Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 1675 – Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act: The House passed H.R. 3700, to provide housing opportunities in the United States through modernization of various housing programs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 427 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 52.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-42 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Buchanan amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that promotes efficient and accurate administration of income reviews and the collection of asset information when determining eligibility for rental assistance, consistent with other means-tested programs;
      • Maxine Waters (CA) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that removes harmful language that would limit the amount that families receiving certain federal housing assistance can deduct from their income for childcare expenses;
      • Sewell (AL) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that requires the Secretary of HUD to conduct a study to determine the impacts of the decreased deductions on rents paid by elderly and disabled individuals and families assisted under the Section 8 rental assistance and housing programs;
      • Hinojosa amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that allows the USDA to assess a nominal fee (maximum of $50) per loan under the Section 502 single family guaranteed home loan program in order to fund needed technological improvements and investments into the guaranteed underwriting system;
      • Meng amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that requires HUD to publish model guidelines for minimum heating requirements for units operated by public housing agencies receiving federal assistance;
      • Welch amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that allows the property taxes paid on mobile homes, insurance payments, utilities and financing to be included as components of the housing costs eligible for Section 8 payments;
      • Peters amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that inserts a provision for collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on how to better coordinate and improve veterans housing services;
      • Peters amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to reopen the period for public comment for the ”Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing: Continuum of Care Program” to allow stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on how HUD’s resources can be most equitably used to end homelessness in our country;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 114-411), as modified, that directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to work with the Secretary of Labor to produce an annual report on interagency strategies to strengthen family economic empowerment by linking housing with essential supportive services such as employment counseling and training, financial growth, childcare, transportation, meals, youth recreational activities and other supportive services; prioritizes U.S. citizens and nationals over migrants from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia when receiving federal housing assistance in Guam;
      • Price (NC) amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that updates and modernizes HUD’s funding formula for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program so that funding is distributed to jurisdictions based on living cases of HIV/AIDS; and
      • Palazzo amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that makes permanent the exception to public housing agency resident board member requirement (by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 50).
    • Rejected:
      • Ellison amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that sought to provide affirmative permission for housing providers who administer U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to report on-time rental payment data for their tenants to credit reporting agencies without requiring and managing individual written consent agreements; direct HUD to retain tenant privacy so the furnished information would not specifically note that tenants receive HUD assistance; and
      • Al Green (TX) amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 114-411) that sought to reauthorize the FHA pilot program to establish an automated process for providing additional credit rating information to help determine creditworthiness for families with insufficient credit histories (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 51).H. Res. 594, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3700) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 49, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 48.
  • Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act–Presidential Veto: The House voted to sustain the President’s veto of H.R. 3762, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016, by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 53 (two-thirds of those present not voting to override).
  • Subsequently, the veto message (H. Doc. 114-91) and the bill were referred to the Committee on the Budget.
  • Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act: The House passed H.R. 3662, to enhance congressional oversight over the administration of sanctions against certain Iranian terrorism financiers, by a yea-and-nay vote of 246 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 54. Consideration began on Wednesday, January 13th.
  • 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 on Tuesday, January 12th.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 1675 – Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bill Huizenga Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Brad Sherman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Ellison / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Issa / Polis Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Issa / Polis Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Ellison / Maloney / Quigley / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

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:
      • Rounds Modified Amendment No. 3182 (to Amendment No. 2953), to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a conservation incentives landowner education program. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
      • Durbin/Alexander Amendment No. 3095 (to Amendment No. 2953), to increase funding for the Office of Science of the Department of Energy. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
      • Murkowski (for Hirono) Amendment No. 3064 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to the energy workforce pilot grant program.
      • Murkowski (for Hirono) Modified Amendment No. 3065 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to the energy workforce pilot grant program.
      • Murkowski (for Klobuchar) Amendment No. 3179 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify the areas of focus under the grid storage program.
      • Murkowski (for Carper/Inhofe) Amendment No. 3145 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide that for purposes of the Federal purchase requirement, renewable energy includes thermal energy.
      • Murkowski (for Heitkamp) Amendment No. 3174 (to Amendment No. 2953), to affirm a Federal commitment to carbon capture utilization and storage research, development, and implementation and to study the costs and benefits of contracting authority for price stabilization.
      • Murkowski (for Collins) Modified Amendment No. 3140 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require certain Federal agencies to establish consistent policies relating to forest biomass energy to help address the energy needs of the United States.
      • Murkowski (for Baldwin) Amendment No. 3156 (to Amendment No. 2953), to strike a repeal under a provision relating to manufacturing energy efficiency.
      • Murkowski (for Carper/Inhofe) Amendment No. 3143 (to Amendment No. 2953), to reauthorize the diesel emissions reduction program.
      • Murkowski (for Boxer/Feinstein) Modified Amendment No. 3194 (to Amendment No. 2953), to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a task force to analyze and assess the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak.
      • Murkowski (for Inhofe/King) Amendment No. 3205 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for the use of geomatic data in consideration of applications for Federal authorization.
      • Murkowski (for Booker) Amendment No. 3160 (to Amendment No. 2953), to strike a provision relating to identifying and characterizing methane hydrate resources using remote sensing and seismic data in the Atlantic Ocean Basin.
    • Rejected:
      • By 47 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 10), Lee Amendment No. 3023 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify the authority of the President of the United States to declare national monuments. (Pursuant to the order of Monday, February 1, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 43 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 11), Franken Amendment No. 3115 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish a Federal energy efficiency resource standard for electricity and natural gas suppliers. (Pursuant to the order of Monday, February 1, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 12), Barrasso Amendment No. 3030 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish deadlines and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 49 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 13), Sullivan Amendment No. 2996 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require each agency to repeal or amend 1 or more rules before issuing or amending a rule. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 45 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 14), Schatz/Whitehouse Amendment No. 3176 (to Amendment No. 2953), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phase out tax preferences for fossil fuels on the same schedule as the phase out of the tax credits for wind facilitates. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 43 yeas to 52 nays (Vote. No 15), Whitehouse Amendment No. 3125 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from fossil fuel activities. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • 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 motion was entered to close further debate on Murkowski Amendment No. 2953 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Murkowski Amendment No. 2953.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 3, 2016; and that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to Murkowski Amendment No. 2953, and the bill, be at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour with the time equally divided, and with the Democrats controlling the first half and Republicans controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #218, S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.
  • As a reminder, today Senator McConnell filed cloture on Murkowski amendment #2953 (substitute) and S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the substitute and bill is 1:00pm on Wednesday. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order if cloture is invoked.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the substitute would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, February 4th.
  • 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

 

Senate Judiciary Committee
“The Need for Transparency in the Asbestos Trusts”

House Financial Services Committee
“Trading with the Enemy: Trade-Based Money Laundering is the Growth Industry in Terror Finance”

House Armed Services Committee
“Acquisition Reform: Starting Programs Well”

House Judiciary Committee
Markup: the “Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act” (H.R. 3624)

House Armed Services Committee
“Outside Views on Biodefense for the Department of Defense”

House Ways and Means
Markup of Committee Views and Estimates on the FY 2017 Federal Budget
Markup of H.R. 4294, “SAVERS Act of 2015.”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2482: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to provide training to employment personnel of the Department of Defense on matters relating to authorities for recruitment and retention of employees at the United States Cyber Command, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rounds, Mike [SD] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4428: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fairness in Medicare hospital payments by establishing a floor for the area wage index applied with respect to certain hospitals.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.4435: To improve access to mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, crisis, and recovery services.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 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, Education and the Workforce, 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.

S.2479: A bill to amend Public Health Service Act to expand access to prescription drug monitoring programs.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2484: A bill to amend titles XVIII and XI of the Social Security Act to promote cost savings and quality care under the Medicare program through the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4429: To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue minimum uniform safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Knight, Stephen [CA-25] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.4432: To establish an interim rule for the operation of small unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 2/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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.