Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, vote on passage is expected around noon.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • VA Accountability Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1994, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, by a yea-and-nay vote of 256 yeas to 170 nays, Roll No. 489.
    • Rejected the Takano motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 488.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Veterans Affairs now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Benishek amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-234) that reforms and improves the VA Inspector General’s ability to report on problems and problem employees at the VA; requires the IG to release reports including employee misconduct to the public and explain what changes the VA has requested, requires the IG to identify a manager responsible for fixing an identified problem, makes it easier to fire an identified employee, and targets the bonuses of employees that fail to solve problems.
    • Rejected:
      • Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-234) that sought to provide VA Secretary the authority to immediately suspend without pay any employee whose performance or misconduct is a threat to health or safety; ensure back pay for whistleblowers unfairly terminated, and cap the payment of administrative leave to 14 days; make effective date of back pay provision October 1, 2015 (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 487).
  • H. Res. 388, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1994) and (H.R. 3236) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 484, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 483.
  • Question of Consideration: The Chair announced that the bill (H.R. 3236) to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, contained an emergency designation pursuant to section 4(g)(1) of the Statutory Pay-D909As-You-Go Act of 2010. Subsequently, the House agreed to consider H.R. 3236 by voice vote.
  • Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 3236, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, by a yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas to 34 nays with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 486.
  • H. Res. 388, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1994) and (H.R. 3236) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 484, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 483.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, July 27th:
    • 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 485.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

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 motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 2533 (to Amendment No. 2421), relating to Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2421 (to Amendment No. 2266), of a perfecting nature.
      • By 62 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 258), McConnell Modified Amendment No. 2266, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Rejected:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2417 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2266), to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
        McConnell Amendment No. 2418 (to Amendment No. 2417), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2417 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2266) (listed above), was tabled.
      • By 65 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 259), 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 bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 30, 2015; that the time until 12:00 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form; and that all time during the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the bill.
  • Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if the Senate receives the papers for H.R. 3236, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, that at 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, July 30, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the bill and vote on passage, with no intervening action of debate, and that there be a 60 affirmative vote threshold for passage of the bill.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Allison Beck, of the District of Columbia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director.
    • Carol Fortine Ochoa, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, General Services Administration.
    • Jeffrey Michael Prieto, of California, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, July 30, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, post-cloture, with the time until 12:00pm equally divided. All time during adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on H.R.22.
  • 12:00 noon – 1 roll call vote
    Passage of H.R.22, as amended (Highway/Transportation Reauthorization and Export-Import Bank Reauthorization)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Atlantic Council
“Empowering America: How Energy Abundance Can Strengthen US Global Leadership”

House Select Intelligence Committee
Global Cybersecurity Threats

Senate Homeland Security Committee Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
“Impact of the US Tax Code on the Market for Corporate Control and Jobs”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

 H.R.3305 : To help enhance American network security and mitigate cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hurd, Will [TX-23] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Sec

H.R.3360 : To provide for identity protection coverage and other services for individuals exposed to the OPM security breaches, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 ENERGY

 H.R.3289 : To prevent the waste of gas produced under oil and gas leases on Federal land and to collect royalty on all gas production.
Sponsor: Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3303 : To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal royalties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Financial Services, 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.3357 : To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require payment to counties of a portion of revenues received by the United States under Federal oil and gas leases.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3385 : To require pipelines regulated by the Secretary of Transportation to be made of steel that is produced in the United States and originates from iron ore and taconite mined and processed in the United States, for safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.3392 : To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to consider the objective of improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels in carrying out research and development programs under that Act.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred TO the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.3420 : To reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-20] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1891 : A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal royalties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 FINANCIAL SERVICES

 H.R.3275 : To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants and loans to owners of dated manufactured homes for the replacement of such dated manufactured homes with Energy Star-qualified manufactured or modular homes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3297 : To reform the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3317 : To require the Government Accountability Office to conduct periodic reviews of the flood insurance rates and flood insurance rate maps under the national flood insurance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3340 : To place the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research under the regular appropriations process, to provide for certain quarterly reporting and public notice and comment requirements for the Office of Financial Research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Emmer, Tom [MN-6] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3393 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to clarify that the points and fees in connection with a mortgage loan do not include certain compensation amounts already taken into account in setting the interest rate on such loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3424 : To provide for extension of agreements between the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and public housing agencies participating in the Moving to Work Demonstration Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.3285 : To provide for a study by the Institute of Medicine on health disparities, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines on reducing health disparities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 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.3288 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to change the method of determining disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3292 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to revise Medicare payment for indirect medical education (IME) costs in teaching hospitals.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3298 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for value-based purchasing of post-acute care services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 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.3308 : To expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (76)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 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.3309 : To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the electronic health records meaningful use programs under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 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.3323 : To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to improve health care coverage under vision and dental plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [GA-1] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3352 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide greater flexibility with respect to waivers granted to States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 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.1884 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.3287 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the treatment of banks organized as limited liability companies.
Sponsor: Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3311 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal fossil fuel subsidies for oil companies.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3318 : To require the Secretary of the Treasury to modify regulations to increase the amount of the de minimis safe harbor election for exemption from capital expenditures for taxpayers without certain financial statements.
Sponsor: Rep Blum, Rod [IA-1] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3321 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the volumetric excise tax credit for liquid fuel derived from natural gas through the Fischer-Tropsch process.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3390 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3404 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow tax free distributions from health savings accounts for fitness facility membership and classes.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3407 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to remove the deduction for charitable contributions from the overall limitation on itemized deductions.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3409 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude payments received under the Work Colleges Program from gross income, including payments made from institutional funds.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Jason [MO-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3337 : To facilitate efficient investments and financing of infrastructure projects and new job creation through the establishment of a National Infrastructure Development Bank, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (70)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Financial Services; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, and 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.3376 : To authorize States to carry out bridge construction, maintenance, repair, and replacement projects using previously allocated surface transportation funds that are identified as being excess or inactive, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3398 : To improve the condition and performance of the national multimodal freight network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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