Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4901 – SOAR Reauthorization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term ”Fiduciary”: The House passed H.J. Res. 88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term ”Fiduciary”, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 176.
    • H. Res. 706, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4901) and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 88) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 174, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 173.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, April 26th:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 175; 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 177.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • H.R. 4901 – SOAR Reauthorization Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

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:
    • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on April 27, 2016, was agreed to.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on April 27, 2016, was agreed to.
    • By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 65), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration rejected the motion to close further debate on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801 (listed above).
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, April 28, 2016, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2016.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the bill, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided between the two managers, or their designees; that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the cloture vote with respect to Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, occur at 5:30 p.m.; and that for the purpose of Rule XXII, the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, be at 3:30 p.m., and the second-degree filing deadline occur under Rule XXII.
  • Pro Forma Sessions–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when Senate adjourns, it convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Monday, May 2, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.; and that when Senate adjourns on Thursday, May 5, 2016, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:
    • Monday, May 2 at 2:00pm;
    • Thursday, May 5 at 11:30am.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.5121: To require the Secretary of Energy to carry out an energy storage research program, loan program, and technical assistance and grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Takano, Mark [CA-41] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 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.

FINANCIL SERVICES

H.R.5108: To authorize the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to penalize persons who fail to maintain nuisance properties.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5112: To amend the Consumer Protection Act of 2010 to grant the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection the authority to regulate certain acts and practices using processes and procedures consistent with and similar to those in place at the Federal Trade Commission, to encourage greater communication amongst regulators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5113: To encourage initiatives for financial products and services that are appropriate and accessible for millions of American small businesses that do not have access to the financial mainstream.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5120: To establish a penalty for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for failure to enforce compliance with the public housing community service and self-sufficiency requirement under law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Appropriations, 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.5088: To prevent abusive billing of ancillary services to the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.5095: To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health of Human Services to award grants to States (or collaborations of States) to establish, expand, or maintain a comprehensive regional, State, or municipal system to provide training, education, consultation, and other resources to prescribers relating to patient pain, substance misuse, and substance abuse disorders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2899: A bill to remove Federal barriers to combating mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus and promote public health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

TAX

S.2869: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve college savings under section 529 programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 4/28/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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