Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act.

House

 

Friday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 404 – To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 533 – To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1168 – Native American Children’s Safety Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 979 – To designate a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest as “Sky Point” (Sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 336 – To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 944 – To reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 7) S. 802 – Girls Count Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 1493 – Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 1335 – Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Debbie Dingell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sam Farr Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Keating / Lynch / Moulton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Don Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Garret Graves Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Rob Wittman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jared Huffman Amendment (20 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Sunday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • USA FREEDOM Act–Agreement: Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell/Burr Amendment No. 1449, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 1450 (to Amendment No. 1449), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 1451 (to Amendment No. 1450), relating to appointment of amicus curiae.
      • McConnell/Burr Amendment No. 1452 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1449), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 1453 (to Amendment No. 1452), to change the enactment date.
    • 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 on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Saturday, May 23, 2015, was agreed to.
      • The motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Saturday, May 23, 2015, was agreed to.
      • By 77 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. 196), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 1 p.m., on Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1735, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
    • 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 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.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12 noon on Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act.
    • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R.2048 during Sunday’s session. If no agreement is reached, the cloture vote will occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday. The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 1:00pm tomorrow, Monday June 1. The filing deadline for second degree amendments would be 1 hour prior to the cloture vote on Tuesday. Senator McConnell also moved to proceed to Calendar #99, H.R.1735, Defense Authorization, and filed cloture on the motion. That cloture vote would occur upon disposition of H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act.
    • Pending amendments to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act:
      • McConnell SA #1449 (substitute)
      • McConnell first degree to the substitute SA #1450 (12 month transition)
      • McConnell second degree SA #1451 (amicus)
      • McConnell SA #1452 to the underlying bill (includes provisions of amendments 1449, 1450, and 1451)
      • McConnell second degree SA #1453 (date change)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.2579 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the risk adjustment under the Medicare Advantage program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 5/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/29/2015 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.2580 : To provide for a technical change to the Medicare long-term care hospital moratorium exception, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 5/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2581 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a 3-year demonstration program to test the use of value-based insurance design methodologies under eligible Medicare Advantage plans, to preserve Medicare beneficiary choice under Medicare Advantage, to revise the treatment under the Medicare program of infusion drugs furnished through durable medical equipment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 5/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/29/2015 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.2582 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the risk adjustment under the Medicare Advantage program, to delay the authority to terminate Medicare Advantage contracts for MA plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] (introduced 5/29/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/29/2015 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.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2577 : Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Sponsor: Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] (introduced 5/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
House Reports: 114-129
Latest Major Action: 5/27/2015 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 92.

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