Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The House will consider the motion to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1295 – Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 2042, to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units before requiring compliance with such rule, and to allow States to protect households and businesses from significant adverse effects on electricity ratepayers or reliability, by a recorded vote of 247 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 384.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-20 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Huizenga (MI) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-177) that offers a sense of Congress that the EPA should specifically address how the megawatt hours discharged from pumped hydroelectric storage will be incorporated in State and Federal implementation plans created by final rules made under section (2)(b) of this bill; and
      • Newhouse amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-177) that directs the EPA to recognize hydropower as a renewable energy source when issuing, implementing, and enforcing any final rule to address carbon dioxide emissions from existing sources under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
    • Rejected:
      • Pallone amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-177) that sought to require a governor wishing to opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to include a certification that electric generating units are sources of carbon pollution that contribute to human-induced climate change; and the state or federal plan to reduce carbon emissions from electric generating units would promote national security, economic growth and public health by addressing human induced climate change through the increased use of clean energy, energy efficiency and reductions in carbon pollution (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 381);
      • Rush amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-177) that sought to require a governor’s determination and shall also include certification that the inapplicability of a state or federal plan will not have a significant adverse effect on costs associated with a State’s plan to respond to extreme weather events associated with human-caused climate change, including flooding, intense storms, frequent wildfires, and increased drought (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 382); and
      • McNerney amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-177) that sought to require a state public utility commission/public service commission and the Electric Reliability Organization to conduct an analysis of any state or federal plan (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 383).
  • H. Res. 333, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2822) and (H.R. 2042) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 380, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 379.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1295 – Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1615 – DHS FOIA Efficiency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2200 – CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2822 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of 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.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act House Message: By 60 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 219) Senate agreed to the motion to concur in 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, after taking action on the following motion and amendment proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn:
      • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2061 (to Amendment No. 2060), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Amendment No. 2060 (listed above) was withdrawn.
  • Trade Preferences Extension Act: Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the H.R. 1295, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, with McConnell/Hatch Amendment No. 2065 (to the House Amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill), in the nature of a substitute, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn:
      • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 76 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 220), 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 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) (listed above).
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act: Senate continued consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Hatch, Cornyn, Thune, Isakson, Wyden, Schumer, and Stabenow.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the cloture motion relative to McConnell motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, request a conference with the House of Representatives, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees, be withdrawn.
  • Every Child Achieves Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Senate begin consideration of S. 1177, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:50am on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the first hour equally divided with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • During today’s session, the Senate reached an agreement that following leader remarks on Tuesday, July 7th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #63, S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.
  • At 5:30pm on Tuesday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
“Opening Doors to Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans and Their Families Through Entrepreneurship”

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
Cybersecurity And OPM Data Breach

Senate Finance Committee
“Unlocking the Private Sector: State Innovations in Financing Transportation Infrastructure”

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining Continuing Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”

DC Bar
SEC Staff Discuss Proposed Cross-Border Derivatives Rules

House Veterans’ Affairs – Tentative
Veterans Affairs Measures Markup

Senate Appropriations
FY16 Transportation, Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Bill and FY16 Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Appropriations Bil

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.2868 : To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.2869 : To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to permit cooperative governing of public entity health benefits through local governments in secondary States.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2878 : To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 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.2874 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of indebtedness income on education loans of deceased veterans.
Sponsor: Rep DesJarlais, Scott [TN-4] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2881 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of applicable large employer for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2883 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the publicly traded partnership ownership structure to energy power generation projects and transportation fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1656 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the publicly traded partnership ownership structure to energy power generation projects and transportation fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1658 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect employees in the building and construction industry who are participants in multiemployer plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1660 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1666 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on the election to accelerate the AMT credit in lieu of bonus depreciation for 2015 and 2016, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 6/24/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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