Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4498 – HALOS Act and 4 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act: H.R. 4096, to amend the Volcker Rule to permit certain investment advisers to share a similar name with a private equity fund, subject to certain restrictions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 165;
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016: H.R. 223, amended, to authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative;
  • Amending the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program: S. 1523, amended, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program;
  • Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2016: H.R. 1684, amended, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units;
  • Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act of 2016: H.R. 4820, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to use the testimonials of former or estranged violent extremists or their associates in order to counter terrorist recruitment, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 322 yeas to 79 nays, Roll No. 164;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to use the testimonials of former violent extremists or their associates in order to counter terrorist recruitment, and for other purposes.”.
  • Securing Aviation from Foreign Entry Points and Guarding Airports Through Enhanced Security Act of 2016: H.R. 4698, amended, to enhance aviation by requiring airport security assessments and a security coordination enhancement plan;
  • PREPARE Act: H.R. 3583, amended, to reform and improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Emergency Communications, and the Office of Health Affairs of the Department of Homeland Security;
  • National Bison Legacy Act: H.R. 2908, amended, to adopt the bison as the national mammal of the United States;
  • Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act: H.R. 2615, amended, to establish the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission;
  • Administrative Leave Reform Act: H.R. 4359, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that Federal employees may not be placed on administrative leave for more than 14 days during any year for misconduct or poor performance;
  • Official Personnel File Enhancement Act: H.R. 4360, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that a Federal employee who leaves Government service while under personnel investigation shall have a notation of any adverse findings under such investigation placed in such employee’s official personnel file; and
  • Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1493, to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural or other disasters.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Directing the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports: H.R. 5019, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports; and
  • Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act: H.R. 2901, amended, to amend the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 to require that certain buildings and personal property be covered by flood insurance.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4923 – American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4240 – No Fly for Foreign Fighters Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 699 – Email Privacy Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) S. 1890 – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 4498 – HALOS Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
      • Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • 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 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 61), Merkley/Grassley Amendment No. 3812 (to Amendment No. 3801), to provide for funding for wind energy.
      • By 73 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 62), Heller (for Reid/Heller) Amendment No. 3805 (to Amendment No. 3801), to make funding for water management improvement subject to a condition.
    • Rejected:
      • By 12 yeas to 84 nays (Vote No. 63), Flake Amendment No. 3820 (to Amendment No. 3801), to withhold certain funds for the construction of environmental infrastructure.
    • 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 for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided between the two managers, or their designees; and that the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to both Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801 (listed above), and to the bill, be at 10:30 a.m.
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of H.R. 2028, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill, with the time until 11:00am equally divided.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment to H.R.2028.
  • The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments to both the substitute and underlying bill is 10:30am.
  • Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00am – 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on amendment #3801 (substitute) to H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Natural Resources Committee
“Bureau of Land Management’s Regulatory Overreach into Methane Emissions Regulation”

House Energy and Commerce
Full Committee Markup – Health, Energy, Tech Legislation

House Financial Services Committee
“How Can the U.S. Make Development Banks More Accountable?”

House Armed Services Committee
“Markup – National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017”

SEC
Open Meeting

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Counterfeits and Their Impact on Consumer Health and Safety”

Senate Special Aging Committee
“Valcant Pharmaceuticals’ Business Model: the Repercussions for Patients and the Health Care System”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.5050: To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

FINANCIL SERVICES

H.R.5058: To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require certain consumer reporting agencies to include a credit score when providing consumers with a free annual consumer report.
Sponsor: Rep Beatty, Joyce [OH-3] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5069: To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to protect investors by expanding the mandated internal controls reports and disclosures to include cybersecurity systems and risks of publicly traded companies.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5052: To direct the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of grant programs that provide grants for the primary purpose of providing assistance in addressing problems pertaining to opioid abuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCarthy, Kevin [CA-23] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 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.5068: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sponsor: Rep Long, Billy [MO-7] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.5053: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from requiring that the identity of contributors to 501(c) organizations be included in annual returns.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 4/26/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.