Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the McCain substitute amendment #1463 to H.R.1735, NDAA, post-cloture. Upon disposition of the NDAA bill, the Senate would then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations. The House will vote on H. Con. Res. 55- to remove the US Armed Forces from Iraq and Syria on or after August 7, 2014 consider, H.R. 160- Protect Medical Innovation Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014–Order of Business: Agreed by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to consider in the House H. Con. Res. 55, directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria, if called up by the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs or his designee; that the concurrent resolution be considered as read; and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the concurrent resolution to adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except for two hours of debate equally divided among and controlled by Representatives Royce, Engel, and McGovern or their respective designees.
  • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: The House passed H.R. 2596, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a recorded vote of 247 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 369.
    • Rejected the Dingell motion to recommit the bill to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 368.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-19 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 Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Israel amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to provide a report to the congressional intelligence and defense committees on the trends related to tunnel use by our adversaries and an update on collaborative efforts with partner countries;
      • Israel amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to provide a report to the congressional intelligence and defense committees on the cyber threat trends identified by the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, an assessment of collaborative efforts between federal agencies, and recommendations to improve those collaborative efforts;
      • Crowley amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that allows the Director of National Intelligence to provide grants to Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education for the purpose of offering advanced foreign language programs deemed in the immediate interest of the intelligence community and for study abroad and cultural immersion programs;
      • Keating amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires a report on intelligence sharing with members of the EU and NATO regarding the travel of foreign fighters to and from Iraq and Syria and an analysis of the challenges impeding coordinated intelligence efforts;
      • Keating amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that restores reporting requirement on the progress of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in implementing information-sharing principles;
      • Rooney (FL) amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires a report detailing the Intelligence Community’s utilization of the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program;
      • Moulton amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires a report and briefing regarding the impacts on the intelligence community (IC) of the recently disclosed cyber breach at OPM;
      • Turner amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress on the funding of political parties and NGOs in former Soviet states by the Russian Federation and the security and intelligence services of the Russian Federation;
      • Farr amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on continuous evaluation of security clearance;
      • Sinema amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that expresses the sense of Congress that the Intelligence Community should dedicate necessary resources to defeating the revenue mechanisms of the Islamic State; directs the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the strategy efforts;
      • Crowley amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires a report from the Director of National Intelligence on possibilities for growing national security cooperation between the United States, Israel, and India;
      • Wilson (SC) amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that directs the Director of National Intelligence to study how we measure cyber attacks and report to the relevant committees in both a classified and unclassified format;
      • Poe (TX) amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the nexus between terrorist groups and wildlife trafficking, how wildlife trafficking impacts U.S. national security, and key actors and facilitators of wildlife trafficking;
      • Poe (TX) amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report that represents the coordinated assessment of the intelligence community on how terrorists and terrorist organizations are using social media; and
      • Poe (TX) amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a strategy to defeat ISIL and al-Qaeda.
    • Rejected:
      • Schiff amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-155) that sought to strike four sections of the bill which add new restrictions to prevent the Administration from closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 246 noes, Roll No. 367).
  • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
  • H. Res. 315, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2596) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 366, after the previous question was ordered.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • H. Con. Res. 55 – Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria (Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 160 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2505 – Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2507 – Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2582 – Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2570 – Strengthening Medicare Advantage through Innovation and Transparency for Seniors Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2685, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
  • 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 on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
  • 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:
    • Adopted:
      • By 78 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. 209), Feinstein (for McCain) Amendment No. 1889 (to Amendment No. 1463), to reaffirm the prohibition on torture.
    • Rejected:
      • By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 210), McCain (for Ernst/Boxer) Amendment No. 1549 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for a temporary, emergency authorization of defense articles, defense services, and related training directly to the Kurdistan Regional Government. (Pursuant to the order of Thursday, June 11, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 211) Reed (for Gillibrand) Amendment No. 1578 (to Amendment No. 1463), to reform procedures for determinations to proceed to trial by court-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (Pursuant to the order of Thursday, June 11, 2015, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 26 yeas to 73 nays (Vote No. 213), Vitter/Moran Further Modified Amendment No. 1473 (to Amendment No. 1463), to limit the retirement of Army combat units, and to provide an offset.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Lee Amendment No. 1687 (to Amendment No. 1473), to provide for the protection and recovery of the greater sage-grouse, the conservation of lesser prairie-chickens, and the removal of endangered species status for the American burying beetle.
    • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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) Modified Amendment No. 1564 (to Amendment No. 1463), to enhance protections accorded to servicemembers and their spouses.
      • 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.
      • Fischer/Booker Amendment No. 1825 (to Amendment No. 1463), to authorize appropriations for national security aspects of the Merchant Marine for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
      • McCain (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1911 (to Amendment No. 1456), to require a report on the Department of Defense definition of and policy regarding software sustainment.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 83 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 212), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on McCain Amendment No. 1463 (listed above).
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that all time during morning business and the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on McCain Amendment No. 1463 (listed above).

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour, with Democrats controlling the first half and Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the McCain substitute amendment #1463 to H.R.1735, NDAA, post-cloture.
  • During Tuesday’s session of the Senate, Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations, and filed cloture on the motion. Upon disposition of the NDAA bill, the Senate would then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations.
  • Pending Amendments to H.R.1735, NDAA
    • McCain SA #1463 (substitute, which is the text of S.1376, the National Defense Authorization Act as reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee)
    • The following amendments are pending to the substitute:
      • McCain SA#1456 (naval vessels)
      • Cornyn SA #1486 (report on energy security issues involving Europe and the Russian Federation)
      • Markey SA #1645 (SoS re: crude oil exports)
      • Blumenthal SA #1564, as modified (civil penalties)
      • Paul SA #1543, as modified (employee cost savings suggestions programs)
      • Durbin SA #1559, as modified (inverted domestic corporations)
      • Fischer SA #1825 (Merchant Marines)
      • Hatch amendment #1911 (software sustainment) to McCain amendment #1456

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

POLITICO Pro Health Care Briefing
Life Savers, Budget Breakers: The Prescription Drug Cost Conundrum

FDA
Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee Meeting

House Appropriations Committee
Subcommittee Markup: Labor-HHS

Oversight and Government Reform
“Drones: The Next Generation of Commerce?”

House Ways & Means Committee
Long-Term Financing of the Highway Trust Fund

House Education & the Workforce Committee
“Restricting Access to Financial Advice: Evaluating the Costs and Consequences for Working Families and Retirees”

House Financial Services Committee
FSOC Annual Report

House Small Business Committee
“Crude Intentions: The Untold Story of the Ban, the Oil Industry and America’s Small Businesses”

Senate Commerce Committee
“Oversight of the Consumer Product Safety Commission”

House Judiciary Committee
Markup: Mobile Workforce, E-Commerce Bills

Senate HELP Committee
“Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Evaluating Accreditation’s Role in Ensuring Quality”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

 S.1581 : A bill to foster market development of clean energy fueling facilities by steering infrastructure installation toward designated Clean Vehicle Corridors.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1584 : A bill to repeal the renewable fuel standard.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1582 : A bill to establish pilot programs to encourage the use of shared equity mortgage modifications, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

TAX

H.R.2788 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for S corporation reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2789 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify S corporation shareholder and preferred stock rules with respect to banks.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1578 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance taxpayer rights, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 6/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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