Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of H.R. 3134 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 and will consider H.R. 3504 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 758, to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 501.
    • Rejected the DelBene 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 yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 239 nays, Roll No. 500.
    • H. Res. 420, amended, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 348) and (H.R. 758) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 499.
    • Agreed to the Collins (GA) amendment by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 498, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 497.
  • Oath of Office–Eighteenth Congressional District of Illinois: Representative-elect Darin LaHood presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of a letter received from Mr. Steven S. Sandvoss, Executive Director, State Board of Elections for the State of Illinois, indicating that, according to the preliminary results of the Special Election held September 10, 2015, the Honorable Darin LaHood was elected Representative to Congress for the Eighteenth Congressional District, State of Illinois.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 and Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 421, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3134) to provide for a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. and (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, by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 503, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 502.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 3134 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Energy and Commerce / Committee)
  • H.R. 3504 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Hire More Heroes Act: Senate continued 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:
    • 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.
      • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
        By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 266), 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. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640).
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the joint resolution, be withdrawn.
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 267), 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.
      Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 36, to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children.
    • 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, a vote on cloture will occur on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2 p.m., on Monday, September 21, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“Improving the Medicaid Program for Beneficiaries”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Pipeline Safety: State and Local Perspectives”

Alliance for Health Reform
“Prescription Drug Costs: Trends and Tradeoffs in the Pipeline from Lab to Market”

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3541 : To amend the Federal Reserve Act to modify the goals of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

TAX

H.R.3539 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for clinical testing expenses for qualified infectious disease drugs and rapid diagnostic tests.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3550 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received on account of claims based on certain unlawful discrimination and to allow income averaging for backpay and frontpay awards received on account of such claims, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2045 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2059 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received on account of claims based on certain unlawful discrimination and to allow income averaging for backpay and frontpay awards received on account of such claims, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3536 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe a motor vehicle safety standard requiring commercial motor vehicles to be equipped with a forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 9/17/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2015 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.

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