Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of S.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The House will consider H.R. 1937 – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Unanimous consent agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on H.R. 10 or H.R. 692 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
  • Default Prevention Act: The House passed H.R. 692, to ensure the payment of interest and principal of the debt of the United States, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 557.
    • H. Res. 480, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 10) and (H.R. 692) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 554, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 553.
  • Quarterly Financial Report Reauthorization Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3116, to extend by 15 years the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to conduct the quarterly financial report program.
  • SOAR Reauthorization Act: The House passed H.R. 10, to reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 559.
  • Rejected the Scott (VA) motion to recommit to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 185 yeas to 242 nays, Roll No. 558.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendments recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
    • Agreed to:
      • Chaffetz amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-300) that makes small, technical changes to the bill.
    • Rejected:
      • Norton amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-300) that sought to restore the requirement that the voucher program be evaluated using the strongest possible research design; would limit voucher students to no more than 50% of a school’s total enrollment.
    • H. Res. 480, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 10) and (H.R. 692) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 554, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 553.
  • National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 481, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1937) to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 556, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 555. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, October 22nd.
  • Consideration of Presidential Veto Message: Agreed by unanimous consent that if a veto message on H.R. 1735 is laid before the House, then after the message is read and the objections of the President are spread at large upon the Journal, further consideration of the veto message and the bill shall be postponed until the legislative day of November 5, 2015, and that on that legislative day, the House shall proceed to the constitutional question of reconsideration and dispose of such question without intervening motion.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Amending title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs):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).

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 1937 – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Debbie Dingell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Pearce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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) Further 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 unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that if cloture is invoked on Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716 (listed above), Senate vote on or in relation to Burr (for Paul) Modified Amendment No. 2564 (to Amendment No. 2716) (listed above), with ten minutes divided in the usual form prior to the vote.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, October 22, 2015, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to both Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716, and the bill be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, with the time until 11:00am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • The filing deadline for second degree amendments to Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716 (substitute) and S.754 is 10:30am.
  • At 11:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716 (substitute) to S.754. If cloture is invoked, there will be 10 minutes equally divided prior to a roll call vote on Paul amendment (liability immunity).
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nominations:
    • Executive Calendar #339 Julie Furuta-Toy – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea;
    • Executive Calendar #340 Dennis B. Hankins – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea;
    • Executive Calendar #341 Harry K. Thomas, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe; and
    • Executive Calendar #342 Robert Porter Jackson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana.
  • For the information of senators, 1 roll call vote is expected at 1:45pm; the other nominations are expected to be confirmed by voice votes.
  • Thursday, October 22, at 11:00am – 2 roll call votes
    • 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716(substitute) to S.754 Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015; if cloture is invoked, 10 minutes equally divided, then
    • 2. Paul amendment #2564 (liability immunity).
  • Thursday, October 22 at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote, 3 voice votes expected
    • Executive Calendar #339 Julie Furuta-Toy – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (roll call vote expected)
    • Executive Calendar #340 Dennis B. Hankins – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea
    • Executive Calendar #341 Harry K. Thomas, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe
    • Executive Calendar #342 Robert Porter Jackson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
Full Committee Markup of Highway Reauthorization

House Financial Services Committee
“The Future of Housing in America: 50 Years of HUD and its impact on Federal Housing Policy”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Puerto Rico’s Economy and Debt

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Power Plants: Legal Perspectives”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

DEBT LIMIT

H.R.3777: To provide for relief from sequester under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and offsets to such relief through reforms in certain revenue and direct spending programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Budget; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Education and the Workforce; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Homeland Security; House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Financial Services, and 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3784: To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to establish an Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation and a Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, John C., Jr. [DE] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3791: To raise the consolidated assets threshold under the small bank holding company policy statement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Love, Mia B. [UT-4] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.3780 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to sunset certain penalties relating to meaningful electronic health records use by Medicare eligible professionals and hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

S.2188: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the humanitarian device exemption.
Sponsor: Sen Gardner, Cory [CO] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3787: To amend title 23, United States Code, to improve public understanding of how transportation investments are made by public agencies through establishing greater transparency and accountability processes.
Sponsor: Rep DeSaulnier, Mark [CA-11] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3788: To direct the Secretary of Transportation to develop performance measures for assessing transportation connectivity and accessibility for highway and public transportation systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 10/21/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/21/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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