Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 5 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the Califf nomination, post-cloture.




  • The House was not in session.


  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 2109 – Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief Act of 2015(Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3584 – Transportation Security Administration Reform and Improvement Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4408 – National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4398 – DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4402 – Foreign Fighter Review Act of 2016, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee)





  • Califf Nomination–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Robert McKinnon Califf, of South Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 80 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 24), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, February 23, 2016; and that all time during the recess and adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the nomination.


  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Califf nomination, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today


The Kennedy Forum
“Second Annual State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction”

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Technology Advisory Committee Open Meeting

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Passenger Rail: Opportunities and Challenges for the National Network”

Senate Finance Committee
“Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
FY 2017 Interior Department Budget Request

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Defense Health Care Reform”


Notable Legislation Introduced



S.2562: A bill to support a comprehensive public health response to the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 2/22/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/22/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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