Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider whether to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 757 – North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 and consider H.R. 2017 – Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015. The Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Robert McKinnon Califf, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Consideration of Suspension: Agreed by unanimous consent that the Speaker be authorized to entertain motions to suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15 relating to H.R. 757, to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, any time through the legislative day of Friday, February 12, 2016.
  • Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 611, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2017) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and to amend the authority to bring proceedings under section 403A, and providing for proceedings during the period from February 15, 2016, through February 22, 2016, by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 174 noes, Roll No. 78, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 77.
  • Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act: The House passed H.R. 3442, to provide further means of accountability of the United States debt and promote fiscal responsibility, by a recorded vote of 267 ayes to 151 noes, Roll No. 76.
    • Rejected the Doggett motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 75.
    • Agreed to:
      • Grijalva amendment (No. 1 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that requires the Secretary of the Treasury’s report to also include historical levels of federal revenue, including corporate and individual federal income taxes as a percent of gross domestic product;
      • Huelskamp amendment (No. 2 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to provide weekly reporting of extraordinary measures and projected exhaustion date upon notification the debt limit has been reached;
      • Newhouse amendment (No. 3 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that directs the Secretary of the Treasury to include in the debt report to Congress whether the President recommends that Congress adopt a balanced budget amendment to control the accumulation of future debt;
      • Messer amendment (No. 6 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that requires the Secretary to report on extraordinary measures the Treasury Department intends to use if the debt limit is not lifted, project how long such measures will fund the federal government, and project the administrative costs to the Treasury Department associated with taking such actions; and
      • Duffy amendment (No. 5 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to notify Congress whether it is able to pay only principal and interest on the national debt, as opposed to other obligations, in the event that the debt limit is reached (by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 72).
    • Rejected:
      • Kelly (IL) amendment (No. 4 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that sought to require the Secretary of the Treasury’s report to also include an economic forecast of the negative consequences of failing to raise the debt limit, including costs associated with public health and safety (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 71);
      • Grijalva amendment (No. 7 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that sought to require the Secretary of the Treasury’s report to also include individual salary and wage information, as well as projections of consumer spending and the impact of spending cuts on gross domestic product (by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 73); and
      • Takano amendment (No. 8 printed part A of H. Rept. 114-420) that sought to require the report to include the impact the threat of default would have on the economy, including, but not limited to, the impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), interest rates, employment, household wealth, and retirement assets (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 74).
    • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
    • H. Res. 609, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3442) and (H.R. 3293) was agreed to yesterday, February 10th.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 757 – North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 2017 – Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. McMorris Rodgers / Cárdenas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Kurt Schrader Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Conference Reports:
  • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act: By 75 yeas to 20 nays (Vote No. 22), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 73 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 21), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill.
  • Califf Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Robert McKinnon Califf, of South Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, February 11, 2016, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, February 22, 2016.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. EX. 23), Leonard Terry Strand, of South Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
    • Morton H. Halperin, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for a term of two years.
    • Michael O. Johanns, of Nebraska, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for a term of three years.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Friday, February 12, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • As a reminder, tonight Senator McConnell moved to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #443, Robert McKinnon Califf, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, and filed cloture on the nomination.
  • At 5:30pm on Monday, February 22, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Califf nomination.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.4535: To prohibit drilling in the outer Continental Shelf, to prohibit coal leases on Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4538: To provide immunity from suit for certain individuals who disclose potential examples of financial exploitation of senior citizens, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sinema, Kyrsten [AZ-9] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

S.2542: A bill to provide for alternative and updated certification requirements for participation under Medicaid State plans under title XIX of the Social Security Act in the case of certain facilities treating infants under one year of age with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [WV] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2543: A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to amend the mission statement of the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4549: To require the Transportation Security Administration to conduct security screening at certain airports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

S.2547: A bill to increase the maximum penalty for unfair and deceptive practices relating to advertising of the costs of air transportation.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2549: A bill to require the Transportation Security Administration to conduct security screening at certain airports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 2/11/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/11/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

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