Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

House

 

Thursday:

  • Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016: The House passed 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 yea-and-nay vote of 345 yeas to 78 nays, Roll No. 163.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-48 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
    • H. Res. 688, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4890) and (H.R. 3724) was agreed to April 19th.
  • 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: The House passed 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 260 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 162.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-49 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Meehan amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-503) that clarifies that the Act shall be carried out using only funds that are appropriated; and
      • Sanford amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114-503) that requires the Secretary of the Treasury or the Secretary’s delegate to consult with the National Taxpayer Advocate while developing the comprehensive customer service strategy.
    • H. Res. 688, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4890) and (H.R. 3724) was agreed to April 19th.

Today:

  • The House will meet in pro forma session at 11:30 am.

 

Senate

 

Thursday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement : Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 76 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 59), Alexander (for Franken/Heitkamp) Amendment No. 3833 (to Amendment No. 3801), to provide funding for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program.
    • Rejected:
      • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 57), Alexander (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 3811 (to Amendment No. 3801), to prohibit the use of funds relating to a certain definition. (Pursuant to the order of Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the amendment having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 48 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 58), Coats Amendment No. 3814 (to Amendment No. 3801), to limit the use of funds made available for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • Pending:
      • Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Alexander Amendment No. 3804 (to Amendment No. 3801), to modify provisions relating to Nuclear Regulatory Commission fees.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that it be in order to call up Murray Amendment No. 3813; and that at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 25, 2016, Senate vote on or in relation to Murray Amendment No. 3813; that no second-degree amendments be in order prior to the vote; and that there be two minutes equally divided prior to the vote.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that it be in order to call up Merkley Amendment No. 3812; Reid Amendment No. 3805; and Flake Amendment No. 3820; and that at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Senate vote on or in relation to the amendments in the order listed, and with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes, and that there be two minutes equally divided prior to each vote.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4 p.m., on Monday, April 25, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 25, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:00pm.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration ofH.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Under the previous order, at 5:30pm the Senate will vote on Murray amendment #3813 (anchor chains).
  • Monday, April 25 at 5:30pm
    • Murray #3813 (anchor chains)
  • Tuesday, April 26 at 11:00am
    • Merkley SA #3812 (wind energy)
    • Reid SA #3805 (water management)
    • Flake SA #3820 (environmental infrastructure)
  • Pending amendments to H.R.2028, Energy/Water Appropriations:
    • Alexander SA #3801 (substitute)
    • Alexander SA #3804 (Nuclear Regulatory Committee)
    • It is in order for the following amendments to be made pending
    • Murray SA #3813 (anchor chains)
    • Merkley SA #3812 (wind energy)
    • Reid SA #3805 (water management)
    • Flake SA #3820 (environmental infrastructure)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.5026: To direct the President to develop and submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy to combat cybercrime, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

ENERGY

S.2841: A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5019: To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hill, J. French [AR-2] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5023: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to address certain issues related to the extension of consumer credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bonamici, Suzanne [OR-1] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5027: To amend the Federal Reserve Act to adjust the circumstances under which Federal reserve bank stock is callable, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 HEALTH

H.R.5020: To require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress a report on the effects on public health of the increased rate of use of synthetic drugs.
Sponsor: Rep Jeffries, Hakeem S. [NY-8] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5021: To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to follow rulemaking procedures for costly Medicaid subregulatory policies.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Chris [NY-27] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5031: To enhance Federal response and preparedness with respect to Zika virus.
Sponsor: Rep Curbelo, Carlos [FL-26] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Armed Services; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs, 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.2832: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fairness in Medicare hospital payments by establishing a floor for the area wage index applied with respect to certain hospitals.
Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2843: A bill to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to address the Zika crisis.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

TAX

H.R.5038: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for economic recovery in the territories.
Sponsor: Rep Plaskett, Stacey E. [VI] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5039: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for economic recovery in the possessions of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Plaskett, Stacey E. [VI] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5040: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase for 2 years the residential energy credit and the investment tax credit with respect to solar property with a nameplate capacity of less than 20 kilowatts.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

S.2844: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 4/21/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 114-243
Latest Major Action: 4/21/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 433.

 

 

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