Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1927 – Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 581, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1927) to amend title 28, United States Code, to improve fairness in class action litigation, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 22, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 21.
  • Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 712, to impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No 12.
    • Rejected the Kelly (IL) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 11.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-37 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Marino amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that includes a small number of revisions in the nature of technical and conforming changes to clarify provisions that state deadlines, reformat section nomenclature and headings, and improve typography or grammar; and
      • Foxx amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that requires monthly reporting of unfunded mandates by agencies to OIRA; requires reporting of unfunded mandates imposed in OIRA’s annual cumulative assessment of agency rule making.
    • Rejected:
      • Cummings amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to exempt independent establishments from the requirements of Title II of the bill;
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to insert an exception for any rule, consent decree, or settlement agreement that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation and whose benefits exceeds its costs (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 7);
      • Cummings amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to strike section 653 as created by Title II of the bill (Requirement for Rules to Appear in Agency-Specific Monthly Publications) (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 8);
      • Lynch amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to amend Title II of H.R. 712 by requiring federal agencies to provide an estimate of the benefits of proposed regulations; also require the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to include the total benefits of proposed and final agency rules in the annual cumulative assessment of agency rule making required by the bill (by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 9); and
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-388) that sought to clarify that the exception to the rule should take effect in the event that there is a threat to health or safety or other emergency and not only when such threat is imminent (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 10).
    • H. Res. 580, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 712) and (H.R. 1155), was agreed to yesterday, January 6th.
  • Announcement by the Chair: The Speaker addressed the Members on matters of decorum in the House.
  • SCRUB Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1155, to provide for the establishment of a process for the review of rules and sets of rules, by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 174 noes, Roll No. 20. Consideration began yesterday, January 6th.
    • Rejected the Cicilline motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 19.
    • Rejected:
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 13);
      • Cummings amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought to exempt independent establishments from the requirements of the bill (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 14);
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought to exempt rules made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from the additional provisions of the legislation (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 15);
      • DelBene amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought to create an exemption from regulatory ”cut-go” requirements in the case of an emergency (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 16);
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 17); and
      • Pocan amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-388) that was debated on January 6th that sought to exempt from the bill rules put forth by the FDA for the purposes of consumer safety (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 18).
    • H. Res. 580, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 712) and (H.R. 1155), was agreed to yesterday, January 6th.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 1927 – Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Steve Cohen Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Steve Cohen Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Ted Deutch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4347 — To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to extend the provisions of that Act to cover a debt collector who is collecting debt owed to a State or local government, to index award amounts under such Act for inflation, to provide for civil injunctive relief for violations of such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 01/07/2016)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 01/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

GUN CONTROL

H.R.4348 — To require reciprocity between the District of Columbia and other States and jurisdictions with respect to the ability of individuals to carry certain concealed firearms, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6] (Introduced 01/07/2016)
Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: 01/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

HEALTH

H.R.4349 To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish an institution for mental diseases bed registry program.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 01/07/2016)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

IRAN SANCTIONS

H.R.4349 To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish an institution for mental diseases bed registry program.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 01/07/2016)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

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