Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. Cloture has also been filed on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. In addition the Senate is expected to consider a transportation bill prior to recessing for Memorial Day.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • SPACE Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 2262, to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, by a yea-and-nay vote of 284 yeas to 133 nays, Roll No. 262.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-17 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute 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.
    • Agreed to:
      • Smith (TX) amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that makes technical corrections and requires a GAO report on state and municipal spaceports in the existing indemnification regime;
      • Grijalva amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that broadens the coverage of experimental permits to include suborbital launch vehicles to allow for non-revenue testing;
      • Rohrabacher amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that creates an independent study regarding indemnification for spaceflight participants including options, unintended consequences, and potential costs;
      • Castro amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that ensures the Orbital Traffic Management study includes input from nonprofit organizations that conduct research in space traffic and orbital activities;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that facilitates outreach to minority-and women-owned businesses on business opportunities in the commercial space industry; and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that facilitates the participation of HBCU, Hispanic Serving Institutions; National Indian institutions, in fellowships, work-study and employment opportunities in the emerging commercial space industry.
    • Rejected:
      • Edwards amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-127) that sought to substitute the text of S. 1297, a bipartisan Senate companion of this legislation (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 261).
    • H. Res. 273, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2262) and (H.R. 880), was agreed to on Wednesday, May 20th.
  • Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 263. Consideration began yesterday, May 20th.
  • Extending the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and making certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 2496, to extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • USA Freedom Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2048, to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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 Saturday, May 23, 2015.
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1357, to extend authority relating to roving surveillance, access to business records, and individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 until July 31, 2015.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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 the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2048, to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes.
  • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: By 62 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 183), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Hatch Amendment No. 1221 (listed above).
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Friday, May 22, 2015, and that all time during the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, May 22, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. All time during adjournment will count post cloture. Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will vote in relation to any remaining pending amendments and on the Hatch substitute. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute would expire at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow, Friday, May 22.
    • Upon disposition of the Hatch substitute, there would be a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be an additional 30 hours of post-cloture debate time, but no further amendments would be in order prior to a vote on passage of H.R.1314, as amended, if amended.
    • As a reminder, this morning Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday or upon disposition of the Trade bill, whichever is later.
  • Senator McConnell announced on the floor tonight that we will also consider a transportation bill before leaving for the Memorial Day recess.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1440 : A bill to amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude a loan secured by a non-owner occupied 1- to 4-family dwelling from the definition of a member business loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2488 : To preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities repealed by section 3204(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 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.2505 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the annual reporting of data on enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 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.2506 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to delay the authority to terminate Medicare Advantage contracts for MA plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings.
Sponsor: Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 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.2507 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish an annual rulemaking schedule for payment rates under Medicare Advantage.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 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.2547 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the development of accelerated approval development plans for investigational drugs and biological products.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2549 : To amend the HITECH Act with respect to accessing, sharing, and using health data for research purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1421 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize a 6-month extension of certain exclusivity periods in the case of approved drugs that are subsequently approved for a new indication to prevent, diagnose, or treat a rare disease or condition, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.2510 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.2517 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring energy tax incentives.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2520 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of excise tax on distilled spirits.
Sponsor: Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2523 : To make improvements to the antidumping and countervailing duty laws.
Sponsor: Rep Bost, Mike [IL-12] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1413 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve compliance in higher education tax benefits.
Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1444 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax regarding the taxation of distilled spirits.
Sponsor: Sen Peters, Gary C. [MI] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2495 : Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (68)
Committees: House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.2497 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a program to eliminate duplicative environmental reviews and approvals under State and Federal law of rail and highway projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-10] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.2565 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to restore the regular Medicaid matching rate for newly eligible individuals under the Affordable Care Act and to apply up to $15 billion of the savings each year to the Highway Trust Fund.
Sponsor: Rep Westerman, Bruce [AR-4] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1433 : A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to improve highway safety and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 5/21/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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