Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of the motion to concur with the Senate amendment to H.R. 2029 the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. Once the Senate receives a message from the House they will hold a series of votes on H.R. 2029.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016: H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, with the amendments to the Senate amendment specified in section 3 of H. Res. 566, was taken from the Speaker’s Table.
  • Representative Brady (TX) moved that the House concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2029 with the amendments specified in section 3 of H. Res. 566.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the question was divided among the two House amendments, and the portion of the divided question comprising the amendment specified in section 3(b) of H. Res. 566 was considered first. Subsequently, the first portion of the divided question was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 318 yeas to 109 nays, Roll No. 703.
  • Consideration began on the second portion of the divided question, comprising the amendment specified in section 3(a) of H. Res. 566. Further proceedings were postponed until tomorrow, December 18th.
  • H. Res. 566, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2029) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 702, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 701.
    Higher Education Extension Act of 2015: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3594, to extend temporarily the Federal Perkins Loan program.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
  • Complete Consideration of Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #1 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on H.R. 2241 – Global Health Innovation Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • TSCA Modernization Act: Senate passed H.R. 2576, to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Inhofe Amendment No. 2932, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Convening of 114th Congress, 2nd Session: Senate passed H.J. Res. 76, appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.
  • Strengthening Education through Research Act: Senate passed S. 227, to strengthen the Federal education research system to make research and evaluations more timely and relevant to State and local needs in order to increase student achievement, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Alexander) Amendment No. 2933, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Condemning the Government of Iran State-Sponsored Persecution: Senate agreed to S. Res. 148, condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Kirk) Amendment No. 2934, to make a technical correction.
    • McConnell (for Kirk) Amendment No. 2935, to make technical corrections.
  • International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders: Senate passed H.R. 515, to protect children and others from sexual abuse and exploitation, including sex trafficking and sex tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Corker) Amendment No. 2936, to modify the authorization of appropriations.
  • Rural ACO Provider Equity Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 2261, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on services furnished by Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics, and the bill was then passed.
  • National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act: Senate passed 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.
  • Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Senate passed S. 284, to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, after withdrawing the committee amendment, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Corker) Amendment No. 2937, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that when the Senate receives a message from the House to accompany H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, the Majority Leader be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House amendments; that if a cloture motion is filed on that motion, that notwithstanding rule XXII, Senate immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back, the Majority Leader, or his designee, be recognized to make a motion to table the first House amendment; that following the disposition of that motion, and if a budget point of order is raised, the Majority Leader, or his designee, be recognized to make a motion to waive the point of order, and that following disposition of that motion, Senate then vote on the motion to concur in the House amendments with no further motions or amendments in order, unless the motion to table is successful, or the budget point of order is sustained, and with two minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form prior to each vote.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, December 18, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • As a reminder, today the Senate reached an agreement that results in a series of roll call votes to complete action on the Omnibus. When the Senate receives a message from the House to accompany H.R.2029, the Majority Leader will be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House amendments.
  • Senators will be notified when the first vote in this series is scheduled, but we anticipate up to 4 roll call votes in the morning – as early as 10:00am – on Friday, December 18:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendment to H.R.2029 (Omnibus); if motion to table is made, then
    • Motion to table the first amendment (Omnibus) to the Senate amendment to H.R.2029; if budget point of order is raised, then
    • Motion to waive budget points of order with respect to H.R.2029; and
    • Motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendment toH.R.2029.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearing scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2410: A bill to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 12/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 12/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.2416: A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to require the use of electronic visit verification systems for home health services under the Medicare program and personal care services and home health care services under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 12/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

IMMIGRATION

S.2411: A bill to permit the Secretary of Homeland Security to search open source information to determine if an alien is inadmissible to the United States and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] (introduced 12/17/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/17/2015 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.4283: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on coal, oil, and natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] (introduced 12/17/2015) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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