Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the SPACE Act of 2015. The Senate is expected consider legislation related to FISA/USA Freedom Act and the Highway extension.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 880, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit, by a yea-and-nay vote of 274 yeas to 145 nays, Roll No. 260.
    • Rejected the Neal motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 181 yeas to 240 nays, Roll No. 259.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-127, shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 273, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2262) and (H.R. 880), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 251, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 250.
  • America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1806, to provide for technological innovation through the prioritization of Federal investment in basic research, fundamental scientific discovery, and development to improve the competitiveness of the United States, by a recorded vote of 217 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 258.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-15 shall be considered as read.
    • Agreed to:
      • Smith (TX) amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that makes technical corrections;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that creates state and regional workshops to train K-12 teachers in science and technology project-based learning to provide instruction in initiating robotics and other STEM competition team development programs; leverages the collaboration among higher education, businesses, and local private as well as public education agencies to support STEM efforts at schools located in areas with 1 percent or more above the national unemployment rate;
      • Esty amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that instructs NSF’s I-Corps to support and invest in female entrepreneurs;
      • Crowley amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that requires the National Science Foundation to establish a STEM grant program for Hispanic-serving institutions as authorized in the America COMPETES Act of 2007;
      • Kelly (PA) amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that increases the authorized funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership by $5,000,000, while decreasing the authorized funding level for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $5,000,000;
      • Grayson amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that authorizes the Energy Innovation Hubs Program within the Department of Energy;
      • Griffith amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that provides for the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader to appoint members to congressionally created advisory boards (by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 253);
    • Rejected:
      • Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that sought to strike section 106 of the underlying bill (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 252);
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that sought to eliminate additional DOE reporting requirements and restrictions on sound scientific processes to independently verify scientific results (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 254);
      • Bonamici amendment (No. 10 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that sought to allow the Department of Energy to continue partnering with the Department of Defense to produce biofuels for the military (by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 215 noes, Roll No. 255);
      • Beyer amendment (No. 11 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that sought to remove ”reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases” from goals of ARPA-E (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 256); and
      • Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 12 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-120) that sought to provide for sustained growth and policies across the scientific agencies that keep with the goals of the original Competes legislation (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 257).
  • H. Res. 271, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1806), (H.R. 2250), and (H.R. 2353), was agreed to yesterday, May 19th.
  • Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act–Rule for Consideration: The House considered H. Res. 274, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1335) to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, May 21st.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 2262 – SPACE Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / 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 of debate)
      • Rep. Raul Grijalva Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Donna Edwards Amendment (20 minutes of debate)

 

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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9 a.m., on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:00am on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade bill. There will be 1 hour for debate equally divided prior to a cloture vote on Hatch amendment #1221 (Trade substitute) to H.R.1314.
  • At 10:00am, there will be a cloture vote on the Hatch substitute amendment #1221. If cloture is not invoked, there would be a second vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying bill, H.R.1314. If cloture is invoked on the substitute, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on the substitute.
  • Before we leave for the Memorial Day weekend, the Senate is expected consider legislation related to FISA/USA Freedom Act and the Highway extension.
    • The following amendments are pending to H.R.1314, Trade:
      • Hatch SA #1221 (substitute)
      • Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA)
      • Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA)
      • McCain SA #1226 (catfish)
      • Portman-Stabenow SA #1299 (currency manipulation)
      • Brown SA #1251 (docking)
      • Shaheen SA #1227 (small business)
      • Warren SA #1327 (investor state dispute)
      • Hatch #1411 to #1299, as modified (currency)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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

Senate Banking Committee
Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015

House Financial Services
“A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Markup

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?”

Senate Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – E&W

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.1393 : A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in each regulatory impact analysis for a proposed or final rule an analysis that does not include any other proposed or unimplemented rule.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1405 : A bill to require a coordinated response to coal fuel supply emergencies that could impact electric power system adequacy or reliability.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2473 : To include credit unions as community financial institutions under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act.
Sponsor: Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2474 : To require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to impose fees and assessments to recover the cost of appropriations to the Commission.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.2477 : To amend securities, commodities, and banking laws to make the information reported to financial regulatory agencies electronically searchable, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.2482 : To amend the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2461 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and utilization of, bone mass measurement benefits under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a minimum payment amount under such part for bone mass measurement.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 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.2462 : To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.2463 : To authorize the Attorney General to provide grants for drug disposal sites.
Sponsor: Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

H.R.2476 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to facilitate the transition to Medicare for individuals enrolled in group health plans, to establish a 3-month open enrollment period under Medicare Advantage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 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.2479 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the issuance of up-to-date regulations and guidance applying to the dissemination by means of the Internet of information about medical products.
Sponsor: Rep Long, Billy [MO-7] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1396 : A bill to establish a demonstration program requiring the utilization of Value-Based Insurance Design in order to demonstrate that reducing the copayments or coinsurance charged to Medicare beneficiaries for selected high-value prescription medications and clinical services can increase their utilization and ultimately improve clinical outcomes, enhance beneficiary satisfaction, and lower health care expenditures.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1406 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to pharmacy compounding.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.1399 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and increase expensing limitations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2485 : To establish in the Department of the Treasury an infrastructure accelerator program to facilitate investments in and financing of certain infrastructure projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Torres, Norma J. [CA-35] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1404 : A bill to free States to spend gas taxes on their transportation priorities.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 5/20/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/20/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

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