Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 9 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.

House

 

Friday:

  • SHARE Act: The House passed H.R. 2406, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 161 noes, Roll No. 101. Consideration began yesterday, February 25th.
    • Rejected the Lawrence motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 165 yeas to 238 nays, Roll No. 100.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Wittman amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that deletes Title XII which has been enacted into law already, removes outdated year references in short titles, makes expenditures under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act subject to appropriation, and adds the text of H.R. 3279, as passed by the House, as a new title XVII;
      • Costa amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114-429), as modified, that adds the Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration or a designated representative to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee’s membership;
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that adds a specification that closures of hunter access corridors shall be clearly marked with signs and dates of closures, but shall not include barriers on the corridor;
      • Meng amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that permits more than one U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Officer to be placed in a U.S. diplomatic or consular post in an African country with a significant population of African elephants in order to assist local wildlife rangers in the protection of such elephants;
      • Huffman amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that requires GAO to conduct a study examining the effect of a ban of the trade of fossilized ivory from mammoths and mastodons on the illegal importation and trade of African and Asian elephant ivory within the United States;
      • Newhouse amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that requires the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service to publish a notice in the Federal Register, with a justification, for the closure of any public road on Forest System lands;
      • Fleming amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that requires the Forest Administrator to amend the travel plan for the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana to allow Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) access on roads nominated by the Secretary of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, except when such designation would pose an unacceptable safety risk; if a road is denied, the Forest Administrator must publish a notice in the Federal Register with a justification for the closure;
      • Hardy amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that adds the text of H.R. 373, the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, to the end of the bill; expedites access to federal lands for volunteer search and rescue groups to assist in recovering the remains of a deceased individual believed to be located on federal lands;
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that prohibits USDA and NFS from issuing restrictions and regulations on hunting and recreational fishing in the Mark Twain National Forest (by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 95);
      • Griffith amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that allows a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm or ammunition to transport a firearm or ammunition for any lawful purpose from any place where the person may lawfully possess, carry, or transport the firearm or ammunition to any other such place if, during the transportation, the firearm is unloaded (by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 96);
      • Ribble amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that reissues the 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming from the Endangered Species Act (by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 97); and
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that prohibits the Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing a final rule that preempts state management authority which is protected by law in Alaska; withdraws a final rule issued by the National Park Service of the same issue (by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 169 noes, Roll No. 98).
    • Rejected:
      • Beyer amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that sought to prohibit an individual who is prohibited from possessing a firearm by the Gun Control Act from using a public target range (by a recorded vote of 161 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 92);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that sought to strike Title III, exemption to import polar bear trophies taken in sport (by a recorded vote of 159 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 93);
      • Beyer amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that sought to strike language that requires state approval of federal fishing regulations in waters under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (by a recorded vote of 169 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 94); and
      • Huffman amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that sought to designate the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness and a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 99).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 114-429) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have authorized the Department of Interior, after public comment and if approved unanimously by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, to raise the price of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (”Duck Stamp”) by the rate of inflation, in order to preserve waterfowl habitat.
    • Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
    • H. Res. 619, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2406) was agreed to yesterday, February 25th.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4238 – To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4444 – EPS Improvement Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Renee Ellmers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4583 – To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4401 – Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H. Res. 148 – Calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in this case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation’s history, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1471 – FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 4084 – Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 8) S. 1172 – Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) S. 1580 – Competitive Service Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 29, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided between the two managers or their designees.
  • At 5:30pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.524.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4638: To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for the creation of venture exchanges to promote liquidity of venture securities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 2/26/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4647: To establish regulatory relief for certain financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] (introduced 2/26/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4641: To provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brooks, Susan W. [IN-5] (introduced 2/26/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

PUERTO RICO

H.R.4637: To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to permit the Government of Puerto Rico to opt out of the applicable Federal minimum wage under such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Sanford, Mark [SC-1] (introduced 2/26/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

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