Today’s Daily Update

Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 1356, National Defense Authorization Act. Senate passed H.R. 2029, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, as amended.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • National Defense Authorization Act: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 90, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a technical correction in the enrollment of S. 1356, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • McCain Amendment No. 2796, to modify the resolution.
  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. 302), Senate passed H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, after withdrawing the committee reported substitute amendment, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Kirk (for Moran) Amendment No. 2774 (to Amendment No. 2763), to prohibit the use of funds to pay for the transfers or relocations of senior executives of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
      • McConnell (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2775 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report evaluating the implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.
      • McConnell (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2776 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the provision of health care to veterans in Alaska through the use of non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers.
      • Tester (for Blumenthal) Amendment No. 2779 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require that amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical and prosthetic research are used to ensure the provision of gender appropriate prosthetics and to conduct research related to toxic exposure.
      • Tester (for Blumenthal) Amendment No. 2781 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require that amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical supplies and equipment are used to procure gender appropriate prosthetics.
      • Kirk (for Toomey/Casey) Amendment No. 2785 (to Amendment No. 2763), to prohibit the use of funds to carry out Fast Letter 13-10 or create or maintain certain patient record-keeping systems.
        Kirk (for Sullivan/Murkowski) Amendment No. 2786 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on the recruitment and retention of health care providers by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
      • Kirk (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 2787 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 in rural areas.
      • Kirk (for Collins) Amendment No. 2788 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require a report on the use of social security numbers by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the plans of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to discontinue such use.
      • Kirk (for Cornyn/Cruz) Amendment No. 2789 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on wait times for medical appointments at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
      • Tester (for Bennet) Amendment No. 2795 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the impact of combat service on suicide rates and other mental health issues among members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
      • Tester (for Durbin) Amendment No. 2794 (to Amendment No. 2763), to modify the amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical services and medical and prosthetic research.
      • Tester (for Boxer) Amendment No. 2798 (to Amendment No. 2763), to make available $5,000,000 for a pilot program on awarding grants to provide furniture, household items, and other assistance to formerly homeless veterans moving into permanent housing.
      • Tester (for Brown/Tillis) Amendment No. 2801 (to Amendment No. 2763), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and publish an action plan for improving the vocational rehabilitation services and assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
      • Kirk/Tester Amendment No. 2763, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Kirk Amendment No. 2764 (to Amendment No. 2763), to clarify the term ”congressional defense committees.”
    • 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act: Senate passed S. 1203, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the furnishing of health care to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve the processing by the Department of claims for disability compensation, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, the title amendment, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Murkowski (for Isakson) Amendment No. 2806, relating to reports on public access to Department of Veterans Affairs research.
    • SPACE Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2262, to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Murkowski (for Cruz) Amendment No. 2805, in the nature of a substitute.
  • House Messages:
  • National Defense Authorization Act: By 91 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 301), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to 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.
  • Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act–Motions To Instruct Conferees: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 22, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, disagreed to the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, agreed to the request from the House of Representatives for a conference, and authorized the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees, after taking action on the following motions to instruct conferees on the part of the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill to be instructed to insist on the inclusion in the final conference report the following motions proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 56 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 304), Wicker Motion to Instruct Conferees to insist upon inclusion of the following section in title XXXII: Truck Tractor-Semitrailer-Trailer Combination Length Limitation. The Secretary may promulgate a rule to increase the minimum length limitation that a State may prescribe for a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer combination under section 31111(b)(1)(A) of title 49, United States Code, from 28 feet to 33 feet if the Secretary makes a statistically significant finding, based on the final Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limit Study required under section 32801 of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2012 (title II of division C of Public Law 112-141), that such increase would not have a net negative impact on public safety.
      • Blumenthal Motion to Instruct Conferees to insist upon the inclusion of the rail safety provisions contained in the amendment passed by the Senate on July 30, 2015, including the authorization of grants for the installment of positive train control.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 82 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. 303), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to disagree to the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, agree to the request from the House of Representatives for a conference, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.
    • The Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Inhofe, Thune, Hatch, Murkowski, Fischer, Barrasso, Cornyn, Boxer, Brown, Nelson, Wyden, Durbin, and Schumer.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.92 until 3:00pm on Monday, November 16, 2015.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings covered.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

S.2276 : A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 11/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

TAX

S.2264 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 11/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2271 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 11/10/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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