Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider eight bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.

House

 

Friday:

  • No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act: The House passed H.R. 2666, to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet access service, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 152.
    • Point of order sustained against the Yarmuth 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.
    • 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 an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Rejected:
      • Yarmuth amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-490) that sought to clarify that nothing in H.R. 2666 would prevent the FCC from requiring that TV broadcast stations, AM or FM radio broadcast stations, cable operators, direct broadcast satellite service providers, or satellite digital audio radio service providers to upload the public inspection file in a format that is machine-readable, to the extent such station, operator, or provider is required to make material in its public inspection file available on, or upload such material to, an Internet website (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 150); and
      • McNerney amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114-490) that sought to state that nothing in H.R. 2666 shall affect the authority of the Commission to act in the public interest, convenience, and necessity (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 151).
      • H. Res. 672, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2666) was agreed to Wednesday, April 13th.

Today:

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 1638 – Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4618 – To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 121 Spring Street SE in Gainesville, Georgia, as the “Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse” (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 3) H. Con. Res. 119 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4570 – 100 Years of Women in Congress Act (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Agriculture Committee)
    • 5) 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 (Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester / Armed Services Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3866 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1265 Hurffville Road in Deptford Township, New Jersey, as the “First Lieutenant Salvatore S. Corma II Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Norcross / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2928 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 4605 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 615 6th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the “Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building”(Sponsored by Rep. Rod Blum / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 18, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #55, H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.
  • At 5:30pm, the Thune amendment #3680 will be agreed to; the substitute amendment, as amended, will be agreed to; and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.636, FAA. There will then be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a roll call vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
  • Upon disposition of FAA, there will be an immediate roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #96, H.R.2028, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016.
  • Amendments pending to H.R.636, FAA Reauthorization:
    • Thune amendment #3679 (substitute)
    • Thune amendment #3680

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

H.R.4964: 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: Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

ENERGY

H.R.4971: To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a criminal penalty for recklessly damaging or destroying certain pipeline facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and the Judiciary, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.4959: To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the designation of surgical health professional shortage areas.
Sponsor: Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4965: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance medical device communications and ensure device cleanliness.
Sponsor: Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4966: To establish requirements for reusable medical devices relating to cleaning instructions and validation data, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lieu, Ted [CA-33] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

PENSION

H.R.4955: To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to exclude the receipts and disbursements of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from the Federal budget.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Budget; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Budget, 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.

TAX

H.R.4970: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the use of prepaid debit cards in the issuance of tax refunds.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 4/15/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.