Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill. The House will consider H.R. 3236 – Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 and H.R. 1994 – VA Accountability Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 427, to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 482.
    • Rejected the Nolan motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 481.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-230, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Rodney Davis (IL) amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that requires the agency submitting the report on proposed Federal rule to include an assessment, as part of the cost-benefit analysis submitted to the Comptroller General and each House of Congress, of anticipated jobs gained or lost as a result of implementation, and to specify whether those jobs will come from the public or private sector;
      • Young (IA) amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that would require agencies to publish in the federal register a list of information on which a rule is based, including data, scientific and economic studies, and cost-benefit analyses, and where the public can access it online (by a recorded vote of 250 ayes to 159 noes, Roll No. 473);
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that requires congressional approval for all rules proposed under the authority of the Affordable Care Act (by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 167 noes, Roll No. 474);
    • Rejected:
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to add an exception to the bill for rules that the Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job growth (by a recorded vote of 163 ayes to 246 noes, Roll No. 475);
      • Capps amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to ensure that any rule intended to ensure the safety of natural gas or hazardous materials pipelines or prevent, mitigate, or reduce the impact of spills from such pipelines is not considered a ”major rule” under the bill (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 476);
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to exempt rules pertaining to the protection of the public health or safety from the requirements of the Act (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 477);
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to provide a ”special rule” pertaining to the safety of any products specifically designed to be used or consumed by a child under the age of 2 years (including cribs, car seats, and infant formula) (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 478);
      • Nadler amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to exempt from the bill’s congressional approval requirement any rule pertaining to nuclear reactor safety standards in order to prevent nuclear meltdowns like the one in Fukushima (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 479); and
      • Pocan amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-230) that sought to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from the requirements of this legislation, in regards to rulemaking for the availability of affordable medication and effective healthcare management for veterans (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 480).
  • H. Res. 380, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 427) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 167 noes, Roll No. 471, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 470.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, July 27th:
    • 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 472.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”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, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, to improve the processing of claims by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”.

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: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1994 – VA Accountability Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Benishek / Sinema Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mark Takano Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
    • H.R. 3236 – Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • Postponed Suspension Vote on H.R. 1300 – First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter King / Homeland Security 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 proposed thereto:
    • 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.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, that at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, all post-cloture time on McConnell Modified Amendment No. 2266 (listed above) be considered expired; and that if cloture is invoked on the bill, then the post-cloture time count as if cloture had been invoked at 6 a.m., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, with the time until 10 a.m., equally divided in the usual form.
  • Beck, Prieto, and Ochoa Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on 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, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Allison Beck, of the District of Columbia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director, Jeffrey Michael Prieto, of California, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture, and Carol Fortine Ochoa, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, General Services Administration, that Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations, and that no further motions be in order to the nominations.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill, with the time until 10:00am equally divided. All time during adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway/transportation substitute). At 10:00am, all post-cloture time on the McConnell substitute amendment #2266 will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to a series of votes (3 voice votes and 2 roll call votes are expected). Further, if cloture is invoked on H.R.22, the post-cloture time will count as if cloture had been invoked at 6:00am on Wednesday.
  • 10:00am on Wednesday – 3 voice votes, 2 roll call votes expected (additional procedural votes are possible)
    • Motion to table McConnell first degree amendment to underlying bill SA #2417 (date change) [voice vote expected]
    • Adoption of McConnell for Inhofe second degree amendment #2533 to SA #2421 (highway/transportation with technical changes and with Ex-Im) [voice vote expected]
    • Adoption of McConnell first degree amendment #2421 to SA #2266 (highway/transportation with technical changes and without Ex-Im) [voice vote expected]
    • Adoption of McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway substitute) [roll call vote expected]
    • Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.22, as amended, if amended [roll call vote expected]
  • Following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.22, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nominations, en bloc:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #137, Jeffrey Michael Prieto, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture [voice vote expected]
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #6, Allison Beck, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director [voice vote expected]
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #193, Carol Fortine Ochoa, to be Inspector General, GSA [voice vote expected]

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
Markup of Financial Legislation

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Paul Wayne Jones to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland

Senate Banking Committee
“The Role of Bankruptcy Reform in Addressing Too-Big-To Fail”

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

House Agriculture Committee
“Dodd-Frank Turns Five: Assessing the Progress of Global Derivatives Reforms”

House Judiciary Committee
“The Internet Of Things”

House Oversight Committee
DATA Act Implementation

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.3235 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to make grants to States for screening and treatment for maternal depression.
Sponsor: Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] (introduced 7/28/2015)      Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3241 : To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to authorize the establishment of, and provide support for, State-based universal health care systems that provide comprehensive health benefits to State residents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 7/28/2015)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Armed Services; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, 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.3243 : To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs).
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 7/28/2015)      Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 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.3244 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a pilot program to improve care for the most costly Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries through the use of comprehensive and effective care management while reducing costs to the Federal Government for these beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 7/28/2015)      Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 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.3250 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 7/28/2015)      Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.3255 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income certain amounts realized on the disposition of property raised or produced by a student farmer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] (introduced 7/28/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3264 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the Saver’s credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] (introduced 7/28/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 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.3267 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of payroll and self-employment taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] (introduced 7/28/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3236 : Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 7/28/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Natural Resources; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Education and the Workforce; House Budget; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2015 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 388 Reported to House. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994 , The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution.

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