Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 12 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

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Amending the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities: 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 102;
  • EPS Improvement Act of 2016: H.R. 4444, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies;
  • Promoting a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce: H.R. 4583, amended, to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce;
  • Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror Act of 2016: H.R. 4401, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide countering violent extremism training to Department of Homeland Security representatives at State and local fusion centers;
  • 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: H. Res. 148, amended, 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;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “Calling on the Government of Iran to follow through on repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States hostage in our Nation’s history.”
  • FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act: H.R. 1471, amended, to reauthorize the programs and activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;
  • Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act: H.R. 4084, amended, to enable civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions and to expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science;
    Edward ”Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act: S. 1172, amended, to improve the process of presidential transition; and
  • Competitive Service Act: S. 1580, amended, to allow additional appointing authorities to select individuals from competitive service certificates.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2814 – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2347 – Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 136 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1103 USPS Building 1103 in Camp Pendleton, California, as the “Camp Pendleton Medal of Honor Post Office”(Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3735 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the “Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1132 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1048 West Robinhood Drive in Stockton, California, as the “W. Ronald Coale Memorial Post Office Building”(Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2458 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5351 Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero, Louisiana, as the “Lionel R. Collins, Sr. Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Cedric Richmond / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 3082 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5919 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the “Daryle Holloway Post Office Building”(Sponsored by Rep. Cedric Richmond / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 3274 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4567 Rockbridge Road in Pine Lake, Georgia, as the “Francis Manuel Ortega Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 3601 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7715 Post Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, as the “Melvoid J. Benson Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Langevin / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 4046 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 East Oak Street, Glenwood City, Wisconsin, as the Second Lt. Ellen Ainsworth Memorial Post Office (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 11) S. 1596 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2082 Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio, as the “Specialist Joseph W. Riley Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 12) S. 1826 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 West 2nd Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as the Lieutenant Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas Post Office (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 524, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    By a unanimous vote of 89 yeas (Vote No. 27), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016; and that all time during recess or adjournment of the Senate, count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. All time during recess or adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

FERC
Reliability Standard for Transmission System Planned Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events

Senate Finance Committee
“The Multiemployer Pension Plan System: Recent Reforms and Current Challenges”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Pipeline Safety Reauthorization”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Examining the Department of the Interior’s Spending Priorities and the President’s FY2017 Budget Proposal”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Financing and Delivery of Long-Term Care in the U.S.”

House Judiciary Committee
“The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.4650 : Preserving Patient Access to Post-Acute Hospital Care Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] (introduced 2/29/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/29/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2605: A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with an option to provide medical assistance to individuals between the ages of 22 and 64 for inpatient services to treat substance use disorders at certain facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 2/29/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/29/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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