Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.61, the legislative vehicle for the Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement. The House will consider a series of 12 bills related to homeland security and natural resources under suspension of the rules.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House met at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 3:02 p.m.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 23 – National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 2) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 720 – Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 487 – To allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 959 – Medgar Evers House Study Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1214 – National Forest Small Tracts Amendments Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1289 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1554 – Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 1949 – National Liberty Memorial Clarification Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. G.K. Butterfield / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2223 – Crags, Colorado Land exchange Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 2791 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 11) S. 501 – New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act (Sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 12) S. 230 – To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel, Alaska (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Hire More Heroes Act–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of 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, taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • McConnell motion to commit the joint resolution to the Committee on Foreign Relations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2645, to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the motion.)
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2643 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2640), to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2641 (to Amendment No. 2640), to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Pending:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2640, of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640), to prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2657 (to Amendment No. 2656), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2658 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2640), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2659 (to Amendment No. 2658), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell motion to commit the joint resolution to the Committee on Foreign Relations, with instructions,
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2660, to prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2661 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2660), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2662 (to Amendment No. 2661), of a perfecting nature.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell Amendment No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, September 17, 2015.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell Amendment No. 2640, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell Amendment No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640).
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the joint resolution, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell Amendment No. 2640.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 265), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell Amendment No. 2640.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the joint resolution, be withdrawn.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2646 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2645), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to commit the joint resolution to the Committee on Foreign Relations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2645 (listed above) was tabled.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2647 (to Amendment No. 2646), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2646 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2645) (listed above) fell.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2644 (to Amendment No. 2643), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2643 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2640) (listed above) was tabled.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 2642 (to Amendment No. 2641), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2641 (to Amendment No. 2640) (listed above) was tabled.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments be at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with the Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half. Following morning business the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.61, the legislative vehicle for the Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement, with the time until 12:30pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, this evening the Senate tabled the amendment tree and Senator McConnell offered amendment #2656 (prohibits removal of Iran sanctions unless 4 political hostages are released and Iran formally recognizes the State of Israel as a sovereign and independent state) to McConnell amendment #2640 (Iran nuclear agreement resolution of disapproval) to H.J.Res.61, and other date change amendments to fill the amendment tree.
  • Senator McConnell filed cloture motions on:
    • McConnell amendment #2656 (hostages and Israel’s right to exist),
    • McConnell amendment #2640 (Iran nuclear agreement resolution of disapproval), and
    • H.J.Res.61, Hire More Heroes Act.
  • Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the McConnell amendment #2656 would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, September 17. If cloture is not invoked, there would be an immediate cloture vote on the McConnell amendment #2640. If cloture is not invoked on SA #2640, there would be an immediate cloture vote on H.J.Res.61. If cloture is invoked on any of these items, there would be up to 30 hours for debate.
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments to SA #2640 and the joint resolution is 2:30pm tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate HELP
“Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Improving Care Through Patient Access to Their Records”

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act”

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.3510: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a cybersecurity strategy for the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

HEALTH

H.R.3504: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (82)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2030: A bill to allow the sponsor of an application for the approval of a targeted drug to rely upon data and information with respect to such sponsor’s previously approved targeted drugs.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

HOMELAND SECURITY

H.R.3505: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve the management and administration of the security clearance processes throughout the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2036: A bill to suspend the current compensation packages for the chief executive officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

 TAX

H.R.3508: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an annual elective surcharge in lieu of estate tax, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3506: To enable State and local promotion of natural gas, flexible fuel, and high-efficiency motor vehicle fleets.
Sponsor: Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-16] (introduced 9/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

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