Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.J.Res.22 (Waters of the United States).

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension Act: Senate passed S. 607, to provide for a five-year extension of the Medicare rural community hospital demonstration program, after agreeing to the committee reported amendment, the title amendment, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 2952, relative to the five-year extension of the rural community hospital demonstration program.
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act: Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2422, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility projects for which appropriations are being made for fiscal year 2016, and the bill was then passed.
    Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 28, to establish the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for the inauguration of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States on January 20, 2017.
  • Authorizing Use of the Rotunda and Emancipation Hall: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 29, to authorize the use of the rotunda and Emancipation Hall of the Capitol by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in connection with the proceedings and ceremonies conducted for the inauguration of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect of the United States.
  • Measures Considered:
    • American Safe Act: Senate resumed 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 4), 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.
  • Veto Messages:
    • Waters of the United States–Veto Message: Senate began consideration of the veto message on 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.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the veto message on S.J. Res. 22, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, January 20, 2016, a vote on cloture will occur at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 21, 2016; and if cloture is not invoked, that the veto message be indefinitely postponed.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the veto message at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 21, 2016, with the time until 10:30 a.m., equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.J.Res.22 (Waters of the United States) with the time until 10:30am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 10:30am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the message.
  • Thursday, January 21 at 10:30am – 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the veto message on S.J.Res.22 (WOTUS)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“CO-OPs: A Review of the Financial and Oversight Controls”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Laying Out the Reality of the United States Postal Service”

SEC
Investor Advisory Committee

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

APPROPRIATIONS

S.2454 : A bill to limit the period of authorization of new budget authority provided in appropriation Acts, to require analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of existing programs for which continued new budget authority is proposed to be authorized by committees of Congress, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 1/20/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

IMMIGRATION

S.2449: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to remove limitations on the ability of certain dual citizens from participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 1/20/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2458: A bill to amend section 217(a)(12) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, relating to the restriction of the use of the Visa Waiver Program for aliens who travel to certain countries.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 1/20/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

S.2457: A bill amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion for employer-provided education assistance to employer payments of student loans.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 1/20/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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