Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider a series of 9 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will consider the nomination of Luis Restrepo to be US Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

House

 

Friday:

  • Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1927, to amend title 28, United States Code, to improve fairness in class action litigation, by a recorded vote of 211 ayes to 188 noes with one answering “present”, Roll No. 33.
    • Rejected the McCollum 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 173 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 32.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-38 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
    • Rejected:
      • Cohen amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to make an exception from the bill’s required showings for class certification for claims for monetary relief against the perpetrator of a terrorist attack by victims of such attack (by a recorded vote of 158 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 23);
      • Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to make an exception from the bill’s required showings for class certification for claims for monetary relief pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (by a recorded vote of 163 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 24);
      • Deutch amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to create an exception for claims brought by a gun owner seeking monetary relief involving the defective design or manufacturing of a firearm (by a recorded vote of 163 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 25);
      • Moore amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to exempt causes of action arising under the Fair Housing Act or the Equal Credit Opportunity Act from the bill’s requirements (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 26);
      • Moore amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to exempt causes of action arising from a pay equity claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Equal Pay Act from the requirements of the bill (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 27);
      • Maxine Waters (CA) amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to create an exception for claims brought by students, service members and veterans seeking relief from institutions of higher education that have engaged in fraudulent activities and unfair practices (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 28);
      • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to strike the “scope” and “economic loss” language from the bill (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 223 noes with one answering “present”, Roll No. 29);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to provide litigants in a pending class action access to information held in a trust that is directly related to a plaintiff’s claim for asbestos exposure (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 30); and
      • Nadler amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that sought to replace the bill’s requirement for asbestos trusts to disclose detailed personal information with aggregate reporting of demands received and payments made by the trusts (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 31).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Cohen amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-389) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have made an exception from the bill’s required showings for class certification for claims for monetary relief arising from a foreign-made product.
      • H. Res. 581, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1927), was agreed to yesterday, January 7th.
  • Presidential Veto Message–Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted his Memorandum of Disapproval of H.R. 3762, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016, and explained his reasons therefore–ordered printed (H. Doc. 114-91).
    • The House agreed by voice vote to the Scalise motion to postpone further consideration of the veto message and the bill until the legislative day of January 26, 2016.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 142 – Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015(Sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 757 – North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1777 – Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1069 – Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Duncan / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) S. 1629 – District of Columbia Courts, Public Defender Service, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act of 2015(Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) S. 1115 – Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act (Sponsored by Sen. Deb Fischer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 598 – Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 653 – FOIA Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 3231 – Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate convened for a pro forma session with no business conducted and stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.104 until 2:00pm on Monday, January 11, 2016.
  • On Monday, 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.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #213, the nomination of Luis Restrepo to be US Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • As a reminder, in December cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.2232, Audit the Fed (Paul). That cloture vote will be on Tuesday, January 12, at 2:30pm.
  • Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5:30pm
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #213, Luis Felipe Restrepo, to be US Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:30pm
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2232, Audit the Fed.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Research and Technology Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee Cyber Security
What the Federal Government Can Learn from the Private Sector

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4350: To repeal the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Amash, Justin [MI-3] (introduced 1/8/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Homeland Security; House Intelligence (Permanent Select); House Armed Services; House Judiciary; House Foreign Affairs; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, Intelligence (Permanent Select), Armed Services, the Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, and 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4353: To extend the exemption of small banks and savings associations from classification as a financial entity for purposes of the swaps clearing requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act, to their holding companies,.
Sponsor: Rep Emmer, Tom [MN-6] (introduced 1/8/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

GUN CONTROL

H.R.4356: Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 1/8/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

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