Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete Consideration of H.R. 2745 – SMARTER Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 653, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2745) to amend the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide that the Federal Trade Commission shall exercise authority with respect to mergers only under the Clayton Act and only in the same procedural manner as the Attorney General exercises such authority, and providing for proceedings during the period from March 24, 2016, through April 11, 2016, by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 154 noes, Roll No. 132, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 131.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act: H.R. 4742, to authorize the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 133;
    • Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act: H.R. 4755, to inspire women to enter the aerospace field, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, through mentorship and outreach, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote 380 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 134;
    • Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2016: H.R. 482, amended, to redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary;
    • Facilitating the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park: H.R. 2857, amended, to facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park;
    • Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2016: H.R. 4119, amended, to authorize the exchange of certain land located in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Jackson County, Mississippi, between the National Park Service and the Veterans of Foreign Wars;
    • Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act: H.R. 4472, amended, to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to adopt a centralized electronic system to help expedite the placement of children in foster care or guardianship, or for adoption, across State lines, and to provide grants to aid States in developing such a system; and
    • Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act: H.R. 4336, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the burial of the cremated remains of persons who served as Women’s Air Forces Service Pilots in Arlington National Cemetery, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 135.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the burial in Arlington National Cemetery of the cremated remains of certain persons whose service has been determined to be active service.”

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H. Res. 658 – Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016, which murdered more than 30 innocent people, and severely wounded many more.(Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 2745 – SMARTER Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Examining the Bureau of Land Management Public Lands Leasing”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“Examining EPA’s Regional Haze Program: Regulations Without Visible Benefits”

House Appropriations Committee
“Hearing on the Budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI); and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
“Conversation on Child Cures”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.4827: To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to review regulations for municipal solid waste landfills to determine if such regulations are, with the respect to the disposal of coal combustion residuals in such landfills, protective of health and the environment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4834: To authorize United States participation in a general capital increase for the North American Development Bank.
Sponsor: Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4836: To require the United States to oppose the provision by the International Monetary Fund of a loan to a country whose public debt is not likely to be sustainable in the medium term, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

TAX

H.R.4831: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make an exception to the 100 shareholder S corporation limitation in the case of shareholders whose shares were acquired through certain crowd-funding or small public offerings.
Sponsor: Rep Hill, J. French [AR-2] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4832: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain health arrangements from the excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4838: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow the issuance of tax-exempt bonds any proceeds of which are used to provide professional entertainment facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Russell, Steve [OK-5] (introduced 3/22/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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