Today’s Daily Update

The House will Begin Consideration of H.R. 2578 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 and the Senate will resume consideration of the USA Freedom Act

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Authorizing early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska: H.R. 404, to authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska;
    • Native American Children’s Safety Act: H.R. 1168, to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings;
    • Revoking the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe: H.R. 533, to revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe;
    • Designating a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest as ”Sky Point”: H.R. 979, to designate a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest as ”Sky Point”;
    • Directing 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: 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;
    • Reauthorizing the National Estuary Program: H.R. 944, to reauthorize the National Estuary Program;
    • Girls Count Act of 2015: 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; and
    • Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act: H.R. 1493, amended, to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural or other disasters.
  • Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act: The House passed 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 recorded vote of 225 ayes to 152 noes, Roll No. 267.
    • Rejected the Peters motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 155 yeas to 223 nays, Roll No. 266.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-16 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 Natural Resources now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Keating amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that amends Section 10(3) Use of Asset Forfeiture Fund for Fishery Independent DataCollection to include fishery research and independent stock assessments, conservation gear engineering, at-sea and shoreside monitoring, fishery impact statements, and other priorities established by the Council as necessary to rebuild or maintain sustainable fisheries, ensure healthy ecosystems, and maintain fishing communities;
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that provides for additional information for stock assessments, the use of students to collect marine recreational fishing data and clarifies information for Council reviews; and
      • Wittman amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that gives NOAA the authority to use alternative fishery management measures.
    • Rejected:
      • Huffman amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that sought to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and improve fisheries management and data collection;
      • Dingell amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that sought to eliminate the requirement to fast-track analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (by a recorded vote of 155 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 264); and
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that sought to allow the National Ocean Council, operating under Executive Order 13547, to develop a process for decommissioning oil and gas rigs that eliminate harm to the red snapper stock and improve habitat (by a recorded vote of 149 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 265).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Graves (LA) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-128) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have conferred management of snapper fisheries to Gulf of Mexico states similar to the management of Atlantic Striped Bass to Atlantic states; sought to improve the science of snapper fisheries monitoring.
    • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
    • H. Res. 274, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1335) was agreed to on May 21st.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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: TBD.
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2578 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Culberson / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules. Additionally, the Rule provides for 10 minutes of debate per amendment equally divided between the proponent and an opponent and up to 10 pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate offered by the Chair and Ranking Member or their designee.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • USA FREEDOM Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015; and that the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to the bill be at 10 a.m.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 10:00am. Under the regular order, the cloture vote on the USA Freedom Act will occur at 10:30am.
  • As a reminder, during Sunday’s session Senator McConnell 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.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Market Risk Advisory Committee

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
“Oversight of the Amtrak Accident in Philadelphia”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Quadrennial Energy Review and Related Discussion Drafts”

Senate Finance Committee
“Internal Revenue Service Data Theft Affecting Taxpayer Information”

Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee
“Perspectives on the Export-Import Bank of the United States”

House Judiciary Committee
HR 2315 — Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act; HR 1643 — A bill to promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services; Draft Bill — The Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2015

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Medicaid Program Integrity: Screening Out Errors, Fraud and Abuse”

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2016 Defense Spending

House Ways & Means Committee
Markup of Health Legislation

House Financial Services Committee
“The National Flood Insurance Program: Oversight of Superstorm Sandy Claims”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“The IRS Data Breach: Steps to Protect Americans’ Personal Information”

Republican Study Committee Panel
Economic Impact of Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

House Energy & Commerce Committee
Markup: H.R. 2576, “TSCA Modernization Act of 2015”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2600 : To address the concept of “Too Big To Fail” with respect to certain financial entities.
Sponsor: Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-30] (introduced 6/1/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/1/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2597 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote health care technology innovation and access to medical devices and services for which patients choose to self-pay under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 6/1/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/1/2015 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.

TAX

H.R.2584 : To regulate certain State taxation of interstate commerce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] (introduced 6/1/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 6/1/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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