Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 2577 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 and begin consideration of H.R. 2289 – Commodity End-User Relief Act, Rules Committee Print. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 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. 2088 – United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2051 – Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2394 – National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson / Agriculture Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 235 – Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 889 – Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee)
    • 6) H. Res. 295 – Supporting local law enforcement agencies in their continued work to serve our communities, and supporting their use of body worn cameras to promote transparency to protect both citizens and officers alike (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 2289 – Commodity End-User Relief Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Mike Conaway Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Ruben Gallego Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Mark Takai Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Moore / Huizenga / Sean Patrick Maloney / Crawford Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jackie Walorski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 2577 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further 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.
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Marsha Blackburn Amendment
      • Rep. Paul Gosar Amendment #1
      • Rep. Paul Gosar Amendment #2
      • Rep. Bill Posey Amendment #1
      • Rep. Pete Sessions Amendment #1
      • Rep. Pete Sessions Amendment #2
      • Rep. Adam Schiff Amendment
      • Rep. Bill Posey Amendment #2
      • Rep. Bill Posey Amendment #3

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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:
    • 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) Modified Amendment No. 1559 (to Amendment No. 1463), to prohibit the award of Department of Defense contracts to inverted domestic corporations.
      • McCain (for Burr) Amendment No. 1569 (to Amendment No. 1463), to ensure criminal background checks of employees of the military child care system and providers of child care services and youth program services for military dependents.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, June 9, 2015; that the time until 3 p.m. be equally divided between the managers, or their designees; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on or in relation to Reed Amendment No. 1521 (to Amendment No. 1463) (listed above); and that there be no second-degree amendment in order to the amendment prior to the vote.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour, equally divided with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA, with the time until 3:00pm equally divided between the managers or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 3:00pm, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the Reed amendment #1521 (OCO funding levels).
  • Prior to adjourning, Senator McCain stated that they expect to schedule further votes on amendments to the bill after the 3pm vote and hope to lock in the timing of those votes tomorrow morning.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Pending Energy Legislation

Senate Appropriations Committee
Draft Bill — Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2687 : To authorize an energy critical elements program, to amend the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] (introduced 6/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 6/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

S.1523 : A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 6/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 6/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.