Today’s Daily Update

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 71 yeas to 25 nays.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act: The House agreed to the motion to concur in the Senate amendment with an amendment printed in H. Rept. 114-167 to H.R. 2146, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 208 noes, Roll No. 374.
    • H. Res. 321, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2146) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 373, after the previous question was ordered.
    • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 321 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.
  • Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 160, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices, by a yea-and-nay vote of 280 yeas to 140 nays, Roll No. 375. Consideration began yesterday, June 17th.
    • H. Res. 319, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 160) and (H.R. 1190) was agreed to yesterday, June 17th.
  • Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015: The House began consideration of H.R. 1190, to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-157 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 319, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 160) and (H.R. 1190) was agreed to yesterday, June 17th.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • National Defense Authorization Act: By 71 yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 215), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • McCain/Blunt Modified Amendment No. 1974 (to Amendment No. 1463), to express the sense of Congress on the security and protection of Iranian dissidents living in Camp Liberty, Iraq.
      • McCain (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2030 (to Amendment No. 1463), to express the sense of Congress on the coordination of hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities on military land.
      • McCain (for Vitter) Modified Amendment No. 1472 (to Amendment No. 1463), to exclude AbilityOne goods from the authority to acquire goods and services manufactured in Afghanistan, central Asian states, and Djibouti.
      • McCain (for Daines) Amendment No. 1890 (to Amendment No. 1463), to modify the immediate applicability of basic allowance for housing for married members assigned for duty within normal commuting distance.
      • McCain (for Coats) Amendment No. 1705 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for military exchanges between senior officers and officials of the United States and Taiwan.
      • McCain (for Flake) Amendment No. 1720 (to Amendment No. 1463), to authorize transportation to transfer ceremonies for the family and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces who die overseas during humanitarian operations.
      • McCain (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1708 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require a strategy to promote United States interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
      • McCain (for Enzi) Amendment No. 1908 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for a small business procurement ombudsman.
      • McCain (for Paul) Amendment No. 1678 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for the more accurate and complete enumeration of members of the Armed Forces in any tabulation of total population by the Secretary of Commerce.
      • McCain (for Hatch/Inhofe) Amendment No. 1811 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for sustainment enhancement.
      • McCain (for Fischer/Booker) Amendment No. 1825 (to Amendment No. 1463), to authorize appropriations for national security aspects of the Merchant Marine for fiscal year 2016 and 2017.
      • Reed (for King/Carper) Amendment No. 2020 (to Amendment No. 1463), to demonstrate the effects of a method to facilitate the disposal of excess Army property and management of underutilized and unutilized property by providing an exemption from certain requirements for off-site use and off-site removal only of non-mobile properties.
      • Reed (for Menendez) Modified Amendment No. 2050 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require a report on the security relationship between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus.
      • Reed (for Coons) Modified Amendment No. 1474 (to Amendment No. 1463), to improve section 1204, relating to the National Guard State Partnership Program.
      • Reed (for Murphy) Amendment No. 1901 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require reporting on foreign procurements.
      • Reed (for Warren/Merkley) Amendment No. 1902 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on problem gambling among members of the Armed Forces.
      • Reed (for Blumenthal) Amendment No. 1563 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to jointly submit to Congress a report on the implementation of new or updated electronic health records in certain environments.
      • Reed (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1703 (to Amendment No. 1463), to authorize the provision of post-traumatic stress disorder training to military and security forces of the Government of Ukraine.
      • Reed (for Tester) Modified Amendment No. 1944 (to Amendment No. 1463), to reform and improve personnel security, insider threat detection and prevention, and physical security.
      • Reed (for Casey/Ayotte) Amendment No. 1747 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require the Department of Defense to support the security of Afghan women and girls during and after 2015.
      • Reed (for Schatz) Amendment No. 2006 (to Amendment No. 1463), relating to the policies of the Department of Defense on the travel of next of kin to participate in the dignified transfer of remains of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense who die overseas.
      • Reed (for Leahy) Amendment No. 1931 (to Amendment No. 1463), to improve the annual reports of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on the ability of the National Guard to meets its missions.
      • McCain (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 2011 (to Amendment No. 1463), to provide for cooperation between the United States and Israel on anti-tunnel capabilities.
      • Reed (for Bennet) Amendment No. 1916 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate a construction agent for certain construction projects by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 808, to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act: By 50 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 216), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on 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.
    • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act House Message–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2146, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Amendment No. 2060 (to the House Amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2061 (to Amendment No. 2060), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2062, to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2063 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2062), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2064 (to Amendment No. 2063), of a perfecting nature.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to 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 Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
  • Trade Preferences Extension Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1295, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell/Hatch Amendment No. 2065 (to the House Amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill), in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2066 (to Amendment No. 2065), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2067, to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2068 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2067), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2069 (to Amendment No. 2068), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2146, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50.
  • National Defense Authorization Act Printing–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that 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, as amended, and passed by the Senate, be printed.
  • H.R. 2146, and H.R. 1295 Filing Deadline–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to H.R. 2146, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, and to H.R. 1295, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, be at 4 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2015.
  • Neffenger and Elliott Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Peter V. Neffenger, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, and Daniel R. Elliott III, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed; and that no further motions be in order to the nominations.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled today.

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2824 : To provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Sponsor: Rep DeSaulnier, Mark [CA-11] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

HEALTH

H.R.2819 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to make certain provisions relating to health insurance inapplicable in a State that does not have an exchange established by the State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2829 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 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, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, House Administration, Rules, Appropriations, 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.

H.R.2841 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that eligible product developers have competitive access to approved drugs and licensed biological products, so as to enable eligible product developers to develop and test new products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1604 : A bill to establish the Transition to Independence Medicaid Buy-In Option demonstration program.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1622 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to devices.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.2821 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform partnership audit rules.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2838 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the deductibility of charitable contributions to agricultural research organizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-22] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2842 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify individual income tax rates.
Sponsor: Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1624 : A bill to provide predictability and certainty in the tax law, create jobs, and encourage investment.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.1626 : A bill to reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs, improve safety, streamline rail project delivery, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] (introduced 6/18/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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