Today’s Daily Update

The House agreed to 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 is in recess until April 4.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • 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., No. 15-674: The House agreed to 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., No. 15-674, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 129.
    • H. Res. 649, the rule providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 639) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 128, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 127.
  • Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1831, to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Airport and Airway Extension Act: Senate passed 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 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Thune) Amendment No. 3457, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Directing Senate Legal Counsel: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 38), Senate agreed to S. Res. 377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act: Senate passed S. 483, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • South Texas Bridge: Senate passed S. 2143, to provide for the authority for the successors and assigns of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas.
  • Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act: Senate passed S. 2512, to expand the tropical disease product priority review voucher program to encourage treatments for Zika virus, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    Authorizing Use of Emancipation Hall: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 111, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.
  • Congratulating the University of Wyoming Men’s Nordic Ski Team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 407, congratulating the University of Wyoming men’s Nordic ski team for winning the 38th annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championship.
  • CDH Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 408, designating April 2016 as “National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month”.
  • National Women’s History Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 409, recognizing March 2016 as “National Women’s History Month”.
  • Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 34, providing for an adjournment of the House of Representatives.
  • Authority for Committees–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the Senate’s adjournment, committees be authorized to report legislative and executive matters on Monday, March 28, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the upcoming adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President pro tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
  • Pro Forma Sessions–Agreement : A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate adjourn, to then convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 11 a.m.; Monday, March 28, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.; and Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.; and that when Senate adjourns on Thursday, March 31, 2016, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 4, 2016.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Janine Anne Davidson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Navy.
    • Todd A. Weiler, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Today:

  •  The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:
    • Monday, March, 21 at 10:00am;
    • Thursday, March 24 at 11:00am;
    • Monday, March 28 at 11:30am; and
    • Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4781: To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to make certain functions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation subject to appropriations.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4792: To update the oil and gas and mining industry guides of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2716: A bill to update the oil and gas and mining industry guides of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2720: A bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend certain regulations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2722: A bill to amend the Home Owners’ Loan Act to allow Federal savings associations to elect to operate as national banks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2725: A bill to impose sanctions with respect to the ballistic missile program of Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4771: To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

H.R.4778 : To direct the Comptroller General to submit to Congress a report on medical items and services being offered in the facilities of recipients of assistance under title X of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300 et seq.) or of their affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4784: To increase competition in the pharmaceutical industry.
Sponsor: Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4801: To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, and title XVIII of the Social Security Act, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct audits of medical loss ratio reports submitted by health insurance issuers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 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.4802: To require consideration of the impact on beneficiary access to care and to enhance due process protections in procedures for suspending payments to Medicaid providers.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4805: To amend the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to provide that information held by health care clearinghouses is subject to privacy protections that are equivalent to the protections that apply to information held by other types of covered entities under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 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.4807: To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance, regardless of date of such expansion, for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals.
Sponsor: Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2701: A bill to require consideration of the impact on beneficiary access to care and to enhance due process protections in procedures for suspending payments to Medicaid providers.
Sponsor: Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2713: A bill to provide for the implementation of a Precision Medicine Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2736: A bill to improve access to durable medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2737: A bill to improve medical device innovation.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.2703: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow rollovers between 529 programs and ABLE accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2734: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion of gain or loss from the sale or exchange of certain brownfield sites from unrelated business taxable income, and to extend expensing of environmental remediation costs.
Sponsor: Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] (introduced 3/17/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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