Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 ad the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2015 along with a series of bills related to science and technology. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • H.R. 474 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a five-year extension to the homeless veterans reintegration programs and to provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under such programs.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1038 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to retain a copy of any reprimand or admonishment received by an employee of the Department in the permanent record of the employee.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1313 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the treatment of certain small business concerns for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs contracting goals and preferences.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403 – 0
  • H.R. 1382 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services, to give a preference to offerors that employ veterans.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 404 – 0
  • H.R. 91 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue, upon request, veteran identification cards to certain veterans.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 0
  • H.R. 1816 — “To exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1987 — “To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
    • Proceedings postponed:
    • S. 178 — “To provide justice for the victims of trafficking.” At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15-6:15 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on S. 178 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 2353 – Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • H.R. 2250 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. John Ratcliffe (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bill Flores (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (10 minutes of debate)
    • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
      • 1) H.R. 874 – American Super Computing Leadership Act (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
      • 2) H.R. 1162 – Science Prize Competitions Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
      • 3) H.R. 1119 – Research and Development Efficiency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
      • 4) H.R. 1156 – International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Lipinski / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
      • 5) H.R. 1561 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
      • 6) H.R. 1158 – Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate held the following roll call votes on H.R. 1314:
    • Brown amendment #1242 (restore TAA funding); not agreed to: 45-41.
    • Lankford amendment #1237, as modified (religious freedom); agreed to: 92-0.
  • Legislative Business:
    • Agreed to H.Con.Res.43, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds, the rotunda of the Capitol, and Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for official Congressional events surrounding the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the United States Capitol.
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1357 (2 month Patriot Act extension)
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1350 (short term highway extension).
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.2048 (USA Freedom Act).

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour with the time equally divided and with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation
FAA Reauthorization: Air Traffic Control

House Homeland Security
DHS Science &Technology Directorate

House Ways & Means Committee
“Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access”

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Hearing on Energy Supply Legislation

House Foreign Affairs Committee
Trade Promotion Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Discussion Draft Addressing Energy Reliability and Security”

House Energy and Commerce
Consumer Product Safety Commission Oversight

House Financial Services Committee
“Protecting Critical Infrastructure: How the Financial Sector Addresses Cyber Threats”

Senate Appropriations Committee
FY2016 Appropriations: Energy-Water

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Markup: 21st Century Cures Act

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1363 : A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to submit to Congress a report assessing the capability of the Department of Energy to authorize, host, and oversee privately funded fusion and fission reactor prototypes and related demonstration facilities at sites owned by the Department of Energy.
Sponsor: Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1367 : A bill to amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act with respect to membership eligibility of certain institutions.
Sponsor: Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2391 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the payment of an additional rebate to the State Medicaid plan in the case of increase in the price of a generic drug at a rate that is greater than the rate of inflation.
Sponsor: Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2396 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the regulation of health software, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2400 : To establish the Office of the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Administration; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration, the Judiciary, Rules, and Appropriations, 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.

S.1364 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the payment of an additional rebate to the State Medicaid plan in the case of increase in the price of a generic drug at a rate that is greater than the rate of inflation.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.2398 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration to disclose certain return information related to identity theft, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Grothman, Glenn [WI-6] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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

TRANSPORTATION

S.1360 : A bill to amend the limitation on liability for passenger rail accidents or incidents under section 28103 of title 49, United States Code, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 5/18/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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