continue consideration of two trade bills. The House will continue consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • USA FREEDOM Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 2048, to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, by a recorded vote of 338 ayes to 88 noes, Roll No. 224.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-111 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 255, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1735), (H.R. 36), and (H.R. 2048), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 221, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 36, to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 184 noes with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 223.
    • Rejected the Brownley (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 181 yeas to 246 nays, Roll No. 222.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-111 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 255, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1735), (H.R. 36), and (H.R. 2048), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 221, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Unanimous consent agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that debate under clause 1(c) of rule 15 on a motion to suspend the rules relating to H.R. 1191 be extended to one hour.
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: The House began consideration of H.R. 1735, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, May 14.
    • H. Res. 255, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1735), (H.R. 36), and (H.R. 2048), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 221, 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: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1191 – Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2297 – Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • Continue Consideration of H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order the following amendments, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc: 135 amendments have been offered.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Thursday, May 14, 2015, following disposition of H.R. 644, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory, the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1314 be agreed to, the motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1314 be agreed to, and that at 2 p.m., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1314, upon reconsideration; and that if cloture is invoked, the 30 hours of post-cloture consideration under rule XXII be deemed expired at 10 p.m.
  • Trade Bills–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 14, 2015, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 1295, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the process for making determinations with respect to whether organizations are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of such Code, and H.R. 644, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory, en bloc; that the Hatch amendments at the desk, the text of which are S. 1267, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and S. 1269, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, respectively, be considered and agreed to, that no further amendments be in order, and that at 12 p.m., Senate vote on H.R. 1295, as amended, followed by a vote on H.R. 644, as amended, with no intervening action or debate, and that there be a 60 affirmative vote threshold needed for passage of each bill.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 84 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. EX. 177), Sally Quillian Yates, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney General.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 10:00am. At 10:00am, the Senate will proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar #57, H.R.1295 and Calendar #56, H.R.644, en bloc. The Hatch amendments, which are the text of S.1267 and S.1269 respectively, will be considered and agreed to. No further amendments are in order prior to votes on passage of the bills, as amended. Each bill is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold for passage. The time from 10:00am until 12:00pm and the time following the votes in relation to H.R.1295/H.R.644 until the cloture vote at 2:00pm will be equally divided.
  • At 2:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.1314, upon reconsideration. If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed, all post-cloture time would expire at 10:00pm Thursday night.
  • 12:00pm—2 roll call votes:
    • Passage of H.R.1295, as amended with S.1267, Preferences (60-affirmative vote threshold)
    • Passage of H.R.644, as amended with S.1269, Customs (60-affirmative vote threshold)
  • 2:00pm—1 roll call vote:
    • Cloture, upon reconsideration, on the motion to proceed to H.R.1314, the legislative vehicle for the trade related legislation (TPA and TAA)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“Protecting Consumers: Financial Data Security in the Age of Computer Hackers”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“Cybersecurity: Setting The Rules For Responsible Global Cyber Behavior”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Energy Infrastructure Legislation

Senate Judiciary Committee
Markup: Patent Legislation

Senate Committee on Finance
“A Pathway to Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Chronic Conditions”

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
“Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity”

House Agriculture Committee
Markup of H.R.___, a bill to reauthorize CFTC

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Markup: 21st Century Cures

House Veterans’ Affairs
“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in VA’s Purchase Card Program”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Markup of “H.R. ____, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Energy Revolution in the Western Hemisphere: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S.”

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Global Markets Advisory Committee Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2295 : To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to identify and designate National Energy Security Corridors for the construction of natural gas pipelines on Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep MacArthur, Thomas [NJ-3] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2296 : To establish a Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program in the Department of Energy to provide financial assistance to promote energy efficiency and onsite renewable technologies in manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2287 : To require the National Credit Union Administration to hold public hearings and receive comments from the public on its budget, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2289 : Commodity End-User Relief Act
Sponsor: Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.2309 : To amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (40)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1320 : A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to reform the Federal Reserve System.
Sponsor: Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1330 : A bill to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2292 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to rehabilitation innovation centers under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2298 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under parts C and D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 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.2299 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for site-of-service price transparency under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 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.2300 : To provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (46)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, Appropriations, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

TAX

H.R.2306 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the marriage penalty in, and reduce the eligibility limitation on, the tax credit for health insurance premiums.
Sponsor: Rep Grothman, Glenn [WI-6] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2310 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a standard home office deduction.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] (introduced 5/13/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.