Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 538 – Native American Energy Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Homebuyers Assistance Act: The House passed H.R. 3192, to provide for a temporary safe harbor from the enforcement of integrated disclosure requirements for mortgage loan transactions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 and the Truth in Lending Act, by a vote yea-and-nay of 303 yeas to 121 nays, Roll No. 540.
    • Rejected the Moulton motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 185 yeas to 240 nays, Roll No. 539.
    • H. Res. 462, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3192) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 537, after the previous question was ordered.
  • Establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce: The House agreed to H. Res. 461, amended, establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 538.
    • Agreed to the Foxx amendment by voice vote.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
  • H.R. 538 – Native American Energy Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, October 8, 2015; that the time from 10:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. be controlled by the Majority, that the time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. be controlled by the Democrats, and the time between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill occur at 12:45 p.m.
  • Conference Reports:
  • National Defense Authorization Act: By 70 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 277), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 1735, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 71 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 276), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to the conference report to accompany the bill. Subsequently, the point of order that the pending measure was in violation of section 3101 of S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 10:45am, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 10:45am, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The Republicans will control the time from 10:45am to 11:30am and the Democrats will control the time from 11:30am to 12:15pm. The time from 12:15pm to 12:45pm will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees, followed by a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2028.
  • Thursday at 12:45pm – 1 roll call vote
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #96, H.R.2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

S.2155: A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3697: To modernize and improve the program for economic opportunities for low-income persons under section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-7] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3700: To provide housing opportunities in the United States through modernization of various housing programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3704: To clarify that nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity can accept donated mortgage appraisals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3705: To require certain financial regulators to determine whether new regulations or orders are duplicative or inconsistent with existing Federal regulations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.3696: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent Medicare part B premium and deductible increases for 2016.
Sponsor: Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 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.2148: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent an increase in the Medicare part B premium and deductible in 2016.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2151: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide liability protections for volunteer practitioners at health centers under section 330 of such Act.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2153: A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require applicable manufacturers to include information regarding payments made to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other advance practice nurses in transparency reports submitted under section 1128G of such Act.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.3701: To require that the Secretary of the Treasury make available an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3703: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend qualified zone academy bonds for 2 years and to reduce the private business contribution requirement with respect to such bonds.
Sponsor: Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2147: A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to participant votes on the suspension of benefits under multiemployer plans in critical and declining status.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2158: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources.
Sponsor: Sen Lankford, James [OK] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2163: A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to require that broadband conduits be installed as a part of certain highway construction projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 10/7/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

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