Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider whether to concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment to H.R. 1314– Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.




  • Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015: H.R. 3819, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund.
  • Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on H.R. 597 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule XX.
  • Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act: The House passed H.R. 597, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, by a yea-and-nay vote of 313 yeas to 118 nays, Roll No. 576. Consideration began yesterday, October 26th.
    • Rejected the Norton motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services, by voice vote (the Hensarling request for the yeas and nays was vacated by unanimous consent).
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.R. 3611, as introduced, shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
    • H. Res. 450, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 597) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 275 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 573, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 271 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 572.
  • Retail Investor Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 1090, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide protections for retail customers, by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 575.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-31 shall be considered as adopted.
    • Rejected:
      • Lynch amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-313) that sought to replace the bill’s existing requirement that the Department of Labor (DOL) stop its rulemaking pending a final Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule with a requirement that the SEC revises its own regulations governing fiduciary duty no later than 60 days after the DOL finalizes its rule and coordinates its rulemaking with the DOL (by a yea-and-nay vote of 184 yeas to 246 nays, Roll No. 574).
    • H. Res. 491, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1090) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 571, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 570.


  • On Wednesday, 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: TBD
  • Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment to H.R. 1314 – Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (One Hour of Debate
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 455 – Northern Border Security Review Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 623 – DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2643– State Licensing Efficiency Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Roger Williams / Financial Services Committee)





  • Measures Passed:
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: By 74 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. 291), Senate passed S. 754, to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Burr (for Flake/Franken) Further Modified Amendment No. 2582 (to Amendment No. 2716), to terminate the provisions of the Act after ten years.
      • Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2749 (to Amendment No. 2716), relating to cybersecurity information sharing.
      • Burr/Feinstein Amendment No. 2716, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Rejected:
      • By 41 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 285), 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.
      • By 47 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 286), 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.
      • By 37 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 287), Feinstein (for Leahy) Modified Amendment No. 2587 (to Amendment No. 2716), to strike the FOIA exemption.
      • By 35 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 288), Feinstein (for Franken) Further Modified Amendment No. 2612 (to Amendment No. 2716), to improve the definitions of cybersecurity threat and cyber threat indicator.
      • By 41 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 289), Feinstein (for Coons) Further Modified Amendment No. 2552 (to Amendment No. 2716), to modify section 105 to require DHS to review all cyber threat indicators and countermeasures in order to remove certain personal information.
      • By 22 yeas to 73 nays (Vote No. 290), 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.
    • Chair sustained a point of order that the following amendments were not germane, and the amendments thus fell:
      • 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 Mikulski/Cardin) Amendment No. 2557 (to Amendment No. 2716), to provide amounts necessary for accelerated cybersecurity in response to data breaches.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.


  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:00 noon.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today


Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
“The State of Rural Banking: Challenges and Consequences”

Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
“Realities of Treating Substance Abuse”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“T-HUD: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology into the National Airspace System”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Assessing the State of Our Nation’s Biodefense”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Moving Ahead for Progress in theMAP-21 Program Consolidation”

House Armed Services Committee
“Assessing DoD’s Assured Access to Micro-Electronics in Support of U.S. National Security Requirements”


Notable Legislation Introduced



H.R.3835: To increase the statutory limit on the public debt by $1 trillion upon the adoption by Congress of a balanced budget Constitutional amendment and by an additional $1 trillion upon ratification by the States of that amendment.
Sponsor: Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] (introduced 10/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/27/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.