Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 712 – Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015 and complete consideration of H.R. 1155 – SCRUB Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015: The House agreed to the Tom Price (GA) motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016, by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 6.
    • H. Res. 579, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3762) by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 3, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 175 nays, Roll No. 2.
  • SCRUB Act of 2015: The House began consideration of H.R. 1155, to provide for the establishment of a process for the review of rules and sets of rules. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, January 7th.
    • Agreed to:
      • Foxx amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that adds consideration of unfunded mandates to the Commission’s review of rules;
      • Schweikert amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that adds a new subsection (I) under 101(h)(2) requiring the commission to consider rules that are limiting or prohibiting government agencies from adopting technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness; and
      • Walberg amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that directs the Commission to highlight the role regulations have on wage stagnation and income inequality by examining the negative impact of regulations on wages, including wages for minimum wage and part-time workers.
    • Rejected:
      • Cummings amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to strike Title IV of the bill.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Murphy (FL) amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have established an independent advisory committee to review certain regulations, and for other purposes.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to strike title II of the bill, eliminating the legislation’s regulatory ”cut-go” process, which requires that agencies eliminate rules identified by the Regulatory Retrospective Review Commission prior to issuing a new rule;
      • Cummings amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to exempt independent establishments from the requirements of the bill;
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to exempt rules made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from the additional provisions of the legislation;
      • DelBene amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to create an exemption from regulatory ”cut-go” requirements in the case of an emergency;
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to provide that the term ”rule” has the meaning given in section 551 of title 5, United States Code, except for a special rule as made by the Secretary of Homeland Security; and
      • Pocan amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that seeks to exempt from the bill rules put forth by the FDA for the purposes of consumer safety.
    • H. Res. 580, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 712) and (H.R. 1155) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 5, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 4.

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: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 712 – Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Goodlatte / Chaffetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Cummings / Connolly Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Stephen Lynch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Foxx / Messer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Cummings / Connolly Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1155 – SCRUB Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Judiciary Committee / Judiciary Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment
      • Rep. Elijah Cummings Amendment
      • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment #1
      • Rep. Suzan DelBene Amendment
      • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment #2 (for Jackson Lee)
      • Rep. Mark Pocan Amendment

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearing scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

IRAN SANCTIONS

H.R.4333: To authorize expedited consideration of sanctions in the event that the Government of Iran commits acts of terror or uses ballistic missile technology in violation of international law.
Sponsor: Rep Kennedy, Joseph P., III [MA-4] (introduced 1/6/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.

EXECUTIVE ACTION

H.R.4321: To provide that any executive action that infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States or on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 1/6/2016) Cosponsors (62)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/6/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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