Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3442 – Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
  • Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act: H.R. 4470, amended, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to the requirements related to lead in drinking water, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 67.
  • Scientific Research in the National Interest Act: The House passed H.R. 3293, to provide for greater accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, to promote the progress of science in the United States that serves that national interest, by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 70.
    • Rejected the Edwards motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 69.
    • Agreed to:
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-420) that establishes a new objective of the research which would ensure that the research conducted is consistent with established and widely accepted scientific methods applicable to the field of study of exploration;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-420) that establishes a new objective of the research that would ensure that the research conducted is consistent with the definition of basic research as it applies to the purpose and field of study;
      • DelBene amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-420) that clarifies that language in the bill allowing research to be funded for the development of an American STEM workforce also includes computer science and information technology sectors; and
      • DelBene amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-420) that clarifies that the bill does not impact grant funding that has already been awarded by the National Science Foundation.
    • Rejected:
      • Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-420) that sought to replace subsection 2(b), ”Determination”, to ensure that such determination is consistent with the mission of the agency and with the existing merit-review criteria (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 68).
    • H. Res. 609, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3442) and (H.R. 3293) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 66, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 65.
  • United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 907, to improve defense cooperation between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • Judicial Redress Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1428, to extend Privacy Act remedies to citizens of certified states.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 3442 – Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kenny Marchant / Ways and Means Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Grijalva / Pocan Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Tim Huelskamp Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Newhouse / Byrne / Stivers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Robin Kelly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Duffy / Hensarling / McClintock / Messer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Luke Messer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Grijalva / Pocan Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mark Takano Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 20), Senate passed H.R. 757, to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Conference Reports:
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 11, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany the bill, equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Under the rule, the cloture vote will occur at approximately 10:30am. If cloture is invoked, there would then be up to 30 hours of debate. We may be in a position to yield back time and vote on adoption of the conference report before lunch.
  • During Thursday’s session, we also expect to vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #361, the nomination of Leonard Terry Strand, of South Dakota, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“The Future of Housing in America: Examining the Health of the FHA”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Markup of S.524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“The Semiannual Monetary Report to Congress”

Senate Finance Committee
Health and Human Services Department’s FY2017 Budget Request

House Ways and Means Committee
FY2017 Treasury Department Budget Proposal

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Markup of H.R. 4441 – The Aviation Innovation, Reform, & Reauthorization Act; FY 2017 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Emerging Health Threats/Zika Supplemental”

House Judiciary Committee
Markup: Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act (H.R. 2947)

House Financial Services Committee
“Short-term, Small Dollar Lending: The CFPB’s Assault on Access to Credit and Trampling of State and Tribal Sovereignty”

House Agriculture Committee
“Foot and Mouth Disease: Are We Prepared?”

House Judiciary Committee
“Resolving Issues with Confiscated Property in Cuba, Havana Club Rum and Other Property”

House Small Business Committee
“Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4517: To provide for greater transparency in and user control over the treatment of data collected by mobile applications and to enhance the security of such data.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 2/10/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4528: To preempt State data security vulnerability mandates and decryption requirements.
Sponsor: Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] (introduced 2/10/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

TAX

H.R.4518: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to lower the corporate rate of income tax to the OECD average, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Emmer, Tom [MN-6] (introduced 2/10/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2530: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the exemption for certain aircraft from the excise taxes on transportation by air.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 2/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2536: A bill to require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the inclusion in aircraft medical kits of medications and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 2/10/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

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