Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 511 – Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 and the motion to go to conference on S. 1177 – Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. It is expected the Senate will to move to proceed to S.J.Res.24, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspension–Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Keep the Promise Act of 2015: H.R. 308, to prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 263 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 626.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Partners for Aviation Security Act: H.R. 3144, amended, to require consultation with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee regarding modifications to the prohibited item list, and require a report on the Transportation Security Oversight Board;
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection Act: H.R. 1073, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to secure critical infrastructure against electromagnetic threats;
    • Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015: H.R. 1338, amended, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the burial of unclaimed remains of veterans in national cemeteries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 627;
    • Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act: H.R. 134, to amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 628;
    • Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act: S. 599, amended, to extend and expand the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project;
    • Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015: S. 799, to combat the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome;
    • Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015: H.R. 2583, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission;
    • U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to 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;
      Highway Trust Fund Extension: H.R. 3996, to provide and extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund;
    • Policyholder Protection Act of 2015: H.R. 1478, amended, to provide for notice to, and input by, State insurance commissioners when requiring an insurance company to serve as a source of financial strength or when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation places a lien against an insurance company’s assets;
    • Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting Modernization Act: H.R. 3032, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to repeal a certain reporting requirement of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
    • Amending the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to specify how clearing requirements apply to certain affiliate transactions: H.R. 1317, amended, to amend the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to specify how clearing requirements apply to certain affiliate transactions;
    • Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015: S. 2036, to suspend the current compensation packages for the chief executive officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and
    • Superstorm Sandy Relief and Disaster Loan Program Improvement Act of 2015: Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 208, to improve the disaster assistance programs of the Small Business Administration.
  • Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a technical correction in the enrollment of S. 1356: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H. Con. Res. 90, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a technical correction in the enrollment of S. 1356.
  • Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 639, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015: H.R. 1694, to amend MAP-21 to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns; and
  • Providing funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities: H.R. 3114, amended, to provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1694 – Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3114 – To provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation activities, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Napolitano /Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • H.R. 511 – Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Rokita / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • Motion to Go to Conference on S. 1177 – Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H. Res. 524 – Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, on November 13, 2015, that resulted in the loss of at least 129 lives (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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 Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 93 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. EX. 305), LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00am.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.2577, THUD appropriations, and filed cloture on the motion. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, November 18.
  • Tomorrow at 11:00am, we expect Senator McConnell to move to proceed to S.J.Res.24, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.
  • Under the statute, there would be up to 10 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage of the joint resolution.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
“Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Future – What’s next for America’s largest territory?”

Senate HELP Committee
FDA Nomination

House Judiciary Committee
Department of Justice Oversight

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining the Regulation of Diagnostic Tests and Laboratory Operations”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Information Security in the Department of Education”

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
“Breaking Down Barriers to Life-Saving Treatments”

Brookings Institute
“Are We Safer? A Look At The Financial System, Post-Crisis”

House Judiciary Committee
“The State of Competition in the Pharmacy Benefits Manager and Pharmacy Marketplaces”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

H.R.4000: To harmonize requirements of the 2008 and 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4018: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish deferred presentment transaction requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4015: To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to authorize and support the creation of cardiomyopathy education, awareness, and risk assessment materials and resources by the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the dissemination of such materials and resources by State educational agencies to identify more at-risk families.
Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.4016: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the limitation on the carryover of excess corporate charitable contributions.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3996: To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Latest Action: 11/16/2015 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

H.R.3997: To amend MAP-21 to establish a veterans business enterprises program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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.

H.R.4005: To amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, to allow local hiring for transportation projects.
Sponsor: Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.4014: To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a distracted driving education grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 11/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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