Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H. Res. 672 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 2666, No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act; H. Res. 671 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 3791, To raise the consolidated assets threshold under the small bank holding company policy statement; and H.R. 3340, Financial Stability Oversight Council Reform Act as well as 5 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act: S. 2512, to expand the tropical disease product priority review voucher program to encourage treatments for Zika virus;
    • Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act: H.R. 2947, amended, to amend title 11 of the United States Code in order to facilitate the resolution of an insolvent financial institution in bankruptcy;
    • Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016: H.R. 4676, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 140; and
    • Global Food Security Act: H.R. 1567, amended, to authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote inclusive, sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, and build resilience among vulnerable populations, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas to 33 nays, Roll No. 139.
  • Recess: The House recessed at 5:40 p.m. and reconvened at 6:31 p.m.
  • Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016: The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass S. 483, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse.

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: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • H. Res. 672 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 2666, No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (One Hour of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Rules Committee)
  • H. Res. 671 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 3791, To raise the consolidated assets threshold under the small bank holding company policy statement; and H.R. 3340, Financial Stability Oversight Council Reform Act (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers/ Rules Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3586 – Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4482 – Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4509 – State and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4549 – Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4403 – Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act: Senate passed S. 2133, to improve Federal agency financial and administrative controls and procedures to assess and mitigate fraud risks, and to improve Federal agencies’ development and use of data analytics for the purpose of identifying, preventing, and responding to fraud, including improper payments, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • McConnell (for Carper/Tillis) Amendment No. 3684, relative to the establishment of financial and administrative controls relating to fraud and improper payments.
  • Measures Considered:
    • America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 636, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • Thune/Nelson Amendment No. 3464, in the nature of a substitute. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Pending:
      • McConnell (for Thune/Nelson) Amendment No. 3679, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Thune Amendment No. 3680 (to Amendment No. 3679), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Thune/Nelson) Amendment No. 3679 (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 Thursday, April 14, 2016.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Thune/Nelson) Amendment No. 3679.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Thune (for Gardner) Amendment No. 3460 (to Amendment No. 3464), to require the FAA Administrator to consider the operational history of a person before authorizing the person to operate certain unmanned aircraft systems, fell when Senate tabled Thune/Nelson Amendment No. 3464 (listed above).
      • Cantwell Amendment No. 3490 (to Amendment No. 3464), to extend protections against physical assault to air carrier customer service representatives, fell when Senate tabled Thune/Nelson Amendment No. 3464 (listed above).
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #55, H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.
  • As a reminder, this evening Senator McConnell offered a new substitute amendment #3679 to H.R.636 and filed cloture on the substitute amendment and the underlying bill. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, April 14.
  • As a result, the filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the new substitute (SA #3679) and underlying bill (H.R.636) is 1:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13. The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments would be one hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked. Amendments going forward need to be filed to the new substitute amendment. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane
  • Amendments pending to H.R.636, FAA Reauthorization:
    • Thune amendment #3679 (substitute)
    • Thune amendment #3680

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
“America’s Insatiable Demand for Drugs”

Bipartisan Policy Center
Pricing, Repricing, Rebates, and Patient Access”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act”

House Financial Services Committee
“Markup of HR 1486, the “Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act of 2015” and HR ____, a bill to repeal title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”

Securities and Exchange Commission
Open Meeting

House Judiciary Committee
Markup of HR 699 — Email Privacy Act

House Ways and Means Committee
“Fundamental Tax Reform Proposals”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Markup of Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act” – Opening Statement

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

S.2778: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the rapid acquisition of directed energy weapons systems by the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4908: To provide rental assistance to low-income tenants of certain multifamily rural housing projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4913: To ensure the sufficient capitalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and prevent any further bailout of such enterprises by the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2783: A bill to provide rental assistance to low-income tenants of certain multifamily rural housing projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4918: To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance for the safe prescribing of opioids for the treatment of acute pain.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4919: To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program, and to promote initiatives that will reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.

PUERTO RICO

H.R.4900: To establish an Oversight Board to assist the Government of Puerto Rico, including instrumentalities, in managing its public finances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Education and the Workforce, 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.

TAX

H.R.4903: To prohibit the use of funds by Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Allen, Rick W. [GA-12] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4907: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans to donor-advised funds.
Sponsor: Rep Holding, George [NC-13] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4912: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4911: To impose criminal penalties for the unsafe operation of unmanned aircraft.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 4/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

 

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