Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1644 – STREAM Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2232, Audit the Federal Reserve. At 9 p.m. a Joint Session of Congress will be held to receive the President’s State of the Union Address.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act: S. 142, to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a rule to require child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers;
    • Presidential Allowance Modernization Act: H.R. 1777, amended, to amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as the ”Former Presidents Act of 1958”, with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President;
    • District of Columbia Courts, Public Defender Service, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act: S. 1629, to revise certain authorities of the District of Columbia courts, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia;
    • GONE Act: S. 1115, to close out expired, empty grant accounts;
    • Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act: H.R. 598, amended, to provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 34;
    • Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2016: H.R. 1069, amended, to amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations;
    • FOIA Act: H.R. 653, amended, to amend section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act), to provide for greater public access to information; and
    • Federal Intern Protection Act: H.R. 3231, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal government from workplace harassment and discrimination, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 35.
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes.”.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016: H.R. 757, amended, to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • The House will recess no later than 5:30 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s State of the Union Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:25 p.m.
  • H.R. 1644 – STREAM Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Alex Mooney / Natural Resources Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Doug Lamborn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Dan Kildee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Terri Sewell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on H.R. 757 – North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Federal Reserve Transparency Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2232, to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, with the time until 2:30 p.m., equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • Messages from the President: Senate received the following messages from the President of the United States:
    • Transmitting, pursuant to the Constitution, the report of the veto of S.J. Res. 23, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ”Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”, received during adjournment of the Senate on December 18, 2015; ordered to be printed in the Record, spread in full upon the Journal, and held at the desk. (PM-34)
    • Transmitting, pursuant to the Constitution, the report of the veto of S.J. Res. 24, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ”Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”, received during adjournment of the Senate on December 18, 2015; ordered to be printed in the Record, spread in full upon the Journal, and held at the desk.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 82 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 1), Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.343 until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm, with the first hour equally divided and the Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2232, Audit the Federal Reserve, with the time until 2:30pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2232.
  • As a reminder, on Tuesday at 9:00pm, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address. Senators will gather in the Senate Chamber at 8:20pm and proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives at 8:25pm.
  • 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

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Executive Session – the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the FDA

House Natural Resources Committee
“Exploring Energy Challenges and Opportunities Facing Puerto Rico”

House Financial Services Committee
“Opportunities and Challenges Facing the National Flood Insurance Program”

House Judiciary Committee
Markup – “Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015”; the “No Fly for Foreign Fighters Act”; and the “Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015”

House Homeland Security Committee
“Wassenaar: Cybersecurity & Export Control”

Office of Representative Jackie Speier
“Brain Injuries and the Discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL players”

California State Assembly
Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act of 2016 (A.B.No. 463)

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4361: Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Palmer, Gary J. [AL-6] (introduced 1/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

HEALTH

H.R.4362: To amend the Social Security Act to replace the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance program with a block grant to the States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] (introduced 1/11/2016) Cosponsors (26)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, 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.

TAX

H.R.4363: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts paid by an employer on an employee’s student loans.
Sponsor: Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] (introduced 1/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.