Today’s Daily Update

The House will hold the election for the 54th Speaker of the House. The Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.1314, the Debt Limit/Budget.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Trade Act of 2015: The House agreed to the Rogers (KY) motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1314, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations, with the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-315, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-315, by a yea-and-nay vote of 266 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 579.
    • H. Res. 495, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1314) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 392 ayes to 37 noes, Roll No. 578, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 325 yeas to 103 nays, Roll No. 577.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • State Licensing Efficiency Act of 2015: H.R. 2643, to direct the Attorney General to provide State officials with access to criminal history information with respect to certain financial service providers required to undergo State criminal background checks;
    • DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 623, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group; and
    • Northern Border Security Review Act: H.R. 455, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a northern border threat analysis.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Following the Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, there will be a quorum call.
  • Electing the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Surface Transportation Extension Act: Senate passed 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.
  • House Messages:
    • Bipartisan Budget Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1314, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2750, to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2751 (to Amendment No. 2750), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell motion to refer the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2752, to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2753 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2752), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2754 (to Amendment No. 2753), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to 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 Friday, October 30, 2015.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, October 29, 2015.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • Sarah Elizabeth Feinberg, of West Virginia, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 29, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.1314, the Debt Limit/Budget.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session the House Message on H.R.1314, the Debt Limit/Budget, was laid before the Senate. Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1314 and filed cloture on the motion to concur. He also filled the amendment and motion trees.
  • Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, October 30th. Another message will be sent when the vote is scheduled.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
“Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in America: Priorities, Challenges, and Opportunities”

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
“Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

AGRICULTURE

H.R.3845: To amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to repeal the changes regarding the Standard Reinsurance Agreement enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Young, David [IA-3] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

ENERGY

H.R.3844: To establish the Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation to encourage, obtain, and use gifts, devises, and bequests for projects to reclaim abandoned mine lands and orphan oil and gas well sites, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hice, Jody B. [GA-10] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3852: To direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the benefits of solar net energy metering, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3847: To provide for reforms of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3850: To provide for additional protections and disclosures to consumers when financial products or services are related to the consumers’ military or Federal pensions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Armed Services; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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.2216: A bill to provide immunity from suit for certain individuals who disclose potential examples of financial exploitation of senior citizens, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.2214: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require patient medication information to be provided with certain prescription drugs.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.3846: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3855: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the Secretary of the Treasury to provide each individual taxpayer a receipt for an income tax payment which itemizes the portion of the payment which is allocable to various Government spending categories.
Sponsor: Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3856: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a safe harbor for de minimis errors on information returns and payee statements.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2215: A bill to prohibit discretionary bonuses for employees of the Internal Revenue Service who have engaged in misconduct or who have delinquent tax liability.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 10/28/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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