Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider S.J. Res. 22 – relating to the rule submitted by the EPA on the definition of “waters of the U.S.” and H.R. 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • STREAM Act: The House passed H.R. 1644, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to ensure transparency in the development of environmental regulations, by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 42.
    • Rejected the Kildee motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 41.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Lamborn amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-395) that makes a technical fix to a U.S. Code citation and addresses a concern regarding copyrighted scientific products.
    • Rejected:
      • Kildee amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-395) that sought to prevent the rules in the underlying bill from being delayed if it protects drinking water quality (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 38);
      • Cartwright amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-395) that sought to direct funding from AML certified states for use in revitalizing economically distressed communities which have been adversely affected by discharge from abandoned mine lands (by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 39); and
      • Sewell (AL) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-395) that sought to address the exemption clause in Sec. 530; lower the threshold of postponing the delay of a rule if there is a threat that a delay would cause or significantly contribute to the development of negative chronic or long-term health conditions (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 40).
    • H. Res. 583, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1644), the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 22), and the bill (H.R. 3662), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 37, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 36.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, January 11th:
    • North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016: H.R. 757, amended, to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 43.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, 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.
  • S.J. Res. 22 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    H.R. 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Federal Reserve Transparency Act: Senate resumed 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.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 2), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Subsequently, the motion to proceed was withdrawn.
  • American Safe Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 4038, to require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain aliens as refugees.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Tuesday, January 12, 2016, a vote on cloture will occur at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and that if cloture is invoked, then the time be counted as if it had been invoked at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
  • Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
    • Transmitting the report on the State of the Union delivered to a Joint Session of Congress on January 12, 2016; which was ordered to lie on the table. (PM-36)
  • Wright Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Wilhelmina Marie Wright, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota; that there be 30 minutes of debate on the nomination, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate; and that no further motions be in order to the nomination.

Today:

  • Senate will stand adjourned until 11:00am on Friday, January 15, for a pro forma session only with no business conducted.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4370 : Compact Impact Relief Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] (introduced 1/12/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Financial Services; House Foreign Affairs; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, and Natural Resources, 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.

H.R.4371 : Article I Consolidated Appropriations Amendments, 2016
Sponsor: Rep Buck, Ken [CO-4] (introduced 1/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Foreign Affairs; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Homeland Security; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Education and the Workforce; House Agriculture; House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, the Budget, and 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.

HEALTH

H.R.4365 : Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] (introduced 1/12/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

S.2438: A bill to amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a comprehensive and nationwide system to evaluate the quality of care provided to beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and to provide incentives for voluntary quality improvement.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 1/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2443: A bill to support the establishment of a Standards Coordinating Body in Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 1/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.