Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is scheduled to meet in a Pro Forma session at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy Policy Modernization Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2953, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Murkowski (for Cassidy/Markey) Amendment No. 2954 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for certain increases in, and limitations on, the drawdown and sales of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
      • Murkowski (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 2968 (to Amendment No. 2953), to clarify the definition of the term ”smart manufacturing”.
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2963 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to bulk-power system reliability impact statements.
      • Murkowski (for Barrasso/Schatz) Amendment No. 3017 (to Amendment No. 2953), to expand the authority for awarding technology prizes by the Secretary of Energy to include a financial award for separation of carbon dioxide from dilute sources.
      • Murkowski (for Markey) Amendment No. 2982 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review and submit a report on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports.
      • Murkowski (for Crapo) Amendment No. 3021 (to Amendment No. 2953), to enable civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, to expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science.
      • Murkowski (for Schatz) Amendment No. 2965 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify the funding provided for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.
        A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 12 noon, on Thursday, January 28, 2016, Senate vote on or in relation to Murkowski (for Crapo) Amendment No. 3021 (to Amendment No. 2953) (listed above), and at 1:45 p.m., Senate vote on or in relation to Murkowski (for Schatz) Amendment No. 2965 (to Amendment No. 2953) (listed above); that no second-degree amendments be in order to Murkowski (for Crapo) Amendment No. 3021 (to Amendment No. 2953), or Murkowski (for Schatz) Amendment No. 2965 (to Amendment No. 2953), prior to the votes; and that the time until 12 noon, and following disposition of Murkowski (for Crapo) Amendment No. 3021 (to Amendment No. 2953) until 1:45 p.m., be equally divided between the two Managers, or their designees.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:45 a.m., on Thursday, January 28, 2016.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  • By 84 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. EX. 6), John Michael Vazquez, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:45am on Thursday, January 28, 2016.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #218, S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided between the two managers or their designees.
  • At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on Crapo amendment #3021 (nuclear energy technologies) and at 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on Schatz amendment #2965 (advanced research projects). The time following the disposition of the Crapo amendment until 1:45pm will be equally divided between the two managers or their designees. Additional votes are possible during Thursday’s session.
  • Thursday, January 28 at 12:00 noon
    • Roll call vote on Crapo SA #3021(nuclear energy technologies)
  • Thursday, January 28 at 1:45pm
    • Roll call vote on Schatz SA #2965 (advanced research projects)
  • Amendments pending to S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
    • Murkowski amendment #2953 (substitute)
    • Cassidy-Markey amendment #2954 (Strategic Petroleum Reserve)
    • Shaheen amendment #2968 (smart manufacturing definition);
    • Murkowski amendment #2963 (bulk power system reliability);
    • Barrasso amendment #3017 (technology prizes);
    • Markey amendment #2982 (energy production/crude report);
    • Crapo amendment #3021 (nuclear energy technologies); and
    • Schatz amendment #2965 (advanced research projects).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“Helping Americans Prepare for Retirement: Increasing Access, Participation and Coverage in Retirement Savings Plans”

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
“Generic Drug User Fee Amendments: Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs”

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Executive Session – H.R. 1428, Judicial Redress Act of 2015; S. 1890, Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015”

Securities Regulation Working Group

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

S.2466: A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public if a State agency and public water system are not taking action to address a public health risk associated with drinking water requirements.
Sponsor: Sen Peters, Gary C. [MI] (introduced 1/27/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

GUN CONTROL

S.2469: A bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 1/27/2016) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

S.2467: A bill to reduce health care-associated infections and improve antibiotic stewardship through enhanced data collection and reporting, the implementation of State-based quality improvement efforts, and improvements in provider education in patient safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 1/27/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/27/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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