Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3724 – Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015 and 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. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 687. H.R. 4885 — “To require that user fees collected by the Internal Revenue Service be deposited into the general fund of the Treasury.”
  • Postponed Proceedings – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 4885, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the yeas had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 687. 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.”
  • Debate – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to insert a special rule of applicability which shall not apply for any year if the Federal tax delinquency rate for either chamber of Congress is greater than the Federal delinquency tax rate for the Dept. of Treasury, as published by the IRS in its Federal Employee/Retiree Delinquency Initiative (FERDI) for the prior year.
  • Postponed Proceedings – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1206, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceeding on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.
  • Considered as unfinished business. 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.”
  • On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 177 – 245(Roll no. 159).
  • On passage Passed by recorded vote: 254 – 170 (Roll no. 160).
  • Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4885 — “To require that user fees collected by the Internal Revenue Service be deposited into the general fund of the Treasury.”
  • On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 179 (Roll no. 161).

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 3724 – Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)
  • 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, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan / Ways and Means Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Kevin Brady Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mark Sanford Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Roll Call Votes
  • Passage of 2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act, as amended; passed: 85-12.
    • Schatz amendment #3802; agreed to: 70-26.
    • Ernst amendment #3803; not agreed to: 25-71.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed by voice vote Calendar #393, S.1252 – Global Food Security Act of 2015, with Casey and committee-reported amendments.
    • Adopted S.Res.433, National Lineman Appreciation Day.
    • Adopted S.Res.434, designating April 2016, as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month”.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of BusinessH.R.2666 – No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.
  • Executive Business
    • Confirmed Executive Calendar #495, to be Lieutenant General – Major General Todd T. Semonite.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00am. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
  • At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on Hoeven amendment #3811, with a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption. Additional roll call votes are possible during Thursday’s session.
  • Pending amendments to H.R.2028, Energy/Water Appropriations:
    • Alexander SA #3801 (substitute)
    • Alexander SA #3804 (Nuclear Regulatory Committee)
    • Hoeven SA #3811 (clean water/WOTUS)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Education and the Workforce
DOL Fiduciary Rule

House Financial Services Committee
“Continued Oversight of the SEC’s Offices and Divisions”

Senate Appropriations Committee
Full Committee Markup – FY 2017 CJS, T-HUD

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5010 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require the inclusion of credit scores with free annual credit reports provided to consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4997 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5009 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.5001 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To continue the use of a 3-month quarter EHR reporting period for health care providers to demonstrate meaningful use for 2016 under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to House Ways and Mean

H.R.3694 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
STOP Organ Trafficking Act
Sponsor: Rep. Trott, David A. [R-MI-11] (Introduced 10/06/2015)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.

S.2822 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to continue the use of a 3-month quarter EHR reporting period for health care providers to demonstrate meaningful use for 2016 under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs…
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.5015 – To restore amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from severance payments to individuals who retired or separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Armed Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.5007 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt private foundations from the tax on excess business holdings in the case of certain philanthropic enterprises which are independently supervised…
Sponsor: Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5002 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the section 45 credit for refined coal from steel industry fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4996 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to return the estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer tax to 2009 levels.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2823 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the section 45 credit for refined coal from steel industry fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 04/20/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 04/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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