Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. The House will consider a series of bills to assist Veterans and the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015.

House

 

Friday:

  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: The House passed 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 by a recorded vote of 269 ayes to 151 noes, Roll No. 239. Consideration began May 13th.
    • Rejected the Gallego motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Armed Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 238.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-14 shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 6 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Hill (No. 90); Meehan (No. 91); Walberg (No. 96); Poe (TX) (No. 99); Lamborn (No. 101); Walorski (No. 102); Ellison (No. 103); Rogers (AL) (No. 104); Walker (No. 105); Kelly (No. 106); Cicilline (No. 112); Crowley (No. 113); Dingell (No. 114); Engel (No. 115); Vela (No. 116); Kilmer (No. 117); Nolan (No. 118);
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 7 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Lamborn (No. 107); Lamborn (No. 108); Royce (No. 109); Schweikert (No. 110); Turner (No. 111); Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 119); Quigley (No. 120); Rogers (AL) (No. 121); Castor (FL) (No. 125); Loebsack (No. 126); Scalise (No. 127);
      • Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 8 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114-112: Foster (No. 122); Turner (No. 123); Quigley (No. 124); Young (AK) (No. 128); Loretta Sanchez (CA) (No. 129); Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 130); Hunter (No. 131); Sessions (No. 132); Carter (TX) (No. 133); LoBiondo (No. 134); Nunes (No. 135);
      • Rohrabacher amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that was debated on May 14 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 (by a recorded vote of 413 ayes to 1 noe with two answering ”present”, Roll No. 233);
      • Lamborn amendment (No. 27 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that was debated on May 14 that seeks to limit funding for implementing the New START treaty (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 234);
      • Lucas amendment (No. 38 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that was debated on May 14 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 (by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 236);
    • Rejected:
      • Blumenauer amendment (No. 32 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that was debated on May 14 that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 43 ayes to 375 noes, Roll No. 235); and
      • Nadler amendment (No. 41 printed in H. Rept. 114-112) that was debated on May 14 that sought to strike section 3121, which places limits on funding for dismantlement of nuclear weapons (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 237).
    • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
    • H. Res. 260, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 1735) was agreed to yesterday, May 14th.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 474 – Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1038 – Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1313 – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1382 – Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 91 – Veteran’s I.D. Card Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1816 – Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Financial Services Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1987 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 8) S. 178 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, May 18, 2015. The Senate will not be in session on Friday, May 15, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 3:00pm. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314 with the time until 5:30pm equally divided between the managers or their designees. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the Brown SA #1242 and Lankford SA #1237 (60 affirmative-vote threshold).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2369 : To lift the oil export ban and modernize Federal policies regarding the supply and distribution of energy in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Natural Resource.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2354 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to review all its significant regulations to determine whether such regulations are necessary in the public interest or whether such regulations should be amended or rescinded.
Sponsor: Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2356 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hill, J. French [AR-2] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2357 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise Form S-3 so as to add listing and registration of a class of common equity securities on a national securities exchange as an additional basis for satisfying the requirements of General Instruction I.B.1. of such form and to remove such listing and registration as a requirement of General Instruction I.B.6. of such form.
Sponsor: Rep Wagner, Ann [MO-2] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2362 : To exclude from consumer credit reports certain medical debt that is less than 180 days delinquent or that has been in collection and has been fully paid or settled, to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to provide for a timetable for verification of medical debt and to increase the efficiency of credit markets with more perfect information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, John C., Jr. [DE] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2363 : To provide for the removal of default information from a borrower’s credit report with respect to certain rehabilitated education loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, John C., Jr. [DE] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2349 : To ensure receipt of all health insurance benefits to which a member of a union is entitled.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

TAX

H.R.2389 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a limitation on certain aliens from claiming the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Young, David [IA-3] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2353 : Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Natural Resources, Science, Space, and Technology, and 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.2379 : To prohibit the transportation of certain volatile crude oil by rail.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 5/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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