Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider a series of 9 bills under suspension of the rules including H.J. Res. __ – Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure:
  • Supporting freedom of the press in Latin America and the Caribbean and condemning violations of press freedom and violence against journalists, bloggers, and individuals exercising their right to freedom of speech: H. Res. 536, amended, supporting freedom of the press in Latin America and the Caribbean and condemning violations of press freedom and violence against journalists, bloggers, and individuals exercising their right to freedom of speech, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 694.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 4:45 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
  • Appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundredth Fourteenth Congress: The House agreed to H.J. Res. 76, appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015: H.R. 3654, amended, to require a report on United States strategy to combat terrorist use of social media.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2820 – Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Authorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4246 – National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) S. 1090 – Emergency Information Improvement Act of 2015(Sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker / Transportation and Infrastructure)
    • 4) H.J. Res. __ – Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
    • 5) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3750 – First Responders Passport Act of 2015, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2241 – Global Health Innovation Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 4239 – Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 3878 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres / Homeland Security Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2: Senate passed 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, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Inhofe (for Feinstein/Reed) Amendment No. 2928, to clarify the administrative authorities and to improve the physician certification.
  • Honoring the Portland Timbers: Senate agreed to S. Res. 336, honoring the Portland Timbers as the champions of Major League Soccer in 2015.
  • Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that Senate consider individually the following nominations, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader: Wilhelmina Marie Wright, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota, John Michael Vazquez, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, and Leonard Terry Strand, of South Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa; that there be 30 minutes for debate for each nomination, equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time on the respective nomination, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations.
  • Nominations Status Quo–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that all judicial nominations received by the Senate during the 114th Congress, first session, remain in status quo, notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXXI, paragraph 6, of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Anthony Rosario Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.
    • Derek Tai-Ching Kan, of California, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.
    • Dana J. Boente, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia for the term of four years.
    • Robert Lloyd Capers, of New York, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for the term of four years.
    • John P. Fishwick, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia for the term of four years.
    • Emily Gray Rice, of New Hampshire, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire for the term of four years.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 6:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Mass Data Collection Program”

CFTC Open Meeting
“Proposed Rules: DCR System Safeguards; DMO System Safeguards Testing Requirements; Final Rule: Margin for Uncleared Swaps”

Federal Railroad Administration
NEC FUTURE Study Area

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2404: A bill to require the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe regulations regarding the collection and use of personal information obtained by tracking the online activity of an individual, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

ENERGY

H.R.4259: To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from establishing, implementing, or enforcing any limit on the aggregate emissions of carbon dioxide from a State or any category or subcategory of sources within a State.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4248: To amend the Financial Stability Act to revise the reevaluation procedures with respect to determinations by the Financial Stability Oversight Council that a nonbank financial company shall be supervised by the Board of Governors and shall be subject to prudential standards.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4252: 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: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4258 : To impose sanctions against any entity with respect to which Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps owns, directly or indirectly, a 20 percent or greater interest in the entity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.

TAX

H.R.4250: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the statute of limitation for credit or refund for taxpayers who receive combat pay.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 12/15/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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