Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3797 – SENSE Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the message to accompany S.764.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Fair RATES Act: H.R. 2984, to amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review;
    • Energy Efficient Government Technology Act: H.R. 1268, amended, to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies;
    • Amending section 203 of the Federal Power Act: H.R. 4427, amended, to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act;
    • Reinstating and extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam: H.R. 2080, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam;
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project: H.R. 4411, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project;
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project: H.R. 4412, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project;
    • Expressing the sense of the Congress condemning the gross violations of international law amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Government of Syria, its allies, and other parties to the conflict in Syria, and asking the President to direct his Ambassador at the United Nations to promote the establishment of a war crimes tribunal where these crimes could be addressed: H. Con. Res. 121, amended, expressing the sense of the Congress condemning the gross violations of international law amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Government of Syria, its allies, and other parties to the conflict in Syria, and asking the President to direct his Ambassador at the United Nations to promote the establishment of a war crimes tribunal where these crimes could be addressed, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 113;
    • Expressing the sense of Congress that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing ”war crimes”, ”crimes against humanity”, and “genocide”: H. Con. Res. 75, amended, expressing the sense of Congress that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity”, and “genocide”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 112;
    • Amend the title so as to read: “Expressing the sense of Congress that the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.”
    • Directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization: S. 2426, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 111; and
    • Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016: H.R. 4721, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
    • Recess: The House recessed at 5:22 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam: H.R. 2081, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam;
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project: H.R. 3447, amended, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project;
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project: H.R. 4416, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project; and
    • Extending the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project: H.R. 4434, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
  • H.R. 3797 – SENSE Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Energy and Committee Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • House Messages:
  • National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act: Senate began consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, taking action on the following motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with McConnell (for Roberts) Amendment No. 3450 (to the House amendment to the bill), in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with McConnell (for Roberts) Amendment No. 3450 (to the House amendment to the bill) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the House message to accompany the bill at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 49 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. EX. 36), John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the message to accompany S.764.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment (Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015) to S.764 (National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015), with an amendment, which is McConnell for Roberts amendment #3450 (GMO labeling). Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur with amendment. He then moved to refer S.764 to the Commerce Committee.
  • The cloture vote on the motion to concur would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 16, unless an agreement can be reached. The filing deadline for second degree amendments to amendment #3450 is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services”

House Judiciary Committee
“Executive Overreach in Domestic Affairs Part I – Health Care and Immigration”

Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
Pending Nominations

House Appropriations Committee
Fiscal 2017 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations

The Office of Representative Juan Vargas (D-CA)
“How Financial Engineering Can Cure Rare Diseases”

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2017 Transportation-HUD Appropriations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4737: To protect State and Tribal sovereignty from unwarranted infringement by an independent agency of the Federal government by requiring the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to justify certain proposals to preempt State and Tribal law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] (introduced 3/14/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2675: A bill to provide for the adjustment of the debts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/14/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2676: A bill to provide for the adjustment of the debts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/14/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

HEALTH

H.R.4732 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations.
Sponsor: Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] (introduced 3/14/2016) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

S.2671 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 3/14/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.