Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA.

House

 

Friday:

  • Trade Act of 2015: The House considered the Senate amendment to 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. Pursuant to the Rule, the question of adoption of the motion was divided.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the first portion of the divided question on concurring in section 212 of the Senate amendment was considered as adopted.
    • On the second portion of the divided question, the House failed to concur in the matter comprising the remainder of title II of the Senate amendment by a recorded vote of 126 ayes to 302 noes, Roll No. 361.
    • On the third portion of the divided question, the House concurred in the matter preceding title II of the Senate amendment by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 362.
    • Representative Boehner moved that the House reconsider the vote on the question of concurring in the matter comprising the remainder of title II of the Senate amendment. Subsequently, proceedings on the motion were postponed.
    • H. Res. 305, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1314) and the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 644) was agreed to June 11th.
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015: The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment to the title and the Senate amendment to the text of H.R. 644, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory, with the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-146, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-146, by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 363.
    • H. Res. 305, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1314) and the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 644) was agreed to June 11th.

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. 2131 – To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the “J. Waties Waring Judicial Center” (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2559 – To designate the “PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway” in the State of Texas (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) H. Res. 233 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release the three United States citizens that it holds, as well as provide all known information on any United States citizens that have disappeared within its borders (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Kildee / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 891 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 141 Paloma Drive in Floresville, Texas, as the “Floresville Veterans Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1326 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2000 Mulford Road in Mulberry, Florida, as the “Sergeant First Class Daniel M. Ferguson Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1350 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 East 167th Street in Bronx, New York, as the “Herman Badillo Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. José Serrano / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 728 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7050 Highway BB in Cedar Hill, Missouri, as the “Sergeant First Class William B. Woods, Jr. Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, June 15, 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.1735, NDAA.
  • As a reminder, during Thursday’s session of the Senate, Senator McConnell filed cloture on McCain substitute amendment #1463 and the underlying bill, H.R.1735, NDAA. The filing deadline for all first degree amendments to both H.R.1735 and the McCain substitute amendment is Monday at 4:00pm. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture. If your senator has an amendment, please send a signed copy of the amendment to the cloakroom so that we may file it at the desk for you. If you have already filed, there is no need to re-file.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #131, Matthew McGuire, to be US Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Executive Calendar #132, Gentry Smith, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. There will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on the nominations in the order listed.
  • Monday at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #131, Matthew McGuire, to be US Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (roll call vote expected)
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #132, Gentry Smith, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions (voice vote expected)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

A look at mutual funds over the next 75 years
A discussion with Commissioner Kara M. Stein of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.2748 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare Program of hearing aids and related hearing services.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 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.2756 : To reform the provision of health insurance coverage by promoting health savings accounts, State-based alternatives to coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and price transparency, in order to promote a more market-based health care system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Abraham, Ralph Lee [LA-5] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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.2759 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 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.

TAX

H.R.2746 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit against tax for hurricane and tornado mitigation expenditures.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2752 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and increase the exclusion for benefits provided to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders.
Sponsor: Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (26)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2754 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the work opportunity credit permanent.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2750 : To reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, streamline transportation security regulations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Katko, John [NY-24] (introduced 6/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 6/12/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

 

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