Today’s Daily Update

By 65 yeas to 34 nays the Senate passed H.R. 22, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 236, designating July 30, 2015, as ”National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”.
  • Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act: By 65 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 260), Senate passed H.R. 22, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2542, to amend the title.
  • Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act: By 91 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 261),
  • Senate 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, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, by the order of the Senate of Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative.
  • Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015: Senate passed S. 1172, to improve the process of presidential transition, after agreeing to the committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Carper/Johnson) Amendment No. 2543, relative to presidential transitions.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Prohibit Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1881, to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, July 30, 2015, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, August 3, 2015.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2 p.m., on Monday, August 3, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Pro Forma Session–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 31, 2015, for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted; and that following the pro forma session, Senate adjourn until 2 p.m., on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1901 : A bill to help small businesses access capital and create jobs by reauthorizing the successful State Small Business Credit Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1909 : A bill to protect communities from destructive Federal overreach by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.1903 : A bill to provide for a study by the National Academy 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: Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1906 : A bill to clarify the exclusion of orphan drug sales from the calculation of the annual fee on branded prescription pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1913 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1905 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the reduced recognition period for built-in gains for S corporations.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1907 : A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 7/30/2015) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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