Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 2130 – Red River Private Property Protection Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany S.1177, ESEA.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 3842, amended, to improve homeland security, including domestic preparedness and response to terrorism, by reforming Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers to provide training to first responders, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 680;
  • HSA Technical Corrections Act: H.R. 3859, amended, to make technical corrections to the Homeland Security Act of 2002;
  • Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 158, amended, to clarify the grounds for ineligibility for travel to the United States regarding terrorism risk, to expand the criteria by which a country may be removed from the Visa Waiver Program, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report on strengthening the Electronic System for Travel Authorization to better secure the international borders of the United States and prevent terrorists and instruments of terrorism from entering the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 19 nays, Roll No. 679;
  • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide enhanced security measures for the visa waiver program, and for other purposes.”
  • Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 3766, amended, to direct the President to establish guidelines for United States foreign development and economic assistance programs.
  • Conference report filing: Agreed that the managers on the part of the House have until midnight tonight, December 8th, to file the conference report to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities.
  • Providing for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2015: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 1461, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2015.

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: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 2130 – Red River Private Property Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Natural Resources Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Rob Bishop Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Tom Cole Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act: Senate passed S. 1719, to provide for the establishment and maintenance of a National Family Caregiving Strategy, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • World Press Freedom Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 207, recognizing threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Casey) Amendment No. 2921, to amend the preamble.
  • Wreaths Across America Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 331, designating December 12, 2015, as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
  • Conference Reports:
    • Every Child Achieves Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 84 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 333), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany the bill occur at 10:45 a.m., on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, with the time until 10:45 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany S.1177, ESEA, post-cloture, with the time until 10:45am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • At 10:45am, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany S.1177.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
Markup Continuation

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining Legislation to Improve Health Care and Treatment”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Executive Session – Multiple Agenda Items

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Roundtable – Strengthening the Visa Waiver Program After the Paris Attacks”

House Oversight & Government Reform
“Restoration of America’s Wire Act (H.R. 707)”

House Judiciary Committee
“Oversight of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services”

Senate Special Committee on Aging
“Sudden Price Spikes in Off-Patent Drugs: Perspectives from the Front Lines”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4187: To require certain entities who collect and maintain personal information of individuals to secure such information and to provide notice to such individuals in the case of a breach of security involving such information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

HEALTH

H.R.4185: To make adjustments, including by amending title XVIII of the Social Security Act, relating to competitive bidding program and durable medical equipment under the Medicare program, to amend such title to establish a DMEPOS market pricing program demonstration project, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.2368: An original bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the efficiency of the Medicare appeals process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Senate Reports: 114-177
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 317.

S.2373: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4192: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the valuation rule applicable to the early termination of certain charitable remainder unitrusts.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2370: A bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from modifying or amending the standards and regulations governing the substantiation of charitable contributions.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 12/8/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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