Today’s Daily Update

The House will reconvene on Monday, February 1, and will begin consideration of H.R. 3662, Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act and the Veto Message on H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act. The Senate will reconvene on Monday, February 1, and resume consideration of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House met in pro forma session.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy Policy Modernization Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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:
    • Adopted:
      • Murkowski (for Barrasso/Schatz) Modified 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 Shaheen) Amendment No. 2968 (to Amendment No. 2953), to clarify the definition of the term “smart manufacturing”.
      • By 87 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 7), 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.
      • By 62 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 8), 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.
      • By 55 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 9), Murkowski (for Schatz) Amendment No. 2965 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify the funding provided for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.
      • Murkowski (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 3029 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for the modernization of the energy policy for Indian tribal land.
      • Murkowski (for Baldwin) Amendment No. 2984 (to Amendment No. 2953), to include water and wastewater treatment facilities among energy-intensive industries and to expand the role of the institution of higher education-based industrial research and assessment centers.
      • Murkowski (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3001 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to national goals for geothermal production and site identification.
      • Murkowski (for Capito/Manchin) Amendment No. 3063 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require a study of the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the United States.
      • Murkowski (for Daines/Tester) Amendment No. 3020 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for the reinstatement of the license for the Gibson Dam project.
      • Murkowski (for Hirono) Amendment No. 3067 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modernize certain terms relating to minorities.
    • 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 Amendment No. 2963 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to bulk-power system reliability impact statements.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the bill at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 1, 2016.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCE

S.2472: A bill to establish an American Savings Account Fund and create a retirement savings plan available to all employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 1/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

HEALTH

H.R.4396: To support a comprehensive public health response to the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.
Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] (introduced 1/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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

S.2471: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and expand Coverdell education savings accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 1/28/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4397: To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide for caches of emergency response equipment to be used in the event of an accident involving rail tank cars transporting hazardous material, crude oil, or flammable liquids.
Sponsor: Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] (introduced 1/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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