Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146, Trade Promotion Authority. The House will consider H.R. 2042 – Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 and the motion to go to Conference on H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • DOTCOM Act of 2015: H.R. 805, amended, to prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibility over the Internet domain name system until the Comptroller General of the United States submits to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to such system, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 25 nays, Roll No. 377;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To provide for certain requirements relating to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority stewardship transition.”.
    • TSCA Modernization Act of 2015: H.R. 2576, amended, to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 378;
    • Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 893, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town;
    • Bullion and Collectible Coin Production Efficiency and Cost Savings Act: H.R. 1698, amended, to amend design and content requirements for certain gold and silver coins;
    • United States Cotton Futures Act: H.R. 2620, amended, to amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to exclude certain cotton futures contracts from coverage under such Act;
    • Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1640, amended, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a report on the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital Region;
    • DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1633, amended, to provide for certain improvements relating to the tracking and reporting of employees of the Department of Homeland Security placed on administrative leave, or any other type of paid non-duty status without charge to leave, and for personnel matters;
    • Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act: H.R. 1646, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to research how small and medium sized unmanned aerial systems could be used in an attack, and how to prevent or mitigate the effects of such an attack;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to research how certain commercially available small and medium sized unmanned aircraft systems could be used in an attack, how to prevent or mitigate the risk of such an attack, and for other purposes.”.
    • DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015: H.R. 1626, amended, to reduce duplication of information technology at the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015: H.R. 1637, to require annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of federally funded research and development centers within the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Homeland Security University-based Centers Review Act: H.R. 2390, amended, to require a review of university-based centers for homeland security; and
    • DHS Interoperable Communications Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 615, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1190, to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 376. Consideration began on June 18th.
    • H. Res. 319, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 160) and (H.R. 1190) was agreed to on June 17th.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015: H.R. 1615, amended, to direct the Chief FOIA Officer of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in the implementation of section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act); and
    • CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015: H.R. 2200, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 2042 – Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Frank Pallone Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bobby Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Huizenga / Kildee / Collins (GA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Dan Newhouse Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act House Message–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, taking action on the following motion proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, request a conference with the House of Representatives, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the McConnell motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, request a conference with the House of Representatives, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees, 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 the bill, with McConnell/Hatch Amendment No. 2065.
  • Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act House Message: Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2146, 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 60 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 218), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2062, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2063 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2062), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2062 fell.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2064 (to Amendment No. 2063), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2063 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2062) fell.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 24, 2015; and that all time during the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146, Trade Promotion Authority, post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, the vote on adoption of the motion to concur would occur at approximately 5:30pm. Upon disposition of TPA, there would be an immediate cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.1295, with an amendment (Preferences and Trade Adjustment Assistance).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
“S. ____, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act”

House Ways & Means
ACA and Insurance Premiums

Senate Finance Committee
Markup: Healthcare Bills

House Oversight & Government Reform
OPM Data Breach

House Transportation & Infrastructure
U.S. Train Control Implementation

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup: FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education

House Financial Services Committee
“Evaluating the Security of the U.S. Financial Sector”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Meeting the Transportation Needs of Rural America”

House Ways and Means Committee
Repatriation Tax and Highway Funding

House Homeland Security Committee
DHS’ Efforts to Secure .Gov

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.2864 : To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from extending the renewable fuel program past 2022 if the Administrator waives applicable volume requirements in prior years.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2851 : To require each insurer that considers marital status in the rating or underwriting of an insurance policy to consider the proposed insured to be married if the proposed insured is legally married under the laws of any State, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.2846 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of cancer care planning and coordination under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 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.

S.1648 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create a sustainable future for rural healthcare.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1650 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make changes to the Medicare home health face-to-face encounter requirements.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1653 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to enhance access for independent agents and brokers to information regarding marketplace enrollment.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.2854 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the occupational tax on gambling with respect to wagers authorized under State law.
Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1644 : A bill to permanently extend the private mortgage insurance tax deduction.
Sponsor: Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.1647 : A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 6/23/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.