Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3700 – Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015, will complete consideration of H.R. 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, and consider of the Veto Message on H.R. 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act: H.R. 2187, amended, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its regulations regarding the qualifications of natural persons as accredited investors, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 347 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 46;
  • SEC Small Business Advocate Act: H.R. 3784, amended, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to establish an Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation and a Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee;
  • Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act: H.R. 4168, to amend the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980 to require an annual review by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the annual government-business forum on capital formation that is held pursuant to such Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 390 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 47;
  • Requiring the appropriate Federal banking agencies to treat certain municipal obligations as level 2A liquid assets: H.R. 2209, to require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to treat certain municipal obligations as level 2A liquid assets;
  • International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking: Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 515, to protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, and requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child-sex offender is seeking to enter the United States;
  • Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act: H.R. 400, amended, to require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit reports on definitions of placement and recruitment fees for purposes of enabling compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000;
  • Electrify Africa Act: S. 2152, to establish a comprehensive United States Government policy to encourage the efforts of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop an appropriate mix of power solutions, including renewable energy, for more broadly distributed electricity access in order to support poverty reduction, promote development outcomes, and drive economic growth; and
  • Coast Guard Authorization Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4188, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 5:24 p.m. and reconvened at 6:29 p.m.
  • Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted an Agreement on Social Security between the United States of America and Hungary referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-95).

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: 2:15-3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 3700 – Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Vern Buchanan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Terri Sewell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Madeleine Bordallo Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Grace Meng (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Steven Palazzo Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Peter Welch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Scott Peters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Al Green Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Price (NC) / Aderholt Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Consideration of the Veto Message on H.R. 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Budget Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy Policy Modernization Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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 Gardner) Amendment No. 2970 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to energy management requirements.
      • Murkowski (for Reed/Heller) Amendment No. 2989 (to Amendment No. 2953), to ensure that funds for research and development of electric grid energy storage are used efficiently.
      • Murkowski (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 2991 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify provisions relating to brownfields grants.
      • Murkowski (for Daines) Amendment No. 3119 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require that the 21st Century Energy Workforce Advisory Board membership also represent cybersecurity.
      • Murkowski (for Murphy) Amendment No. 3019 (to Amendment No. 2953), to promote the use of reclaimed refrigerants in Federal facilities.
      • Murkowski (for Hirono) Amendment No. 3066 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to the energy workforce pilot grant program.
      • Murkowski (for Udall/Heinrich) Amendment No. 3137 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to a Secretarial order.
      • Murkowski (for Flake) Modified Amendment No. 3056 (to Amendment No. 2953), to include other Federal departments and agencies in an evaluation of potentially duplicative green building programs.
    • 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 it be in order to call up Lee Amendment No. 3023 (to Amendment No. 2953), and Franken Amendment No. 3115 (to Amendment No. 2953); and at 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Senate vote on or in relation to Lee Amendment No. 3023 (to Amendment No. 2953), and Franken Amendment No. 3115 (to Amendment No. 2953), in the order listed, with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes, and a 60 vote affirmative threshold required for adoption; and that the time between 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., be equally divided in the usual form, and that there be two minutes of debate, equally divided prior to each vote.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00am with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #218, S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • The time from 2:15pm until 2:30pm will be equally divided in the usual form. At 2:30pm, there will be 2 roll call votes on Lee amendment #3023 (national monuments) and Franken amendment #3115 (energy efficiency). No second degree amendments will be in order and a 60 vote affirmative threshold is required for adoption of each amendment. There will be 2 minutes for debate, equally divided, prior to each vote.
  • Amendments pending to S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
    • Murkowski amendment #2953 (substitute)
    • Cassidy amendment #2954 (Strategic Petroleum Reserve)
    • Murkowski amendment #2963 (bulk power system reliability)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee

House Ways and Means Committee
“Reaching America’s Potential: Delivering Growth and Opportunity for All American”

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Markup: the ‘Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act’ (H.R.4293); the ‘Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support Act of 2015’ (H.R.4294)”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Energy Infrastructure Legislation

House Financial Services Committee
Markup of FY17 Budget Views and Estimates

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“U.S. Department of Education: Investigation of the CIO”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Roundtable: Building Upon Success: Priorities for the Water Resources Development Act of 2016”

House Natural Resources Committee
“The Need for the Establishment of a Puerto Rico Financial Stability and Economic Growth Authority”

House Judiciary Committee
“The Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2015 (H.R.1057)”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.4423: To provide for a program of wind energy research, development, and demonstration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-20] (introduced 2/1/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

GUN CONTROL

H.R.4399: To repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and provide for the discoverability and admissibility of gun trace information in civil proceedings.
Sponsor: Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] (introduced 2/1/2016) Cosponsors (35)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.4400: To expand the tropical disease product priority review voucher program to encourage treatments for Zika virus.
Sponsor: Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] (introduced 2/1/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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