Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 8 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.1177, ESEA




  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015: S. 614, to provide access to and use of information by Federal agencies in order to reduce improper payments;
  • Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015: H.R. 1321, amended, to prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads; and
  • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the manufacture and introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally-added plastic microbeads.”


  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3842 – Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3859 – HSA Technical Corrections Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3578 – DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2795 – FRIENDS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 3869 – State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3875 – Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 158 – Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller / Judiciary Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 3766 – Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)





  • Conference Reports:
  • Every Child Achieves Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Senate resume consideration of the conference report to accompany S. 1177, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves; and that notwithstanding rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany the bill occur at 11:30 a.m.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  • By a unanimous vote of 89 yeas (Vote No. EX. 332), Travis Randall McDonough, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • Kenneth Damian Ward, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
  • Linda I. Etim, of Wisconsin, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.


  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.1177, ESEA.
  • At 11:30 am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.1177.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today


House Financial Services Committee
Oversight of the Financial Stability Oversight Council”

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
“Opioid Abuse in America: Facing the Epidemic and Examining Solutions”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“An Overdue Checkup Part II: Examining the ACA’s State Insurance Marketplaces”

Conservative Reform Network / Americans for Tax Reform
“Presidential Campaign Debate on Tax Policy”

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Roundtable – Policy Discussion on Review of FAA Controller Staffing”

House Financial Services Committee
Markup of: HR 2187, HR 2205, HR 2287, HR 3700, HR 3784, HR 3791, HR 4168, and the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing Resolution of 2016

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Drug Resistant Tuberculosis: The Next Global Health Crisis?”

House Oversight & Government Reform
“MAP-21 Program Consolidation”


Notable Legislation Introduced



S.2362: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide enhanced security measures for the Visa Waiver Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 12/7/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 
Committees: Senate Judiciary 
Latest Major Action: 12/7/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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