Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H. Res. 639 – Authorizing the Speaker to appear as amicus curiae on behalf of the House of Representatives in the matter of United States, et al. v. Texas, et al. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.Res.377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Small Business Broadband Deployment Act: The House passed H.R. 4596, to ensure that small business providers of broadband Internet access service can devote resources to broadband deployment rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements, by a yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 124.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Veasey amendment (Printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-453) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required the FCC to also answer whether a permanent exemption would increase access to services offered by small internet service providers.
    • H. Res. 640, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4596) and (H.R. 3797) was agreed to yesterday, March 15th.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 12:54 p.m. and reconvened at 1:02 p.m.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Monday, March 14th:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 125; 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 126.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • H. Res. 639 – Authorizing the Speaker to appear as amicus curiae on behalf of the House of Representatives in the matter of United States, et al. v. Texas, et al. (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Rules Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act: Senate passed H.R. 1831, to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Burr/Murray) Amendment No. 3456, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. 719, to rename the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, Montana, the Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center, and the bill was then passed.
  • National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 401, designating March 22, 2016, as “National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day”.
  • United States of America v. Chaka Fattah, Sr., et al.: Senate agreed to S. Res. 402, to authorize testimony, documentary production, and representation in United States of America v. Chaka Fattah, Sr., et al.
  • House Messages:
    • National Sea Grant College Program Amendments: 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      By 48 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 37), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion 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).
    • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked 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).
  • Directing Senate Legal Counsel–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 12:45 p.m., on Thursday, March 17, 2016, Senate begin consideration of S. Res. 377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; that there be one hour of debate, equally divided in the usual form; and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on adoption of the resolution, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016, Senate begin consideration of S. 1890, to amend chapter 90 of title 18, United States Code, to provide Federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets; that there be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided in the usual form; and that following the use or yielding back of time, the committee-reported substitute amendment be agreed to, and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, with no intervening action or debate.

Today:

  •  The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 17, 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 until 12:45pm.
  • At 12:45pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #375,S.Res.377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, with one hour of debate equally divided in the usual form. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on adoption of the resolution.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session the Senate reached an agreement that at 5:00pm on Monday, April 4, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #355, S.1890, Defend Trade Secrets Act, with 30 minutes of debate equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the committee-reported substitute amendment will be agreed to and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
  • Thursday, March 17 at approx. 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Adoption of S.Res.377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • Monday, April 4 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Passage of S.1890, Defend Trade Secrets Act, as amended

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“HealthCare.gov: A Review of Operation and Enrollment”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Examining Implementation of Medicare Payment Reforms”

Senate Aging Committee
“Sudden price spikes in decades-old Rx drugs”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.4749: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an oil and gas lease sale for areas off the coast of North Carolina determined by the Secretary to have the most geologically promising hydrocarbon resources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4765: To provide first responders with planning, training, and equipment capabilities for crude oil-by-rail and ethanol-by-rail derailment and incident response, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Herrera Beutler, Jaime [WA-3] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

HEALTH

H.R.4756: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.4762: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to cellular therapies.
Sponsor: Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2689: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to cellular therapies.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2691: A bill to require the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish a pilot program for the adoption and use of certified electronic health records technology.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.2698: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain health arrangements from the excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/16/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.