Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to consider HR 4885- IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act and HR 1206 that would prohibit the IRS from hiring new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies. The Senate will resume consideration ofS.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act and IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending Act of 2016–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 687, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1206) to prohibit the hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the Internal Revenue Service has a seriously delinquent tax debt, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4885) to require that user fees collected by the Internal Revenue Service be deposited into the general fund of the Treasury, by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 158, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 157.
  • Imposing 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 Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act–Rule for consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 688, providing for consideration of the bill (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 providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3724) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring any employee of the Internal Revenue Service who was involuntarily separated from service for misconduct, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 156, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 155.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • 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: 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;
    • Prohibiting the use of funds by the 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: H.R. 4903, to prohibit the use of funds by the 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;
    • Service Provider Opportunity Clarification Act: H.R. 4284, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to issue regulations providing examples of a failure to comply in good faith with the requirements of prime contractors with respect to subcontracting plans;
      Small Agriculture Producer Size Standards Improvements Act: H.R. 3714, to amend the Small Business Act to allow the Small Business Administration to establish size standards for small agricultural enterprises using the same process for establishing size standards for small business concerns;
    • Maximizing Small Business Competition Act of 2016: H.R. 4332, to amend the Small Business Act to clarify the duties of procurement center representatives with respect to reviewing solicitations for a contract or task order contract;
    • Unifying Small Business Terminology Act of 2016: H.R. 4325, to amend the Small Business Act to modify the anticipated value of certain contracts reserved exclusively for small business concerns; and
    • Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016: H.R. 4326, to amend the Small Business Act to expand the duties of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Today:

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 4885) that would make IRS spending of the user fees it collects subject to the annual appropriations process and a bill (HR 1206) that would prohibit the IRS from hiring new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies.
  • Bills:
    HR 4885 — IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act
  • HR 1206 — A bill to prohibit the hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the Internal Revenue Service has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act: By 95 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 47), Senate passed of H.R. 636, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2016 through 2017, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Thune Amendment No. 3799, to amend the title.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy Policy Modernization Act–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of S. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Murkowski (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 3276 (to Amendment No. 2953), to strike certain provisions relating to technology demonstration on the distribution system, large-scale geothermal energy, and bio-power initiatives.
      • Murkowski (for Klobuchar) Modified Amendment No. 3302 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify provisions relating to the energy efficiency materials pilot program.
      • Murkowski (for Flake/McCain) Amendment No. 3055 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish a pilot project relating to the Western Area Power Administration.
      • Murkowski (for Flake) Amendment No. 3050 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Secretary of Energy to make available certain information about research grants of the Department of Energy.
      • Murkowski (for Hatch) Amendment No. 3237 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit recommendations to Congress on incorporating Internet-based lease sales for the sale of Federal oil and gas in certain circumstances.
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 3308 (to Amendment No. 2953), to clarify certain provisions relating to the natural gas pipeline authorized in the Denali National Park and Preserve.
      • Murkowski (for Heller/Heinrich) Modified Amendment No. 3286 (to Amendment No. 2953), to promote the development of renewable energy on public land.
      • Murkowski (for Vitter) Amendment No. 3075 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to review the economic impact of a rule on small entities.
      • Murkowski (for Portman) Amendment No. 3168 (to Amendment No. 2953), to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination or ceiling fans using direct current motors from energy conservation standards for external power supplies.
      • Murkowski (for Shaheen) Modified Amendment No. 3292 (to Amendment No. 2953), to reduce barriers to combined heat and power systems and waste heat to power systems.
      • Murkowski (for Heinrich) Amendment No. 3155 (to Amendment No. 2953), to ensure that minority serving-institutions are considered in developing a strategy for the support and development of a skilled energy workforce, and to ensure the Secretary of Energy shall provide direct assistance in carrying out the energy workforce pilot grant program.
      • Murkowski (for Manchin) Amendment No. 3270 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify provisions relating to the coal technology program.
      • Murkowski (for Cantwell) Modified Amendment No. 3313 (to Amendment No. 2953), to express the sense of the Senate on accelerating energy innovation.
      • Murkowski (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 3214 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for improved energy emergency response efforts of the Department of Energy.
      • Murkowski (for Vitter) Amendment No. 3266 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to prepare a report relating to the statutory and regulatory authority of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement relating to the legal procurement of privately owned helicopter fuel, without agreement, from lessees, permit holders, operators of federally leased offshore facilities, or independent third parties.
      • Murkowski (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 3310 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for the correction of a survey of certain land in the State of Alaska.
      • Murkowski (for Heinrich) Amendment No. 3317 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Secretary of Energy to ensure that the costs of general and administrative overhead are not allocated to laboratory directed research and development.
      • Murkowski (for Vitter) Modified Amendment No. 3265 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide additional priorities for an energy workforce pilot grant program.
      • Murkowski (for Kaine/Warner) Amendment No. 3012 (to Amendment No. 2953), to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia.
      • Murkowski (for Alexander/Merkley) Amendment No. 3290 (to Amendment No. 2953), to add a provision relating to secondary use applications of electric vehicle batteries.
      • Murkowski (for Gillibrand/Cassidy) Amendment No. 3004 (to Amendment No. 2953), to allow the use of Federal disaster relief and emergency assistance for energy-efficient products and structures.
      • Murkowski (for Warner/Kaine) Modified Amendment No. 3233 (to Amendment No. 2953), to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land.
      • Murkowski (for Thune) Amendment No. 3239 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish a subcommittee to coordinate and facilitate United States leadership in high-energy physics.
      • Murkowski (for Udall) Amendment No. 3221 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish a voluntary WaterSense program within the Environmental Protection Agency.
      • Murkowski (for Coons) Amendment No. 3203 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for a study of waivers of certain cost-sharing requirements of the Department of Energy.
      • Murkowski (for Portman) Modified Amendment No. 3309 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for activities relating to the centennial of the National Park System.
      • Murkowski (for Flake) Amendment No. 3229 (to Amendment No. 2953), to establish a program to reduce the potential impacts of solar energy facilities on certain species.
      • Murkowski (for Inhofe/Peters) Amendment No. 3251 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify the calculation of fuel economy for gaseous fuel dual fueled automobiles.
      • Murkowski Amendment No. 2963 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a provision relating to bulk-power system reliability impact statements.
    • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 48), Murkowski/Cantwell Modified Amendment No. 3234 (to Amendment No. 2953), to add certain provisions relating to natural resources. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
    • By 66 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 49), Isakson Amendment No. 3202 (to Amendment No. 2953), to improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting used by the Federal Housing Administration by ensuring that energy costs are included in the underwriting process, to reduce the amount of energy consumed by homes, to facilitate the creation of energy efficiency retrofit and construction jobs. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the amendment having achieved 60 affirmative votes, was agreed to.)
    • Murkowski (for Burr) Modified Amendment No. 3175 (to Amendment No. 2953), to ensure that the Secretary of the Interior collaborates fully with State and local authorities and certain nonprofit entities in managing the Corolla Wild Horse population on Federal Land. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
    • Murkowski (for Cassidy/Markey) Amendment No. 2954 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for certain increases in, and limitations on, the drawdown and sales of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
    • Murkowski Amendment No. 2953, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Rejected:
      • By 34 yeas to 63 nays (Vote No. 50), Lankford Amendment No. 3210 (to Amendment No. 2953), to add provisions relating to acquisition of Federal land under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 42 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 51), Boozman Amendment No. 3311 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require a report relating to certain transmission infrastructure projects. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 52), Udall Amendment No. 3312 (to Amendment No. 2953), to require the Secretary of the Treasury to develop a plan for issuance of Clean Energy Victory Bonds. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 33 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 53), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to consideration of Paul Amendment No. 3787 (to Amendment No. 2953), to provide for the establishment of free market enterprise zones in order to help facilitate the creation of new jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, enhanced and renewed educational opportunities, and increased community involvement in bankrupt or economically distressed areas. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 311(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the previously scheduled vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, upon reconsideration, be vitiated.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the time until 10 a.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that at 10 a.m., Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration ofS.2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act, with the time until 10:00am equally divided between the two Managers or their designees.
  • At 10:00am, the Senate will vote on passage of S.2012, as amended.
  • Under the previous order, following disposition of S.2012, as amended, the cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed to H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations, will be withdrawn and the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.2028.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
“Federal Cybersecurity Detection, Response, and Mitigation”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Full Committee Markup of H.R.4937, the ‘Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016’”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
The Pricing of Fetal Tissue

Senate Finance Committee
Full Committee Markup – Taxpayer Legislation

Senate Appropriations Committee
Review of FY 2017 Request for Defense Innovation and Research

House Small Business Committee
“Small Business and the Federal Government: How Cyber-Attacks Threaten Both”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Health Subcommittee Markup – Opioid Legislation

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Current State of Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

S.2814: A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (by request) (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

ENERGY

S.2816: A bill to reauthorize the diesel emissions reduction program.
Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4992: To codify regulations relating to transfers of funds involving Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4993: To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the privacy of information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4995: To prohibit the facilitation of certain financial transactions involving the Government of Iran or Iranian persons and to impose sanctions with respect to the facilitation of those transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.

S.2819: A bill to establish the Council on Healthy Housing and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 4/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/19/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.