Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider two resolutions to provide for consideration of H.R. 1206, H.R. 4885, H.R. 4890, and H.R. 3724 all related to the IRS. In addition the House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.636, FAA Reauthorization.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act: S. 1638, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress information on the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital Region;
  • Designating 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”: 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”;
  • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby: H. Con. Res. 119, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby;
  • 100 Years of Women in Congress Act: H.R. 4570, to amend the Department of Agriculture program for research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to redesignate the program as the ”Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 6 nays with 2 answering ”present”, Roll No. 153;
  • Renaming the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, Montana, the Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center: 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay of 387 yeas with none voting ”nay” and 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 154;
  • Designating 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”: 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”;
  • Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the ”Harold George Bennett Post Office”: 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”; and
  • Designating 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”: 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”.
  • Congressional Award Board–Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she appointed the following Member to the Congressional Award Board: Representative Dingell.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, 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. 687 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 1206, No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act; and H.R. 4885, IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act of 2016 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Rules Committee)
  • H. Res. 688 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 4890, To impose a ban on the payment of bonuses to employees of the Internal Revenue Service until the Secretary of the Treasury develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy; and H.R. 3724, Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015 (One Hour of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Rules Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H. Res. 673 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Internal Revenue Service should provide printed copies of Internal Revenue Service Publication 17 to taxpayers in the United States free of charge (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Grothman / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) 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 (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Allen / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4284 – Service Provider Opportunity Clarification Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Small Business Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3714 – Small Agriculture Producer Size Standards Improvements Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Small Business Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4332 – Maximizing Small Business Competition Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Trent Kelly / Small Business Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 4325 – Unifying Small Business Terminology Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velazquez / Small Business Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 4326 – Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams / Small Business Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act–Agreement:
    • Senate resumed 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:
    • Adopted:
      • Thune Amendment No. 3680 (to Amendment No. 3679), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell (for Thune/Nelson) Amendment No. 3679, in the nature of a substitute.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 89 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 46), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
  • Appointments:
  • Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 114-140, the appointment of the following individuals to serve as members of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission: Robert Groves of the District of Columbia (data privacy), Jeffrey Liebman of Massachusetts (researcher), and Kim Wallin of Nevada (experienced program administrator).
  • FAA Reauthorization/Energy Policy Modernization/Energy and Water Development Appropriations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 12 noon, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Senate vote on passage of H.R. 636, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, as amended; that following disposition of H.R. 636, as amended, Senate resume consideration of S. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, as under the previous order of April 13, 2016; and that following disposition of S. 2012, as amended, if amended, but not prior to Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, be withdrawn, and Senate begin consideration of H.R. 2028.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 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, FAA Reauthorization, as amended, post cloture.
  • At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on passage of H.R.636, as amended.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Upon disposition of FAA, the Senate will execute the below agreement onS.2012, Energy Policy Modernization:
    • That the following amendments be called up and voice voted en bloc:
      • #3276 Cantwell (Striking Certain Provisions)
      • #3302 Klobuchar, as modified (Modifying a Provision)
      • #3055 Flake (WAPA Pilot Project)
      • #3050 Flake (DOE Grants Information)
      • #3237 Hatch (Internet Auctions)
      • #3308 Murkowski (Denali & Gasoline)
      • #3286 Heller, as modified (PLREDA)
      • #3075 Vitter (Well Control Small Business)
      • #3168 Portman/Shaheen (EPS)
      • #3292 Shaheen, as modified (Waste Heat and CHP)
      • #3155 Heinrich (Minority-Serving Institutions)
      • #3270 Manchin (Carbon Sequestration Program)
      • #3313 Cantwell, as modified (SOS Accelerating Energy Innovation)
      • #3214 Cantwell (DOE Emergency Response)
      • #3266 Vitter (Helicopter Fuel)
      • #3310 Sullivan (Survey Correction Swan Lake)
      • #3317 Heinrich (Lab-Directed R&D Cost Allocation)
      • #3265 Vitter, as modified (Maritime Workforce)
      • #3012 Kaine (Rockingham County)
      • #3290 Alexander/Merkley (Batteries)
      • #3004 Gillibrand/Cassidy (Disaster Relief Efficient Appliances)
      • #3233 Warner, as modified (Administrative Exchange for GW Parkway)
      • #3239 Thune (High-Energy Physics Subcommittee)
      • #3221 Udall/Portman (Water Sense)
      • #3203 Coons (Study Cost-Share Waivers)
      • #3309 Portman, as modified (NPS Centennial)
      • #3229 Flake (Solar Avian Impact Study)
      • #3251 Inhofe (Natural Gas Vehicles)
      • #2963 Murkowski RIS Fix (currently pending)
    • There will be 2 hours of debate, equally divided, on the following amendments concurrently, that no further amendments be in order, and that following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate vote on the following amendments in the order listed with a 60-vote threshold for adoption for each of amendment:
      • #3234 Murkowski/Cantwell, as modified (Resources Title)
      • #3202 Isakson/Bennet (SAVE Act)
      • #3175 Burr (Corolla Wild Horses)
      • #3210 Lankford (Maintenance Backlog Limit on LWCF Spending)
      • #3311 Boozman (Clean Line Study)
      • #3312 Udall (Clean Energy Victory Bonds)
      • #3787 Paul (Economic Freedom Zones)
      • #2954 Cassidy-Markey (Maximize SPR Sale Revenue)
      • That following the disposition of Cassidy-Markey amendment #2954, the substitute amendment #2953, as amended, will be agreed to; that the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture, upon reconsideration, on S.2012, as amended; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back; the bill be read a third time and the Senate vote on passage of S.2012, as amended. Finally, that budget points of order not be barred by virtue of this agreement.
  • At a time to be determined—10 roll call votes expected:
    • #3234 Murkowski/Cantwell, as modified (Resources Title)
    • #3202 Isakson/Bennet (SAVE Act)
    • #3175 Burr (Corolla Wild Horses)
    • #3210 Lankford (Maintenance Backlog Limit on LWCF Spending)
    • #3311 Boozman (Clean Line Study)
    • #3312 Udall (Clean Energy Victory Bonds)
    • #3787 Paul (Economic Freedom Zones)
    • #2954 Cassidy-Markey (Maximize SPR Sale Revenue)
    • Motion to invoke cloture, upon reconsideration, on S.2012, as amended
    • Passage of S.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act, as amended.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“Preventing Cultural Genocide: Countering the Plunder and Sale of Priceless Cultural Antiquities by ISIS”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Examining Physician Efforts to Prepare for Medicare Payment Reforms”

House Appropriations Committee
Full Committee Markup – FY 2017 Agriculture Bill, Energy and Water Bill, and Revised Report on the Interim Sub-allocation of Budget Allocations

House Homeland Security Committee
“Pipelines: Securing the Veins of the American Economy”

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
“DATA Act: Monitoring Implementation Progress”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

S.2806: An original bill making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 4/18/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 114-237
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 424.

ENERGY

H.R.4979: To foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies.
Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] (introduced 4/18/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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.4976 : To require the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to seek recommendations from an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration before approval of certain new drugs that are opioids without abuse-deterrent properties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] (introduced 4/18/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4981: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve access to opioid use disorder treatment.
Sponsor: Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] (introduced 4/18/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

H.R.4982: To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 4/18/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/18/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.