Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4127 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 under suspension of the rules and will begin consideration of H.R. 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. It is expected that the Senate will begin consideration of the Reconciliation bill as early as this afternoon.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Considered under Suspension of the Rules:
  • Mr. Shimkus moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 611 — “To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize technical assistance to small public water systems, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3490Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3490— “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3279- Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3279— “To amend titles 5 and 28, United States Code, to require annual reports to Congress on, and the maintenance of databases on, awards of fees and other expenses to prevailing parties in certain administrative proceedings and court cases to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1755- Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1755— “To amend title 36, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the congressional charter of the Disabled American Veterans.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2288- Mr. LaMalfa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2288— “To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes.” At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • H.R. 1541- Mr. LaMalfa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1541 — “To amend title 54, United States Code, to make Hispanic-serving institutions eligible for technical and financial assistance for the establishment of preservation training and degree programs.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2212- Mr. LaMalfa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2212— “To take certain Federal lands located in Lassen County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 2270- Mr. LaMalfa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2270— “To redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site within the wildlife refuge, and for other purposes.” At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting an alternative plan for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems in January 2016 – referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-81).
  • H.R. 2288- Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2288 — “To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes.” H.R. 2288On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 0 (Roll no. 644).
  • H.R. 2270- Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2270 — “To redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site within the wildlife refuge, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 413 – 2 (Roll no. 645).
  • S. 1170- Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 1170 — “To amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semi-postal to raise funds for breast cancer research, and for other purposes.” At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • The House received a communication from the Honorable Kevin Brady. Mr. Brady submitted his resignation as the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) effective immediately.

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: 1:45-2:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
  • 1) H.R. 4127 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on S. 1170 – Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • S.J. Res. 23 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • S.J. Res 24 – 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” (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 8 – North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (General Debate Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #268, the nomination of Gayle Smith, of Ohio, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development; confirmed: 79-7.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #139, S.1698: Payments in Eugenics Compensation.
    • Adopted S.Res.322, Rosa Parks 60th Anniversary.
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2329, to prevent the entry of extremists into the United States under the refugee program (Paul).

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • It is the Republicans’ intention to begin consideration of the Reconciliation bill as early as Tuesday afternoon.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Problems: Examining the Source and Exploring the Solution”

House Ways and Means Committee
“OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Offshore Oil and Gas Production Regulations”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“Pitfalls of Unilateral Negotiations at the Paris Climate Change Conference”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“The Disrupter Series: Mobile Payments”

Senate Finance Committee
“International Tax: OECD BEPS & EU State Aid”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4133: Public Housing Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Byrne, Bradley [AL-1] (introduced 11/30/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 
Committees: House Financial Services 
Latest Major Action: 11/30/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

TAX

 H.R.4128: Taxpayer Rights Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-34] (introduced 11/30/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/30/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.2333: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayer protection and assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 11/30/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/30/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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