Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 427 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act: H.R. 1138, to establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho;
    • Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015: H.R. 774, amended, to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and to amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention;
    • Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2015: H.R. 1831, amended, to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking;
    • Hire More Heroes Act of 2015: H.J. Res. 61, amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
    • Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015: S. 1482, to improve and reauthorize provisions relating to the application of the antitrust laws to the award of need-based educational aid, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 467;
    • Secret Service Improvements Act of 2015: H.R. 1656, amended, to provide for additional resources for the Secret Service, and to improve protections for restricted areas, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 365 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 468;
    • Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1634, amended, to strengthen accountability for deployment of border security technology at the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015: H.R. 998, amended, to establish the conditions under which the Secretary of Homeland Security may establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States;
    • Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015: H.R. 2750, amended, to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration and streamline transportation security regulations;
    • Keeping our Travelers Safe and Secure Act: H.R. 2770, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain maintenance of security-related technology at airports, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 380 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 469;
    • Independent Contractor Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2015: H.R. 2483, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide standards for determining employment status;
    • Securing Expedited Screening Act: H.R. 2127, amended, to direct the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to limit access to expedited airport security screening at an airport security checkpoint to participants of the PreCheck program and other known low-risk passengers;
    • State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act: H.R. 2206, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities;
    • Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2499, to amend the Small Business Act to increase access to capital for veteran entrepreneurs and to help create jobs; and
    • Ruth Moore Act of 2015: H.R. 1607, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act: H.R. 1300, amended, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers; and
    • Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015: H.R. 675, amended, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2015, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 427 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. David Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jason Smith Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Sessions / Rodney Davis / Wenstrup / Barr Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Lois Capps Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Pocan / Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1300 – First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter King / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 675 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Abraham / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Hire More Heroes Act–Agreement : Senate continued consideration of H.R. 22, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 64 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 256), McConnell (for Kirk) Amendment No. 2327 (to Amendment No. 2266), to reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
    • Rejected:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2329 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2266), of a perfecting nature. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Pending:
      • McConnell Modified Amendment No. 2266, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2421 (to Amendment No. 2266), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 2533 (to Amendment No. 2421), relating to Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2417 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2266), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2418 (to Amendment No. 2417), of a perfecting nature.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 79 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 255), Senate agreed to the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2330 (to Amendment No. 2329), to change the enactment date, fell when
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2329 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2266) (listed above), was tabled.
      • Chair sustained a point of order that McConnell Amendment No. 2328 (to Amendment No. 2327), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
      • By 62 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 257), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on McConnell Modified Amendment No. 2266 (listed above).
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015; that all time during the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on McConnell Modified Amendment No. 2266.

Today:

  • Schedule for Monday, July 27, 2015
  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill. All time during adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway/transportation substitute). If all time is used, the post-cloture debate time would expire at 5:08am on Wednesday, July 29. Procedural votes are possible on Tuesday.
  • Pending Amendments to H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill
    • McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway substitute)
    • McConnell first degree amendment #2421 to SA #2266 (highway/transportation with technical changes and without Ex-Im)
    • McConnell for Inhofe second degree amendment #2533 to SA #2421 (highway/transportation with technical changes and with Ex-Im)
    • McConnell first degree amendment to underlying bill SA #2417 (date change)
    • McConnell second degree amendment #2418 (date change)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

National Journal
Forum: “The Future of Medicare”

Senate Banking Committee
“Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban”

House Financial Services Committee
“Dodd-Frank Five Years Later: Are We More Prosperous?”

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services”

House Judiciary Committee
“America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic”

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Business Meeting / Markup of Energy Legislation

Pew Charitable Trusts, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Trust for America’s Health
“Developing an Approval Pathway for Limited-Population Antibacterial Drugs”

House Transportation & Infrastructure
Roundtable on Innovations in Pipeline Technology

House Homeland Security Committee
“Promoting and Incentivizing Cybersecurity Best Practices”

House Financial Services Committee
Markup of Financial Legislation

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.1869 : A bill to improve federal network security and authorize and enhance an existing intrusion detection and prevention system for civilian federal networks.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

ENERGY

H.R.3228 : To require that until a comprehensive study is completed, the volume of cellulosic biofuel mandated under the renewable fuel program be limited to what is commercially available, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3226 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require certain companies to disclose information describing any measures the company has taken to identify and address conditions of forced labor, slavery, human trafficking, and the worst forms of child labor within the company’s supply chains.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.3220 : To establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.3225 : To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for enhanced payments to rural health care providers under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, 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.

S.1871 : A bill to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3217 : To require the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on the adequacy of motor vehicle refueling assistance to individuals with disabilities, to promulgate regulations in accordance with the results of such study, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bustos, Cheri [IL-17] (introduced 7/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.