Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314 the legislative vehicle for trade legislation. The House will consider H.R. 880 – American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 and H.R. 1806 – America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, May 18th:
    • Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015: S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 244.
  • Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on H.R. 2353 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
  • Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 2353, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, by a recorded vote of 387 ayes to 35 noes with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 249.
    • Rejected the Esty 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 182 yeas to 241 nays, Roll No. 248.
  • H. Res. 271, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1806), (H.R. 2250), and (H.R. 2353), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 243, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016: The House passed H.R. 2250, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, by a yea-and-nay vote 357 yeas to 67 nays, Roll No. 247.
    • Agreed to:
      • Flores amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-120) that prohibits any funds for delivering printed copies of the Congressional Pictorial Directory; and
      • Ratcliffe amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-120) that zeros out $5,700,000 in funding for the Open World Leadership Center and applies the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 245).
    • Rejected:
      • Blackburn amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-120) that provides for a one percent across the board cut. Exempts Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, and the Sergeant at Arms (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 246).
      • H. Res. 271, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1806), (H.R. 2250), and (H.R. 2353), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 243, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • American Super Computing Leadership Act: H.R. 874, to amend the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to improve the high-end computing research and development program of the Department of Energy;
    • Science Prize Competitions Act: H.R. 1162, amended, to make technical changes to provisions authorizing prize competitions under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980;
    • Research and Development Efficiency Act: H.R. 1119, amended, to improve the efficiency of Federal research and development;
    • International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2015: H.R. 1156, amended, to authorize the establishment of a body under the National Science and Technology Council to identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation opportunities;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To authorize the establishment or designation of a working group under the National Science and Technology Council to identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation opportunities.”.
  • Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015: H.R. 1561, amended, to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data; and
  • Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2015: H.R. 1158, amended, to improve management of the National Laboratories, enhance technology commercialization, and facilitate public-private partnerships.

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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 880 – American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 1806 – America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Lamar Smith Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Bill Foster Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Elizabeth Esty Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Reps. Crowley / Serrano / Lujan / Hurd / Curbelo Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Morgan Griffith Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Mike Kelly Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Reps. Bonamici / Smith (WA) / Peters Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Reps. DeSaulnier / Beyer Amendment (10 minutes)
      • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Amendment (20 minutes)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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, 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 Inhofe/Coons) Modified Amendment No. 1312 (to Amendment No. 1221), to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to require the development of a plan for each sub-Saharan African country for negotiating and entering into free trade agreements.
      • Hatch (for McCain) Amendment No. 1226 (to Amendment No. 1221), to repeal a duplicative inspection and grading program.
      • Stabenow (for Portman) Amendment No. 1299 (to Amendment No. 1221), to make it a principal negotiating objective of the United States to address currency manipulation in trade agreements.
      • Brown Amendment No. 1251 (to Amendment No. 1221), to require the approval of Congress before additional countries may join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
      • Wyden (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 1227 (to Amendment No. 1221), to make trade agreements work for small businesses.
      • Wyden (for Warren) Amendment No. 1327 (to Amendment No. 1221), to prohibit the application of the trade authorities procedures to an implementing bill submitted with respect to a trade agreement that includes investor-state dispute settlement.
      • Hatch Modified Amendment No. 1411 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1299), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the Hatch Amendment No. 1221 to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Hatch Amendment No. 1221 to the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314 the legislative vehicle for trade legislation.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Hatch amendment #1221 (substitute) and on the underlying bill. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment will be 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday. There is a 1:00pm filing deadline tomorrow, Wednesday, for all first-degree amendments.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1372 : A bill to repeal the crude oil export ban, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1383 : A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to subject the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to the regular appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Perdue, David [GA] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.6 : To accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of 21st century cures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 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.2416 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to evaluate the potential use of evidence from clinical experience to help support the approval of new indications for approved drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2419 : To amend the Public Health Services Act to reauthorize funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2421 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase accountability at the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2422 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to third-party quality system assessment.
Sponsor: Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2426 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to easing regulatory burden with respect to certain class I and class II devices.
Sponsor: Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2437 : To amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act regarding high cost durable medical equipment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 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.2444 : To authorize the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to award grants for studying the process of continuous drug manufacturing.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2459 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance the reporting requirements pertaining to use of antimicrobial drugs in food animals.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1368 : A bill to establish the Office of the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.2409 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow small businesses to defer the payment of certain employment taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2412 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credit for residential energy efficient property and the energy credit.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-5] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2429 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of income contingent and income-based student loan indebtedness.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (34)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2410 : To authorize highway infrastructure and safety, transit, motor carrier, rail, and other surface transportation programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (by request) (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Natural Resources; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform, the Budget, and Rules, 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.

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