Today’s Daily Update

The House agreed to H.Res. 340, returning to the Senate the bill (H.R. 1735), to authorize appropriations for military activities of the Department of Defense. The House began consideration of H.R. 2822 to make appropriations for the Department of the Interior.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Privileged Resolution: The House agreed to H. Res. 340, returning to the Senate the bill (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, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, with the Senate amendment thereto.
  • Question of Privilege: Representative Thompson (MS) rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. Subsequently, the Chair ruled that the resolution did present a question of the privileges of the House.
  • Agreed to the McCarthy motion to refer the resolution, H. Res. 341, to the Committee on House Administration by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 385.
  • Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015: The House agreed to the Ryan (WI) motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1295, to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, and the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, by a yea-and-nay vote of 286 yeas to 138 nays, Roll No. 388.
  • H. Res. 338, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1295) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 386, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, June 23rd:
    • 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), by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 387; 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 389.
    • Trade Act of 2015–Motion to Reconsider: Agreed by unanimous consent that the motion to reconsider the vote on the question of concurring in the matter comprising the remainder of title II of 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, is laid on the table.
    • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: Agreed to take from the Speaker’s table the bill (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, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, with the Senate amendment thereto, disagree with the Senate amendment and request a conference with the Senate thereon.
    • The Chair appointed the following conferees on H.R. 1735: From the Committee on Armed Services, for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Thornberry, Forbes, Miller (FL), Wilson (SC), LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Kline, Rogers (AL), Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Hunter, Hartzler, Heck (NV), Wenstrup, Stefanik, Smith (WA), Loretta Sanchez (CA), Davis (CA), Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, Garamendi, Johnson (GA), Speier, Castro (TX), and Duckworth.
      • The Chair announced that additional conferees will be appointed at a subsequent time.
  • Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016: The House began consideration of H.R. 2822, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Further consideration was postponed.
    • Agreed to:
      • Poe (TX) amendment that redirects funding within the Bureau of Land Management by $1,000,000;
      • Flores amendment that increases funding for the Bureau of Land Management by $5,000,000, increases funding for the National Forest System by $5,000,000, and reduces funding for the Environmental Programs and Management by $12,307,693;
      • Clawson (FL) amendment that increases funding for US Fish and Wildlife Service Resource Management by $1,000,000 and reduces funding for Environmental Programs and Management by $1,200,000;
      • Clawson (FL) amendment that increases funding for Operation of the National Park System Everglades Restoration by $1,000,000 and reduces funding for Environmental Programs and Management by $1,250,000;
      • Sewell (AL) amendment that increases funding for Operation of the National Park System by $2,500,000, increases funding for Historic Preservation Fund by $4,500,000, and reduces funding for Office of the Secretary Departmental Operations by $7,000,000;
      • Gallego amendment that redirects funding within the National Park Service by $1,000,000;
      • Tsongas amendment that redirects funding within Centennial Challenge projects and programs by $30,000,000;
      • Johnson (OH) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for State and Tribal Assistance Grants by $2,000,000;
      • Gosar amendment that increases funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education by $50,304,000 and reduces funding for Environmental Programs by $61,304,000;
      • Langevin amendment that reduces funding for the EPA Science and Technology by $1,625,000 and increases funding for the Environmental Programs and Management by $1,000,000;
      • Grayson amendment that redirects funding within Environmental Programs and Management by $2,212,000;
      • Mooney (WV) amendment that reduces funding for Environmental Programs and Management by $2,000,000 and increases funding for the Office of Inspector General by $1,000,000;
      • Mooney (WV) amendment that reduces funding for the Environmental Programs and Management by $2,000,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Tipton amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Wildland Fire Management by $20,000,000; and
      • Benishek amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Capital Improvement and Maintenance by $2,000,000.
    • Rejected:
      • Griffith amendment that sought to increase from 3 to 6 the Appalachian States with the greatest amount of unfunded needs to meet the priorities of the Surface Mining Control Reclamation.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Garamendi amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced funding for the Management of Lands and Resources by $14,000,000 and increased funding for Surveys, Investigation and Research by $11,611,000;
      • Yoho amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced funding for the Bureau of Land Management by $25,325,000 and applied the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Guinta amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Land Acquisition by $16,000,000;
      • Garamendi amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected funding within the Land and Water Conservation Fund by $1,000,000;
      • Yoho amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced funding for the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund by $29,904,000 and applied the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Plaskett amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected funding within Insular Affairs by $13,684,000;
      • Jackson Lee amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced funding for the Office of Inspector General Salaries and Expenses by $2,000,000 and increased funding for the Smithsonian Institution Salaries and Expenses by $1,500,000;
      • Grijalva amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have struck section 120, prohibiting use of funds regarding legal trade and transport of ivory;
      • McNerney amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for State and Tribal Assistance Grants by $861,000,000, increased funding for capitalization grants for the Clean Water State Revolving Funds by $432,000,000, and increased funding for capitalization grants for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds by $429,000,000; and
      • Beyer amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have struck the paragraph regarding EPA Administrator requirements to base agency policies and actions regarding air emissions from forest biomass on the principle that forest biomass emissions do not increase overall carbon dioxide accumulations in the atmosphere.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Beyer amendment that sought to increase funding for the National Park Service maintenance backlog by $11,500,000,000; and
      • Kildee amendment (No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record of June 24, 2015) that sought to add a new proviso providing new eligibility requirements for grant recipients.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Garamendi amendment that seeks to reduce funding for the Bureau of Land Management by $4,010,000 and increase funding for the US Fish and Wildlife Service by $3,902,000;
      • Capps amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Inland Oil Spill Programs by $5,434,000;
      • Sablan amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Insular Affairs by $5,000,000; and
      • Castor (FL) amendment that seeks to redirect funding within Environmental Programs and Management by $1,913,000.
  • H. Res. 333, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2822) and (H.R. 2042) was agreed to yesterday, June 24th.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Secretary of the Senate re-engross the Senate amendment to 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, with the following: Strike section 636.
  • Pro Forma Sessions–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate adjourn until the following dates and times to convene for pro forma session only with no business being conducted; that following each pro forma session, Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session, unless the House adopts the provisions of S. Con. Res. 19, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives; at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 26, 2015, at 2 p.m., on Tuesday June 30, 2015, and at 10 a.m., on Friday, July 3, 2015; and that Senate adjourn on Friday, July 3, 2015, until 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until July 7.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2896 : To require the Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when taking regulatory actions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tipton, Scott R. [CO-3] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2901 : To amend the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 to require that certain buildings and personal property be covered by flood insurance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2913 : To amend the Federal Reserve Act to improve the functioning and transparency of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2918 : To ensure fairness in premium rates for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program for residences and business properties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Curbelo, Carlos [FL-26] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1679 : A bill to amend the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 to require that certain buildings and personal property be covered by flood insurance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1682 : A bill to extend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and to require the Secretary of the Treasury to report on the use by Iran of funds made available through sanctions relief.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.2895 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish payment parity under the Medicare program for ambulatory cancer care services furnished in the hospital outpatient department and the physician office setting.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 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.2905 : To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide that only health plans made available by the Federal Government to Supreme Court Justices and staff are Exchange health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Babin, Brian [TX-36] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2911 : To provide an exception from certain group health plan requirements to allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees in the purchase of policies in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, 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.2921 : To intensify stem cell research showing evidence of substantial clinical benefit to patients, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1697 : A bill to provide an exception from certain group health plan requirements to allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees in the purchase of policies in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.2889 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the proper tax treatment of personal service income earned in pass-thru entities.
Sponsor: Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-9] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2890 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify certain rules applicable to qualified small issue manufacturing bonds.
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2891 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to inflation adjust the $5,000 limitation with respect to dependent care assistance programs and flexible spending arrangements.
Sponsor: Rep Moolenaar, John R. [MI-4] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2903 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform taxation of alcoholic beverages.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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.2907 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2946 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the corporate income tax rate to 20 percent.
Sponsor: Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1677 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1686 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the proper tax treatment of personal service income earned in pass-thru entities.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1687 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the insurance business exception to passive foreign investment company rules.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2886 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Automated and Connected Vehicle Research Initiative, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.2933 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a local rail facilities and safety program to award grants for freight capacity projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1680 : A bill to improve the condition and performance of the national multimodal freight network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 6/25/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 6/25/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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