Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider a series of 7 bills under suspension of the rules including H.R. 4188 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 and S. 808 – Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Red River Private Property Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 2130, to provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, by a yea-and-nay vote of 253 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 686.
    • Agreed to table the appeal of the ruling of the chair on a point of order sustained against the Thompson (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 246 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 685.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Bishop (UT) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-375) that ensures that nothing in the bill would create or reinstate a tribal reservation or any portion of a tribal reservation; ensures that nothing in the bill will alter the valid rights of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Nations to the mineral interest trust fund created pursuant to the Act of June 12, 1926; allows for the affected federally recognized Indian tribes to be a part of the survey process; and allows for further judicial review after the administrative appeals process for landowners; and
      • Cole amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-375) that ensures the bill preserves past and current surface and mineral rights for affected Indian tribes (by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 684).
      • H. Res. 556, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2130) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 683, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 682.
    • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 556 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 681.

Today:

  • On Thursday, 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: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3831 – Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) S. 808 – Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4188 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3875 – Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 3578 – DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2795 – FRIENDS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 3869 – State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Reported:
  • S. 571, to amend the Pilot’s Bill of Rights to facilitate appeals and to apply to other certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, to require the revision of the third class medical certification regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Passed:
  • Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 2820, to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • 20th Anniversary of the American Visionary Art Museum: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 317, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the American Visionary Art Museum, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • Conference Reports:
  • Every Student Succeeds Act: By 85 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 334), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany S. 1177, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves.
  • Restrepo Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, January 11, 2016, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; that there be 30 minutes for debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • The Senate will recess from 3:00pm until 4:30pm for the all members briefing.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Implementing Solutions: The Importance of Following Through on GAO and OIG Recommendations”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

H.R.4206: To provide for a technology demonstration program related to the modernization of the electric grid.
Sponsor: Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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.2378: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel in the case of liquefied natural gas for purposes of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund financing rate.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4199: To provide the government of Puerto Rico the choice to restructure its municipal debt in conjunction with enhanced financial oversight, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.4207: To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to determine, on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries, covered part D drug prices for certain covered part D drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 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.2382: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to strengthen intensive cardiac rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.4197: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit the Governor of a State to reject the resettlement of a refugee in that State unless there is adequate assurance that the alien does not present a security risk and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 12/9/2015) Cosponsors (30)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/9/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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