Today’s Daily Update

The House will vote on a motion to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #2 – Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 and begin consideration of the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #1 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2820, to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 695;
  • National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2015: H.R. 4246, to exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 696;
  • Emergency Information Improvement Act of 2015: S. 1090, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for broadcasting facilities to receive certain disaster assistance, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 697;
  • Further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016: H.J. Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016;
  • Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015: Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 2297, to prevent Hizballah and associated entities from gaining access to international financial and other institutions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 698;
  • First Responders Passport Act of 2015: H.R. 3750, amended, to waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 699;
  • Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act: H.R. 4239, amended, to require intelligence community reporting on foreign fighter flows to and from terrorist safe havens abroad, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 700; and
  • Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015: H.R. 3878, amended, to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, December 15th:
  • 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 Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #2 – Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #1 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Higher Education Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 3594, to extend temporarily the Federal Perkins Loan program, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Alexander Amendment No. 2929, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Further Continuing Appropriations: Senate passed H.J. Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016.
  • Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act: Senate passed H.R. 3831, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the annual comment period for payment rates under Medicare Advantage.
  • Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act: Senate passed S. 1616, to provide for the identification and prevention of improper payments and the identification of strategic sourcing opportunities by reviewing and analyzing the use of Federal agency charge cards, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Carper) Amendment No. 2930, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Indefinitely Postponed:
    • Adjournment Resolution: Senate indefinitely postponed H. Con. Res. 91, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
    • Signing Authority–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Majority Leader be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 17, 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

 

No hearing scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.4262: To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require that a State awarded a Federal grant to establish an Exchange and that terminates the State operation of such an Exchange provide for an audit of the use of grant funds and return funds to the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Allen, Rick W. [GA-12] (introduced 12/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4275: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate a provision under the Medicare Advantage program that inadvertently penalizes Medicare Advantage plans for providing high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 12/16/2015) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2015 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.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.4267: To provide that no penalty may be imposed on a State for refusing to expend refugee resettlement assistance funds on certain refugees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Chris [NY-27] (introduced 12/16/2015) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4274: To prohibit the admission of K-1 nonimmigrants and to prohibit the issuance of K-1 visas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 12/16/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2406 : A bill to require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to review certain decisions to grant categorical exclusions for Next Generation flight procedures and to consult with the airports at which such procedures will be implemented.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 12/16/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.