Today’s Daily Update

The Senate continued consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to resume consideration on Monday. The House continued consideration of the T-HUD Appropriations Act and is expected to resume consideration on Tuesday.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016: The House continued consideration of H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Consideration is expected to resume Tuesday, June 9.
    • Agreed to:
      • Norton amendment that prohibits funds from being used in contravention of the 5th or 14th Amendment to the Constitution or title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the Federal Transit Administration’s Rapid Growth Area Transit Program;
      • Gallego amendment that prohibits the use of funds by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to redesign the Phoenix Metroplex regional airspace;
      • Maxine Waters (CA) amendment that prohibits the use of funds to carry out section 210 of this Act with respect to the Housing Authority of the county of Los Angeles, CA;
      • Walberg amendment that was debated on June 3rd that strikes section 102 from the bill which allows the Secretary or his designee to engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to the reduction of motorcycle fatalities (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 299); and
      • Stivers amendment that was debated on June 3rd that prohibits the use of funds for the Private Enforcement Initiative of the Fair Housing Initiatives Program under section 561(b) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987 (by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 307).
    • Rejected:
      • Norton amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to permit air transportation service between midnight and 6 a.m. at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA);
      • McClintock amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to zero out the funding for Payments to Air Carriers and apply the savings of $155,000,000 to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 255 noes, Roll No. 298);
      • Cartwright amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to strike section 134 of the bill, which prohibits the use of funds to develop, issue, or implement any regulation that increases levels of minimum financial responsibility for transporting passengers or property as in effect on January 1, 2014 (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 247 noes, Roll No. 301);
      • Garrett amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Federal Railroad Administration by $16,930,000 (by a recorded vote of 160 ayes to 266 noes, Roll No. 302);
      • Brooks (AL) amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to strike the paragraph providing funding for Operating Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (by a recorded vote of 143 ayes to 283 noes, Roll No. 303);
      • Brooks (AL) amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to strike the paragraph providing funding for Capital and Debt Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (by a recorded vote of 139 ayes to 286 noes, Roll No. 304);
      • Capps amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to increase funding in the Pipeline Safety Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund by $27,604,000 (by a recorded vote of 202 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 305);
      • Lee amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to administer, implement, or enforce section 193 or section 414 of this Act (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 247 noes with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 306); and
      • Esty amendment that was debated on June 3rd that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Federal Railroad Administration, by $3,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 308. Agreed by unanimous consent that the earlier roll call vote taken on the Esty amendment be vacated).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Polis amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have evaluated ridership on transit by ridership demand; and
      • Blumenauer amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced the amount for necessary expenses for the ”Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Salaries and Expenses” by $1.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Blackburn amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of June 3, 2015) that seeks to reduce each amount made available by this Act by 1 percent;
      • Gosar amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the rule entitled ”Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013;
      • Gosar amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled ”Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains”;
      • Posey amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to take any actions with respect to the financing of passenger rail projects along Florida’s East Coast;
      • Sessions amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to support Amtrak’s route with the highest loss, measured by contributions/(Loss) per Rider;
      • Sessions amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to support any Amtrak route whose costs exceed 2 times its revenues;
      • Schiff amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to enforce section 47524 of title 49, with regard to noise or access restriction of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA;
      • Posey amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to authorize exempt facility bonds to finance passenger rail projects that cannot attain the speed of 150 mph; and
      • Posey amendment that seeks to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to make a loan in an amount that exceeds $600,000,000 under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act.
    • H. Res. 287, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2577) and (H.R. 2578) was agreed to on June 2nd.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 1735, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 61 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 202), Portman Amendment No. 1522 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide additional amounts for procurement and for research, development, test, and evaluation for Stryker Lethality Upgrades, and to provide an offset.
      • Reed (for Bennet) Amendment No. 1540 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to brief and submit a report to Congress on the administration and oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs of contracts for the design and construction of major medical facility projects.
      • By 48 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 204), Tillis Amendment No. 1506 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for the stationing of C-130 H aircraft avionics previously modified by the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) in support of daily training and contingency requirements for Airborne and Special Operations Forces.
      • McCain (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 1618 (to Amendment No. 1463), of a perfecting nature.
      • McCain Amendment No. 1539 (to Amendment No. 1463), to prohibit the Department of Defense from entering into contracts to facilitate payments for honoring members of the Armed Forces at sporting events.
      • McCain (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 1551 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require a study and report on the changes to the Joint Travel Regulations related to flat rate per diem for long term temporary duty travel that took effect on November 1, 2014.
      • McCain (for Warner) Amendment No. 1571 (to Amendment No. 1463), to express the sense of Congress on diversity among members of the Armed Forces.
      • McCain (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1484 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require a report on Air National Guard contributions to the RQ-4 Global Hawk mission.
      • McCain (for Heller) Amendment No. 1511 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require additional elements in the report on the plan on the privatization of the defense commissary system.
    • Rejected:
      • By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 203), Reed (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 1494 (to Amendment No. 1463), to revise the definition of spouse for purposes of veterans benefits in recognition of new State definitions of spouse. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • Pending:
      • McCain Amendment No. 1463, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McCain Amendment No. 1456 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require additional information supporting long-range plans for construction of naval vessels.
      • Reed Amendment No. 1521 (to Amendment No. 1463), to limit the availability of amounts authorized to be appropriated for overseas contingency operations pending relief from the spending limits under the Budget Control Act of 2011.
      • Cornyn Amendment No. 1486 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require reporting on energy security issues involving Europe and the Russian Federation, and to express the sense of Congress regarding ways the United States could help vulnerable allies and partners with energy security.
      • Vitter Amendment No. 1473 (to Amendment No. 1463), to limit the retirement of Army combat units.
      • Markey Amendment No. 1645 (to Amendment No. 1463), to express the sense of Congress that exports of crude oil to United States allies and partners should not be determined to be consistent with the national interest if those exports would increase energy prices in the United States for American consumers or businesses or increase the reliance of the United States on imported oil.
      • Reed (for Blumenthal) Amendment No. 1564 (to Amendment No. 1463), to increase civil penalties for violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
      • McCain (for Paul) Modified Amendment No. 1543 (to Amendment No. 1463), to strengthen employee cost savings suggestions programs within the Federal Government.
      • Reed (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1559 (to Amendment No. 1463), to prohibit the award of Department of Defense contracts to inverted domestic corporations.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4 p.m., on Monday, June 8, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

 No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.2649 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of Medicare secondary payer rules to certain workers’ compensation settlement agreements and qualified Medicare set-aside provisions.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 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.2652 : To provide a 2-year grace period for physicians and other health care providers in transitioning from the use of ICD-9 to ICD-10.
Sponsor: Rep Palmer, Gary J. [AL-6] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (32)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 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.2653 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related reconciliation provisions, to promote patient-centered health care, to provide for the creation of a safe harbor for defendants in medical malpractice actions who demonstrate adherence to clinical practice guidelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (45)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and 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.

TAX

 H.R.2648 : To require adequate information regarding the tax treatment of payments under settlement agreements entered into by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.2657 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the energy credit to provide greater incentives for industrial energy efficiency.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2676 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the tax treatment for certain build America bonds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1515 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the tax treatment for certain build America bonds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1516 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the energy credit to provide greater incentives for industrial energy efficiency.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 6/4/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/4/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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