Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3624 – Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2015 and begin consideration of H.R. 2406 – SHARE Act. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.Res.374, relating to the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act: S. 238, to amend title 18, United States Code, to authorize the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to issue oleoresin capsicum spray to officers and employees of the Bureau of Prisons;
  • Amending the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission: H.R. 3004, to amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission;
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act: H.R. 2880, amended, to redesignate the Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site in the State of Georgia;
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act: H.R. 1475, amended, to authorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance;
  • Indian Trust Asset Reform Act: H.R. 812, amended, to provide for Indian trust asset management reform;
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act: H.R. 3371, to adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill; and
  • Amending the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: H.R. 3620, to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
  • Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2016–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 618, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3624) to amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent fraudulent joinder, by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 86, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 85. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, February 25th.

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: 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • H.R. 3624 – Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2015 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Ken Buck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2406 – SHARE Act (Structured Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Rob Wittman / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Relative to the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Senate begin consideration of S. Res. 374, relating to the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, which is at the desk and I ask that it be held, and that Senate then vote on the resolution, and that if the resolution is agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Justice Scalia Tributes–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senators be permitted to submit tributes to Justice Scalia for the Record until March 10, 2016, and that all tributes be printed as a Senate document.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 89 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 25), Robert McKinnon Califf, of South Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, February 25, 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.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.Res.374, relating to the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and vote on adoption of the resolution.
  • Senators will be able to submit tributes to Justice Scalia for the Record until Thursday, March 10, 2016.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Brookings Institution
“Tax Policy in 2016: What’s New and What’s Next”

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Nominations: Brad Carson; Jennifer O’Connor; and Todd Weiler”

House Financial Services Committee
“Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis and its Impact on the Bond Market”

House Natural Resources Committee
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Analysis of the Situation in Puerto Rico”

House Appropriations Committee (Labor-HHS-Ed)
“The Department of Health and Human Services Budget”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Reauthorization of DOT’s Pipeline Safety Program”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Reauthorization of DOT’s Pipeline Safety Program”

House Agriculture Committee
“G-20 Swap Data Reporting Goals Review”

House Homeland Security Committee
“Probing DHS’s Botched Management of the Human Resources Information Technology Program”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Security Clearance Reform: The Performance Accountability Council’s Path Forward”

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
“Connecting Patients to New and Potential Life Saving Treatments”

House Appropriations Committee (Ag, Rural Development, FDA)
“The Food and Drug Administration Budget”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Review Of Obamacare Co-Ops”

House Homeland Security Committee
“Emerging Cyber Threats to the U.S.”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers: Part 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.4599: Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2578: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit certain partial fillings of prescriptions.
Sponsor: Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

IMMIGRATION

H.R.4598: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve the H-1B visa program, to repeal the diversity visa lottery program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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

S.2573: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for taxpayers who remove lead-based hazards.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2575: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for property owners who remove hazards relating to lead, asbestos, and radon.
Sponsor: Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2571: A bill to provide for the eligibility for airport development grants of airports that enter into certain leases with components of the Armed Forces.
Sponsor: Sen Peters, Gary C. [MI] (introduced 2/24/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.