Today’s Daily Update

 The House appointed members to go to conference on H.R. 22 (DRIVE Act). The Senate began consideration of H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Clarifying that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will not take effect until after the Director of the Office of Personnel Management promulgates and makes effective regulations relating to such provisions: S. 1356, amended, to clarify that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will not take effect until after the Director of the Office of Personnel Management promulgates and makes effective regulations relating to such provisions, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas to 58 nays, Roll No. 618.
  • Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (Legislative vehicle for the DRIVE Act): The House agreed to the Senate amendment to the text of H.R. 22.
    • Pursuant to H. Res. 512, the question was put on agreeing to the amendments en gros. The amendments were agreed to by a recorded vote of 363 ayes to 64 noes, Roll No. 623.
    • Agreed to:
      • Mullin amendment (No. 16 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-326) that was debated on November 4th that requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that in promulgating regulations any preference or incentive provided to electric vehicles is also provided to natural gas vehicles (by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 620);
      • Burgess amendment (No. 17 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-326) that was debated on November 4th that modifies and adds certain provisions to the Senate amendments dealing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 621); and
      • Neugebauer amendment (No. 18 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-326) that was debated on November 4th that executes a liquidation of the Federal Reserve surplus account and remittance of funds to the U.S. Treasury; the amendment also dissolves the existence of the surplus account on a go-forward basis; and the amendment ensures future net earnings of the Federal Reserve, in excess of dividend paid, are remitted to the U.S. Treasury (by a recorded vote of 354 ayes to 72 noes, Roll No. 622).
    • Rejected:
      • Schakowsky amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-326) that was debated on November 4th that sought to improve quality and quantity of information shared about vehicle safety issues among auto manufacturers, NHTSA, and consumers; also improves the quality and quantity of safety information provided about used cars at point of sale (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 251 noes, Roll No. 619).
    • Pursuant to section 6 of H. Res. 512, a motion that the House concur in the Senate amendment to the text of H.R. 22 with an amendment is adopted, and a motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the title of H.R. 22 is adopted.
    • H. Res. 512, the rule providing for further consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 22) was agreed to yesterday, November 4th.
  • Veto Message–Motion to Refer: Agreed by unanimous consent that, notwithstanding the order of the House of October 21, 2015, the veto message of the President on the bill, 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, and for other purposes, together with the accompanying bill, be referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
  • Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (DRIVE Act)–Motion to go to Conference: Pursuant to H. Res. 512, the House agreed to the Shuster motion to take from the Speaker’s table the bill (H.R. 22), with the House amendment to the Senate amendment thereto, insist on the House amendment, and request a conference with the Senate thereon, by a recorded vote of 371 ayes to 54 noes, Roll No. 624.
  • Rejected the Huffman motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 239 nays, Roll No. 625.
  • The Chair appointed the following Members of the House to the conference committee on the bill: from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for consideration of the House amendment and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Shuster, Duncan (TN), Graves (MO), Miller (MI), Crawford, Barletta, Farenthold, Gibbs, Denham, Ribble, Perry, Woodall, Katko, Babin, Hardy, Graves (LA), DeFazio, Norton, Nadler, Brown (FL), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Cummings, Larsen (WA), Capuano, Napolitano, Lipinski, Cohen, and Sires. The Chair announced that further appointments of conferees would occur at a subsequent time.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2685, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 298), 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.
    • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Subsequently, the motion to proceed was withdrawn.
  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Kirk/Tester Amendment No. 2763, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Kirk Amendment No. 2764 (to Amendment No. 2763), to clarify the term ”congressional defense committees.”
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. 299), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, November 9, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the bill, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided in the usual form.
  • House Messages:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Chair lay before the Senate the House message to accompany S. 1356, to clarify that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will not take effect until after the Director of the Office of Personnel Management promulgates and makes effective regulations relating to such provisions; that Senator McCain, or his designee, be recognized to offer a motion to concur in the House amendment, and that there then be 20 minutes equally divided before a vote on the motion to concur; and that if the motion to concur is agreed to, Senate begin consideration of H. Con. Res. 90, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a technical correction in the enrollment of S. 1356, and the resolution be agreed to.
  • Allen Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, November 9, 2015, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Scott Allen, of Maryland, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; that Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate; and that no further motions be in order to the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

  

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.3994: To direct the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a study to determine appropriate cybersecurity standards for motor vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3948: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to include requirements for the transfer of servicing of postsecondary education loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.2255: A bill to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to restrict the debt collection practices of certain debt collectors.
Sponsor: Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.3961: To require the establishment of a Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers to compute cost-of-living increases for Social Security and Medicare benefits under titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce, 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.2248: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2256 : A bill to establish programs for health care provider training in Federal health care and medical facilities, to establish Federal co-prescribing guidelines, to establish a grant program with respect to naloxone, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kaine, Tim [VA] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.3933: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the expensing limitations and treatment of certain real property as section 179 property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3934: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to limit the interest deduction for excessive interest of members of financial reporting groups.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3935: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the deferral of active income of controlled foreign corporations.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3950: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans who have served overseas.
Sponsor: Rep Adams, Alma S. [NC-12] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3981: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent tax-related identity theft and tax fraud, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Financial Services; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Financial Services, and Appropriations, 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.2252: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the Secretary of the Treasury to issue prospective guidance clarifying the employment status of individuals for purposes of employment taxes and to prevent retroactive assessments with respect to such clarifications.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 11/5/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/5/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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