Today’s Daily Update

TThe House will complete consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015: Concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 1191, to provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program, and for other purposes, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 25 nays, Roll No. 226;
    • Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015: H.R. 2297, to prevent Hezbollah and associated entities from gaining access to international financial and other institutions, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 227.
  • Clarifying the effective date of certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 2252, to clarify the effective date of certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014.
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: The House considered 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 15.
    • Agreed to:
      • Thornberry amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that makes technical, conforming, and clarifying changes in the bill;
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 1 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Young (AK) (No. 3); Heck (NV) (No. 4); Messer (No. 6); Takai (No. 7); McGovern (No. 8); Hanna (No. 9); Kline (No. 10); Thornberry (No. 11); Pascrell (No. 12); Hurd (No. 13); Chabot (No. 14); Perry (No. 18); Hanna (No. 19); Kline (No. 20); Engel (No. 25); Connolly (No. 29); Davis (CA) (No. 36); Scalise (No. 76); and Engel (No. 94);
      • Hunter amendment (No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that establishes an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator to direct hostage rescue efforts;
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 2 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Stivers (No. 22); Thornberry (No. 24); Lamborn (No. 26); Turner (No. 28); Rogers (AL) (No. 30); Ros-Lehtinen (No. 31); Mulvaney (No. 33); Walker (No. 34); Sherman (No. 40); Jackson Lee (No. 43); Aguilar (No. 47); Clark (MA) (No. 48); Veasey (No. 49); and Peters (No. 50);
      • Brooks (AL) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that strikes section 538, relating to a sense of the House of Representatives regarding Secretary of Defense review of section 504 of title 10, United States Code, regarding enlisting certain aliens in the Armed Forces (by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 229);
      • Walorski amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that extends and strengthens provisions related to detainees at Guantanamo Bay (by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 230);
      • McCaul amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that amends 10 USC 2576a to include border security activities to the list of preferred applications the Department of Defense considers when transferring excess property to other federal agencies;
      • Lummis amendment (No. 35 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that prohibits reducing the alert posture of the ICBM force;
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 3 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Hardy (No. 37); Zinke (No. 39); Costello (No. 42); Collins (NY) (No. 44); Hunter (No. 45); Palazzo (No. 46); Farenthold (No. 51); Loebsack (No. 53); Fleming (No. 54); McKinley (No. 55); Crowley (No. 56); Israel (No. 59); Keating (No. 63); Meng (No. 64); and Adams (No. 66)
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 52 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that requires outreach for small business concerns owned and controlled by women and minorities before conversion of certain functions to contractor performance;
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 4 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Hurd (No. 58); Stivers (No. 60); Moore (No. 61); Austin Scott (GA) (No. 65); Grayson (No. 67) ‘; Austin Scott (GA) (No. 68); Foxx (No. 70); Bost (No. 71); Hanna (No. 72); Jackson Lee (No. 75); Connolly (No. 79); Connolly (No. 80); Farr (No. 81); and Farr (No. 82)
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 5 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Thompson (PA) (No. 62); Russell (No. 73); McGovern (No. 74); Walker (No. 77); Young (AK) (No. 78); Palazzo (No. 84); Ellmers (No. 85); Katko (No. 86); Thornberry (No. 87); Heck (NV) (No. 88); Crawford (No. 89); DeFazio (No. 92); Lynch (No. 93); Connolly (No. 95); Cicilline (No. 97); Sinema (No. 98); Blumenauer (No. 100)
      • Burgess amendment (No. 83 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that requires a report ranking all military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements as required by law.
    • Rejected:
      • Polis amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that sought to reduce from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have (by a recorded vote of 60 ayes to 363 noes, Roll No. 228); and
      • Smith (WA) amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that sought to provide a framework for closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 31, 2017 (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 231).
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Rohrabacher amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that seeks to acknowledge Dr. Afridi’s instrumental role in identifying the hiding place of Osama bin Laden and further state that it is the Sense of Congress that Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the Government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison;
      • Lamborn amendment (No. 27 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that seeks to limit funding for implementing the New START treaty;
      • Blumenauer amendment (No. 32 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that seeks to require funding for the Navy’s new Ohio-class replacement submarines to come from their traditional Navy accounts, instead of the Sea-Based Deterrent Fund; transfer funds from the Sea-Based Deterrent Fund back into their historic Navy budget lines;
      • Lucas amendment (No. 38 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that seeks to reverse and prohibit the further listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened or endangered species until 2021, thereby allowing the states to implement their voluntary Range-Wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s habitat; delists the American Burying Beetle as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act; and
      • Nadler amendment (No. 41 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that seeks to strike section 3121, which places limits on funding for dismantlement of nuclear weapons.
    • H. Res. 260, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 1735) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 225.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Complete 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 and makes in order the following remaining amendments:
      • En Bloc Amendment #6 (20 minutes of debate)
      • En Bloc Amendment #7 (20 minutes of debate)
      • En Bloc Amendment #8 (20 minutes of debate)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Amendment
      • Rep. Doug Lamborn Amendment
      • Rep. Earl Blumenauer Amendment
      • Rep. Frank Lucas Amendment
      • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Trade Preferences Extension Act: By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 178), Senate passed H.R. 1295, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, by the order of the Senate of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, and after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Hatch Amendment No. 1223, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Hatch Amendment No. 1240, to amend the title.
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act: By 78 yeas to 20 nays (Vote No. 179), Senate passed H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, by the order of the Senate of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, and after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Hatch Amendment No. 1224, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Hatch Amendment No. 1241, to amend the title.
      • Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act: Senate passed 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.
  • Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act: Senate passed S. 1356, to clarify that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will not take effect until after the Director of the Office of Personnel Management promulgates and makes effective regulations relating to such provisions.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act–Agreement: Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Hatch Amendment No. 1221, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Hatch (for Flake) Amendment No. 1243 (to Amendment No. 1221), to strike the extension of the trade adjustment assistance program.
      • Hatch (for Lankford) Amendment No. 1237 (to Amendment No. 1221), to establish consideration of the conditions relating to religious freedom of parties to trade negotiations as an overall negotiating objective of the United States.
      • Brown Amendment No. 1242 (to Amendment No. 1221), to restore funding for the trade adjustment assistance program to the level established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, was agreed to.
      • Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, was agreed to.
      • By 65 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 180), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate, upon reconsideration, agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when Senate resumes consideration of the bill on Monday, May 15, 2015, the time until 5:30 p.m., be equally divided between the managers, or their designees, and that at 5:30 p.m., Senate vote on or in relation to Brown Amendment No. 1242 (to Amendment No. 1221) (listed above) and Hatch (for Lankford) Amendment No. 1237 (to Amendment No. 1221) (listed above) in that order, with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes, and a 60 affirmative vote threshold for adoption.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 3 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1340 : A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal leasing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

HEALTH

H.R.2325 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a pharmaceutical and technology ombudsman under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Brooks, Susan W. [IN-5] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 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.2335 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to incentivize the development of abuse-deterrent drugs.
Sponsor: Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2337 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize priority review for breakthrough devices.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2338 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the development and use of patient experience data to enhance the structured risk-benefit assessment framework, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.2315 : To limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States.
Sponsor: Rep Bishop, Mike [MI-8] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.2334 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require individuals to include their social security numbers on the income tax return as a condition of claiming the refundable portion of the child tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2332 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a transformational infrastructure competitive grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1348 : A bill to amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 with respect to high priority corridors on the National Highway System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Tillis, Thom [NC] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1350 : A bill to provide a short-term extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 5/14/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2015 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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