Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4596 – Small Business Broadband Deployment Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the message to accompany S.764, the legislative vehicle for the GMO labeling bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Monday, March 15th:
    • 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 116; and
    • 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 117.
  • SENSE Act: The House passed H.R. 3797, to establish the bases by which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue, implement, and enforce certain emission limitations and allocations for existing electric utility steam generating units that convert coal refuse into energy, by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 123.
    • Rejected the Adams motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 122.
    • Rejected:
      • Peters amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-453) that sought to require the EPA to provide notice to communities about the anticipated effects of this Act on air quality not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act;
      • Pallone amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-453) that sought to strike the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule portion of the bill (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 118);
      • Pallone amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-453) that sought to give the Governor of a State the ability to opt-out of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule portion of the bill if the Governor determines that implementing that provision would increase the overall cost of complying with EPA’s rule (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 119);
      • Bera amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-453) that sought to require a GAO report on the increase in sulfur dioxide and other air pollution emissions that result from this Act and the effect of such emissions on public health (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 120); and
      • Veasey amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-453) that sought to ensure public health is taken into account by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency before law goes into effect (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 121).
    • H. Res. 640, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4596) and (H.R. 3797) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 115, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 114.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, 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: 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 4596 – Small Business Broadband Deployment Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Marc Veasey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
  • 1) H.R. 4416 – To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 2) H.R. 4434 – To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Gibson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • FOIA Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 337, to improve the Freedom of Information Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
  • Cornyn/Leahy Amendment No. 3452, in the nature of a substitute.
  • National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 400, designating March 25, 2016, as ”National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”.
  • House Messages:
    • National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act–Agreement: Senate continued 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the House message to accompany the bill at approximately 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, March 16, 2016; that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the cloture vote on the 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), occur at 11:45 a.m.; and that the time following Leader remarks until 11:45 a.m., be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.

Today:

  •  The Senate stands adjourned until 10:15am on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the message to accompany S.764, the legislative vehicle for the GMO labeling bill.
  • The time following leader remarks until 11:45am will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion 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).
  • The filing deadline for second degree amendments to the substitute is 10:45am tomorrow, Wednesday. All second degree amendments to the substitute must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture. If your senator has an amendment, please send a signed copy to the cloakroom prior to the deadline so that we may file it at the desk for you. If you have already filed there is no need to re-file.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Atlantic
“Resistance: The Antibiotics Challenge”

House Appropriations Committee
“Budget for the National Institute of Health”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
“FAA and FCC Reauthorization Markup”

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
“Full committee markup – Health Legislation”

House Appropriations Committee
“Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Preserving and Strengthening Medicare”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“2016 Water Resources Development Act – Policies and Projects”

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2017 Federal Emergency Management Agency Budget

House Financial Services Committee
“The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”

House Appropriations Committee
Draft Bill — Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Disputer Series: Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology”

House Armed Services Committee
“FY2017 Budget Request for U.S. Cyber Command: Preparing for Operations in the Cyber Domain”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“DHS Management and Acquisition Reform”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“VA Cybersecurity and IT Oversight”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Examining the Renewable Fuel Standard”

Senate Appropriations Committee
FY 2017 Department of Transportation Appropriations

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorization

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4740 : To direct the Attorney General to make grants to States and units of local government for the prevention, enforcement, and prosecution of cybercrimes against individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4743 : To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Castro, Joaquin [TX-20] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2682 : A bill to provide territories of the United States with bankruptcy protection.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 HEALTH

S.2678 : A bill to direct the NIH to intensify and coordinate fundamental, translational, and clinical research with respect to the understanding of pain, the discovery and development of therapies for chronic pain, and the development of alternatives to opioids for effective pain treatments.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2680 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide comprehensive mental health reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2684 : A bill to provide for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems by owners and operators of critical infrastructure.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 3/15/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

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