Today’s Daily Update

The House and Senate are in recess for Memorial Day.

House

 

Friday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session today.

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act: Senate passed S. 1463, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirement for expanded availability of hospital care and medical services for veterans through the use of agreements with non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities.
  • Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act: Senate passed H.R. 2496, to extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.
  • Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act: By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 193), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 70 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 186), Hatch Modified Amendment No. 1411 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1299), of a perfecting nature.
      • By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 191), Hatch Amendment No. 1221, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Rejected:
      • By 48 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 187), 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.
      • By 39 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 188), 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.
      • By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 189), Brown Amendment No. 1251 (to Amendment No. 1221), to require the approval of Congress before additional countries may join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
      • By 36 yeas to 62 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 190), Hatch (for Flake) Amendment No. 1243 (to Amendment No. 1221), to strike the extension of the trade adjustment assistance program.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Chair sustained a point of order that Wyden (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 1227 (to Amendment No. 1221), to make trade agreements work for small businesses, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • Chair sustained a point of order that Hatch (for McCain) Amendment No. 1226 (to Amendment No. 1221), to repeal a duplicative inspection and grading program, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • Chair sustained a point of order that 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, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • By 61 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 192), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
  • Measures Considered:
  • USA FREEDOM Act: Senate continued 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.

Saturday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Highway and Transportation Funding Act: Senate 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.
  • Girls Count Act: Senate passed S. 802, to authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 156, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to childhood stroke and recognizing May 2015 as ”National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month”, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • Measures Considered:
  • USA FREEDOM ACT–Agreement: By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 194), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on 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.
    • Subsequently, Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 31, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 195), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on 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.
    • Subsequently, Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.2570 : To establish a demonstration program requiring the utilization of Value-Based Insurance Design 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 and lower health care expenditures.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 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.

S.1455 : A bill to provide access to medication-assisted therapy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1456 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on primary care services furnished by Federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists.
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1466 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify payment under the Medicare program for outpatient department procedures that utilize drugs as supplies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1459 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the types of wines taxed as hard cider.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.1462 : A bill to improve the safety of oil shipments by rail and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1464 : A bill to require all recreational vessels to have and to post passenger capacity limits and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 5/22/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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