Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4470 – Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act and H.R. 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.757, North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Extending the deadline for the submittal of the final report required by the Commission on Care: H.R. 4437, to extend the deadline for the submittal of the final report required by the Commission on Care;
  • Construction Reform Act: H.R. 3106, amended, to authorize Department major medical facility construction projects for fiscal year 2015, to amend title 38, United States Code, and to make certain improvements in the administration of Department medical facility construction projects;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the administration of Department medical facility construction projects.”.
  • VA Provider Equity Act: H.R. 3016, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to health care, educational assistance, and vocational rehabilitation, to establish the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes.”.
  • Career-Ready Student Veterans Act: H.R. 2360, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the approval of certain programs of education for purposes of educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • Authorizing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to convey to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs all right, title, and interest of the United States to the property known as ”The Community Living Center” at the Lake Baldwin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Orlando, Florida: H.R. 4056, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to convey to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs all right, title, and interest of the United States to the property known as ”The Community Living Center” at the Lake Baldwin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Orlando, Florida;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to convey to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs all right, title, and interest of the United States to the property known as ‘The Community Living Center’ at the Lake Baldwin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Orlando, Florida.”.
  • American Heroes COLA Act: H.R. 677, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-D119connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans, and for other purposes.”.
  • Failing VA Medical Center Recovery Act: H.R. 3234, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs an Office of Failing Medical Center Recovery;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to evaluate the ability of each medical center of the Department to provide quality health care to veterans, to ensure that the Secretary improves such medical centers that are underperforming, and for other purposes.”.
  • Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act: H.R. 2915, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are effective in treating women veterans as part of the evaluation of such programs by the Secretary;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are effective in treating women veterans as part of the evaluation of such programs by the Secretary, and for other purposes.”.
  • Providing for the conveyance of land of the Illiana Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Danville, Illinois: H.R. 3262, to provide for the conveyance of land of the Illiana Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Danville, Illinois;
  • National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act: H.R. 3036, amended, to designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York, as a national memorial, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 64;
  • Correcting the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Unit P16: H.R. 890, amended, to correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Unit P16; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Florida.”.
  • Amending title 10, United States Code, to require the prompt notification of State Child Protective Services by military and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense required by law to report suspected instances of child abuse and neglect: H.R. 3894, to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the prompt notification of State Child Protective Services by military and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense required by law to report suspected instances of child abuse and neglect.

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: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4470 – Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Daniel Kildee / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • H.R. 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #3 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Suzan DelBene Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Suzan DelBene Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief Act: Senate passed S. 2109, to direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop an integrated plan to reduce administrative costs under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
  • McConnell (for Johnson) Amendment No. 3296, to sunset the reporting requirement after 7 years.
  • Judicial Redress Act: Senate passed H.R. 1428, to extend Privacy Act remedies to citizens of certified states, after agreeing to the committee amendment.
  • Career and Technical Education Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 367, supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.
  • Digital Learning Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 369, affirming the importance of student data privacy and recognizing Digital Learning Day.
  • Conference Reports:
    • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill, 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 11, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 10:30am.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #359, H.R.757, North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016. There will be up to 7 hours of debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the committee-reported amendment will be agreed to and the Senate will vote on the bill, as amended.
  • We expect that vote to occur at approximately 5:00pm.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Conservative Reform Network and the Hoover Institution
“Replacing Obamacare with Consumer-Centered Health Reforms”

House Financial Services Committee
“Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Review of Air Traffic Control Reform Proposals”

House Agriculture Committee
“The 2016 Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission”

Senate Environment & Public Works
“The Importance of Enacting a New Water Resources Development Act”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining Medicaid and CHIP’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Industry Perspectives on the Consumer Product Safety Commission”

Senate Finance Committee
“The President’s FY2017 Budget”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“The Global Zika Epidemic: Emerging in the Americas”

House Ways and Means Committee
Health and Human Services Department’s FY2017 Budget Request

House Appropriations Committee
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Budget

Senate Aging Committee
“New Scam by Global Drug Traffickers Perpetrated Against Our Nation’s Seniors”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2517: A bill to require a report on United States strategy to combat terrorist use of social media, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

ENERGY

H.R.4504: To repeal Federal energy conservation standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4498: HALOS Act
Sponsor: Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4500: Community Bank Reporting Relief Act
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4505: To improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing by designating and supporting manufacturing communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4499: Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Mooney, Alexander X. [WV-2] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4506: To amend the Public Health Service Act to help health care consumers comparison shop for medical services based on quality and cost.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2518: A bill to authorize the use of Ebola funds for Zika response and preparedness.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2519: A bill to provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2525: A bill to increase the number of States that may conduct Medicaid demonstration programs to improve access to community mental health services.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4508: To provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage and to provide a credit against the employment taxes of certain employers who pay more than the Federal minimum wage.
Sponsor: Rep Norcross, Donald [NJ-1] (introduced 2/9/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

 

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