Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of S.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The House will consider H.R. 692 – Default Prevention Act, H.R. 10 – SOAR Reauthorization Act, and will consider S. 1362 – To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs) under suspension of the rules.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Judicial Redress Act of 2015: H.R. 1428, to extend Privacy Act remedies to citizens of certified states;
  • Securing the Cities Act of 2015: H.R. 3493, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Securing the Cities program to enhance the ability of the United States to detect and prevent terrorist attacks and other high consequence events utilizing nuclear or other radiological materials that pose a high risk to homeland security in high-risk urban areas, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 550;
  • Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act: H.R. 3350, to require a terrorism threat assessment regarding the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological materials through United States land borders and within the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 551;
  • DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 3572, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform, streamline, and make improvements to the Department of Homeland Security and support the Department’s efforts to implement better policy, planning, management, and performance;
  • Amending section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code: H.R. 1315, to amend section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, to require that annual budget submissions of the President to Congress provide an estimate of the cost per taxpayer of the deficit; and
  • Supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future: H. Res. 348, amended, supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 552.
  • Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 2162, to establish a 10-year term for the service of the Librarian of Congress.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15-3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 692 – Default Prevention Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 10 – SOAR Reauthorization Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Boehner / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Jason Chaffetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 1362 – To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs) (Sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act : Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2146, to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 280), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 754, to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Burr (for Cotton) Modified Amendment No. 2581 (to Amendment No. 2716), to exempt from the capability and process within the Department of Homeland Security communication between a private entity and the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the United States Secret Service regarding cybersecurity threats.
      • Feinstein (for Coons) Modified Amendment No. 2552 (to Amendment No. 2716), to modify section 5 to require DHS to review all cyber threat indicators and countermeasures in order to remove certain personal information.
      • Burr (for Flake/Franken) Amendment No. 2582 (to Amendment No. 2716), to terminate the provisions of the Act after six years.
      • Feinstein (for Franken) Modified Amendment No. 2612 (to Amendment No. 2716), to improve the definitions of cybersecurity threat and cyber threat indicator.
      • Burr (for Heller) Modified Amendment No. 2548 (to Amendment No. 2716), to protect information that is reasonably believed to be personal information or information that identifies a specific person.
      • Feinstein (for Leahy) Modified Amendment No. 2587 (to Amendment No. 2716), to strike the FOIA exemption.
      • Burr (for Paul) Modified Amendment No. 2564 (to Amendment No. 2716), to prohibit liability immunity to applying to private entities that break user or privacy agreements with customers.
      • Feinstein (for Mikulski/Cardin) Amendment No. 2557 (to Amendment No. 2716), to provide amounts necessary for accelerated cybersecurity in response to data breaches.
      • Feinstein (for Whitehouse/Graham) Modified Amendment No. 2626 (to Amendment No. 2716), to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect Americans from cybercrime.
      • Feinstein (for Wyden) Modified Amendment No. 2621 (to Amendment No. 2716), to improve the requirements relating to removal of personal information from cyber threat indicators before sharing.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, 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 Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the time equally divided, and with the Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration ofS.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716 (substitute) and S.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the substitute would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, October 22.
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the substitute and bill is 1:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order if cloture is invoked.
  • The following amendments are pending to S.754, Cybersecurity
    • Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716 (substitute)
    • Cotton #2581 (FBI/Secret Service), as modified to correct instruction line
    • Coons #2552 (Personal ID information scrub), as modified to correct instruction line
    • Flake #2582 (6 year sunset)
    • Franken #2612 (cybersecurity and cyber threat indicator definition), as modified to correct instruction line
    • Heller #2548 (“reasonably believe”) as modified to correct instruction line
    • Leahy #2587 (Strike FOIA Exemption) , as modified to correct instruction line
    • Paul #2564 (liability immunity), as modified to correct instruction line
    • Mikulski #2557 (Plus up Cyber funding OPM)
    • Whitehouse #2626, as modified (Cyber crime)
    • Wyden #2621 (Remove Personal ID information), as modified to correct instruction line

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
Regulatory Burdens on Main Street

House Science, Space & Technology
“Cybersecurity for Power Systems”

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Examining the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management Program”

House Small Business Committee
“The EMV Deadline and What it Means for Small Businesses: Part II”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Future of Housing in America: Federal Housing Reforms that Create Housing Opportunity”

Senate Indian Affairs Committee
“Indian Energy Development: Poor Management by BIA Has Hindered Development on Indian Lands

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

DEBT LIMIT

H.R.3774: To amend title 31, United States Code, to apply the debt limit only to debt held by the public and to adjust the debt limit for increases in the gross domestic product.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] (introduced 10/20/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3775: Pay Down the Debt Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] (introduced 10/20/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 10/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 10/20/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3773: Protect Riders of Metrorail Public Transportation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] (introduced 10/20/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/20/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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