Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider ten bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 2755 – Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / House Administration Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4063 – Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4957 – To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Andre Carson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4985 – Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 5) S. 32 – Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 5048 – Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Frank Guinta / Judiciary Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5052 – OPEN Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Judiciary Committee)
    • 8) S. 125 – Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy / Judiciary Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2137 – Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 3209 – Recovering Missing Children Act (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • RESPONSE Act: Senate passed S. 546, to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Enzi (for Heitkamp) Amendment No. 3889, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Amending the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976: Senate passed H.R. 4238, to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities.
  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act—Agreement: Senate resumed 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:
    • Withdrawn:
      • Alexander Amendment No. 3804 (to Amendment No. 3801), to modify provisions relating to Nuclear Regulatory Commission fees.
    • Pending:
      • Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, May 11, 2015.
    • 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, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801) (listed above).
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 50 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 66), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801.
      • Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016; that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments, under rule XXII, to Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, be at 2:30 p.m.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.457 andS.Res.458 until 2:15pm on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations.
  • As a reminder, this evening Senator McConnell filed cloture on Cotton amendment (heavy water) and on the substitute amendment #3801.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, that cloture vote is expected 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, May 11. The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments to the Cotton amendment is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked.
  • The filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the substitute amendment #3801 is 2:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10. The filing deadline for 2nddegree amendments to the substitute is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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“News Conference to Discuss ‘Right to Try’ Legislation”

Senate Armed Services – Personnel Subcommittee
Defense Authorization Act markup

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2905: A bill to require the President to develop a policy for determining when an action carried out in cyberspace constitutes an act of war against the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rounds, Mike [SD] (introduced 5/9/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

ENERGY

S.2902: A bill to provide for long-term water supplies, optimal use of existing water supply infrastructure, and protection of existing water rights.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 5/9/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.