Today’s Daily Update

The House will vote whether to concur to the Senate Amendments to H.R. 2250 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016, which would continue current appropriations levels until December 16, 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act of 2015: H.R. 3831, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the annual comment period for payment rates under Medicare Advantage;
    • Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015: S. 808, to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment;
    • Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015: H.R. 4188, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017;
    • Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 2015: H.R. 3875, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Department of Homeland Security a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Office;
    • DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 3578, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to strengthen and make improvements to the Directorate of Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 687;
    • State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015: H.R. 3869, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require State and local coordination on cybersecurity with the national cybersecurity and communications integration center;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to assist State and local coordination on cybersecurity with the national cybersecurity and communications integration center, and for other purposes.”
  • First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations: H.R. 2795, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a study on the circumstances which may impact the effectiveness and availability of first responders before, during, or after a terrorist threat or event, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 689.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 644 – Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Concur in the Senate Amendments to H.R. 2250 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations 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 is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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Open Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

  

ENERGY

H.R.4215: To require regulation of wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of crude oil, natural gas, or geothermal energy under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (100)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4210: To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to require voting members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to testify before Congress at least twice each year when requested to do so or to otherwise permit certain Members of Congress to attend meetings of the Council whether or not such meetings are open to the public.
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4211 : To require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4216: To protect the investment choices of American investors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2393: A bill to extend temporarily the extended period of protection for members of uniformed services relating to mortgages, mortgage foreclosure, and eviction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

HEALTH

H.R.4212: To establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to target home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-38] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

H.R.4227: To enhance beneficiary and provider protections and improve transparency in the Medicare Advantage market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

H.R.4229: To address the continued threat posed by dangerous synthetic drugs by amending the Controlled Substances Act relating to controlled substance analogues.
Sponsor: Rep Katko, John [NY-24] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2388: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for reciprocal marketing approval of certain drugs, biological products, and devices that are authorized to be lawfully marketed abroad, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2389: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the rural add-on payment in the Medicare home health benefit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2392: A bill to enhance beneficiary and provider protections and improve transparency in the Medicare Advantage market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.4218: To suspend the admission to the United States of refugees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2394: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve the H-1B visa program, to repeal the diversity visa lottery program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 TAX

H.R.4213 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make residents of Puerto Rico eligible for the earned income tax credit and to provide for equitable treatment for residents of Puerto Rico with respect to the refundable portion of the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-9] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4214: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce, 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.

H.R.4217: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to determine eligibility for health insurance subsidies without regard to amounts included in income by reason of conversion to a Roth IRA.
Sponsor: Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4236: To promote savings by providing a tax credit for eligible taxpayers who contribute to savings products and to facilitate taxpayers receiving this credit and open a designated savings product when they file their Federal income tax returns.
Sponsor: Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-15] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2391: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend certain energy tax provisions.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4228: To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish additional requirements for certain transportation projects with estimated costs of $2,500,000,000 or more, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeSaulnier, Mark [CA-11] (introduced 12/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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