Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany S. 1177 and will continue consideration of H.R. 8 – North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3762 the Reconciliation bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016: H.R. 4127, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 364 ayes to 58 noes, Roll No. 649 (Subsequent to the announcement by the Chair that H.R. 4127 had passed by voice vote, Representative Nunes asked unanimous consent that the proceedings by which the motion to reconsider the bill was laid upon the table and by which the motion that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill was adopted be vacated to the end that the Chair put the question de novo).
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, November 30th.
  • Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015: S. 1170, to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 648.
  • 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”: The House passed 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”, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 651.
  • H. Res. 539, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) and the joint resolutions (S.J. Res. 23) and (S.J. Res. 24), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 647, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 646.
  • 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”: The House passed 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”, by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 650.
  • H. Res. 539, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) and the joint resolutions (S.J. Res. 23) and (S.J. Res. 24), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 647, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 646.
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015–Motion to go to Conference: The House agreed to the Brady (TX) motion to take from the Speaker’s table the bill (H.R. 644) to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, with the House amendment to the Senate amendment thereto, insist on the House amendment, and agree to a conference with the Senate thereon, by a recorded vote of 252 ayes to 170 noes, Roll No. 652.
  • Debated the Kuster motion to instruct conferees. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015: The House began consideration of H.R. 8, to modernize energy infrastructure, build a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, bolster America’s energy security and diplomacy, and promote energy efficiency and government accountability. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, December 2nd.
  • H. Res. 539, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) and the joint resolutions (S.J. Res. 23) and (S.J. Res. 24), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 647, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 646.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany S. 1177 – Student Success Act (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • Continue 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)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Fred Upton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Paul Tonko Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Scott Peters Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Trent Franks Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bruce Poliquin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Marc Veasey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. David McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Ellmers / McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Dan Kildee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sean Duffy Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. John Garamendi Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. McKinley / Zinke Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gene Green Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Donald Norcross Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Takano / Honda / Collins (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Don Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Scott Peters Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jan Schakowsky Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Susan Brooks Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Ellmers / Pompeo / DeGette / Dent Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Paul Tonko Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Kathy Castor Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Barton et al. Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Kevin Cramer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sean Duffy Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Gosar / Bridenstine / Yoho Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Evan Jenkins Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Rouzer / Smith (MO) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Kathy Castor Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. DeSaulnier / Lowey / Garamendi Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Deutch / Takai Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Meng / Royce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Frank Pallone Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Donald Norcross Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Vote on Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 644 – Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (Offered by Rep. Ann Kuster)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 3762, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell Amendment No. 2874, in the nature of a substitute.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3762 (reconciliation bill). Roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.
  • Amendments pending to H.R.3762
    • McConnell amendment #2874 (substitute)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Education and the Workforce
“Principles for Ensuring Retirement Advice Serves the Best Interests of Working Families and Retirees”

House Financial Services Committee
“Legislative Proposals to Improve the U.S. Capital Markets”

House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
“Ensuring Access and Affordability of Prescription Drugs, While Spurring Innovation”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

S.2339: A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to increase the royalty rate for coal produced from surface mines on Federal land, to prohibit the export of coal produced on Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 12/1/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 12/1/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4139: To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers from certain auditor attestation requirements.
Sponsor: Rep Sinema, Kyrsten [AZ-9] (introduced 12/1/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/1/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

TAX

H.R.4141: To ensure that tax return preparers demonstrate minimum standards of competency.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 12/1/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/1/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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