Today’s Daily Update

The House passed the FORM Act of 2015 and the American SAFE Act of 2015. The Senate continued consideration of the THUD appropriations bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • FORM Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 3189, to amend the Federal Reserve Act to establish requirements for policy rules and blackout periods of the Federal Open Market Committee, to establish requirements for certain activities of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and to amend title 31, United States Code, and to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 641. Consideration began yesterday, November 18th.
    • Rejected the Matsui motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 640.
    • H. Res. 529, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1210) and (H.R. 3189) was agreed to yesterday, November 18th.
  • American SAFE Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 4038, to require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain aliens as refugees, by a recorded vote of 289 ayes to 137 noes, Roll No. 643.
    • Rejected the Thompson (MS) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 180 yeas to 244 nays, Roll No. 642.
    • H. Res. 531, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4038) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 639, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 638.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Surface Transportation Extension Act: Senate passed 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.
  • Program Management Improvement Accountability Act: Senate passed S. 1550, to amend title 31, United States Code, to establish entities tasked with improving program and project management in certain Federal agencies, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Ernst) Amendment No. 2873, relative to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Collins/Reed Amendment No. 2812, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Collins/Reed Amendment No. 2813 (to Amendment No. 2812), to make a technical amendment.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on Collins/Reed Amendment No. 2812 (listed above), be withdrawn.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

HHS
Drug Pricing Forum

NTIA
Multi-Stakeholder Process: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

H.R.4084 : To enable civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions and to expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science.
Sponsor: Rep Weber, Randy K., Sr. [TX-14] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4096 : To amend the Volcker Rule to permit certain investment advisers to share a similar name with a private equity fund, subject to certain restrictions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4099 : To increase from $10,000,000,000 to $50,000,000,000 the threshold figure at which regulated depository institutions are subject to direct examination and reporting requirements of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4107 : To provide for transparency, accountability, and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Sponsor: Rep Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [NY-11] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4116 : To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to ensure that the reciprocal deposits of an insured depository institution are not considered to be funds obtained by or through a deposit broker, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2315 : A bill to provide protection for consumers who have prepaid cards and mobile accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2324 : A bill to provide for transparency, accountability, and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

 H.R.4090 : To amend the Social Security Act to improve choices available to Medicare eligible seniors by permitting them to elect (instead of regular Medicare benefits) to receive a voucher for a health savings account, for premiums for a high deductible health insurance plan, or both and by suspending Medicare late enrollment penalties between ages 65 and 70.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2312 : A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to make improvements to payments for durable medical equipment under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4088 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4094 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create Universal Savings Accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Brat, Dave [VA-7] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4114 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount that can be withdrawn without penalty from individual retirement plans as first-time homebuyer distributions.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2305 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the issuance of exempt facility bonds for qualified carbon dioxide capture facilities.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2320 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create Universal Savings Accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4081 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Revolving Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Webster, Daniel [FL-10] (introduced 11/19/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.