Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 4909 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 2577 — Fiscal 2017 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Expected Vehicle.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Directing the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska: S. 1492, to direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska;
  • Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act of 2016: H.R. 3832, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent tax-related identity theft and tax fraud;
  • Reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations: H. Con. Res. 88, amended, reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “Reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as cornerstones of United States-Taiwan relations.”
  • Providing for the authority for the successors and assigns of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas: S. 2143, to provide for the authority for the successors and assigns of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas;
  • Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act: H.R. 1150, amended, to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide;
  • Amending certain appropriation Acts to repeal the requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York: H.R. 1887, amended, to amend certain appropriation Acts to repeal the requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To authorize the Comptroller General of the United States to assess a study on the alternatives for the disposition of Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and for other purposes.”
  • National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2016: H.R. 4743, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 194;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes.”
  • Department of Homeland Security Strategy for International Programs Act: H.R. 4780, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive strategy for Department of Homeland Security operations abroad; and
  • Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2016: H.R. 4407, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security a board to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 195.

Today:

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Agriculture Committee)
  • Postponed Vote on Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 4909 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. Further amendments will be considered pursuant to an additional Rule later this week.
    • 61 amendments are associated with this Rule.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate resumed 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Collins (for Heitkamp) Amendment No. 3903 (to Amendment No. 3896), to require a report on the economic and infrastructure effects on airports of collegiate aviation flight training operations.
      • Collins (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 3909 (to Amendment No. 3896), to allow Indian tribes to use certain funds to construct housing for certain skilled workers.
      • Collins (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 3917 (to Amendment No. 3896), to prohibit the use of funds for the Continuum of Care program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development unless the program allows for zero-tolerance recovery housing.
      • Collins (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 3919 (to Amendment No. 3896), to provide for safety improvements on transit systems.
      • Collins (for Feinstein/Portman) Amendment No. 3922 (to Amendment No. 3896), to allow jurisdictions to maintain access to certain funds deposited in their HOME Investment Trust Fund that would otherwise expire.
      • Collins (for Franken/Tillis) Modified Amendment No. 3921 (to Amendment No. 3896), to require the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness to submit a report on improving health and housing outcomes for chronically homeless individuals, individuals with behavioral health conditions, and children.
    • Pending:
      • Collins Amendment No. 3896, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Lee) Amendment No. 3897 (to Amendment No. 3896), to prohibit the use of funds to carry out a rule and notice of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
      • McConnell (for Nelson/Rubio) Amendment No. 3898 (to Amendment No. 3896), making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 to respond to Zika virus.
      • McConnell (for Cornyn) Modified Amendment No. 3899 (to Amendment No. 3896), making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
      • McConnell (for Blunt) Modified Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896), Zika response and preparedness.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, with the time until 12:30 p.m., and from 2:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., equally divided between the managers, or their designees; and that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, Senate vote on the motions to invoke cloture on McConnell (for Nelson/Rubio) Amendment No. 3898 (to Amendment No. 3896), McConnell (for Cornyn) Modified Amendment No. 3899 (to Amendment No. 3896), and McConnell (for Blunt) Modified Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896), at 2:30 p.m.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 53 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. EX. 72), Paula Xinis, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

Today:

  • The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the chamber will resume consideration of the expected vehicle for a fiscal 2017 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs appropriations measure. Up to three votes on cloture on amendments are expected to take place at 2:30 p.m. The chamber is expected to recess from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.
  • Bills:
    • HR 2577 — Fiscal 2017 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Expected Vehicle

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health
Briefing on “Maternal Mental Health”

Senate Finance Committee
“Integrating the Corporate and Individual Tax Systems: The Dividends Paid Deduction Considered”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“The Obama Administration’s Medicare Drug Experiment: The Patient and Doctor Perspective”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Tax-Related Proposals to Improve Health Care”

House Financial Services Committee
“Interest on Reserves and the Fed’s Balance Sheet”

House Financial Services Committee
“Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation, Transparency, and Regulatory Accountability”

House Foreign Affairs
“U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Bureau: FY2017 Budget.”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2931: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect Americans from cybercrime.
Sponsor: Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] (introduced 5/16/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.5243: Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, to strengthen public health activities in response to the Zika virus, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 5/16/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.5249: To direct the NIH to intensify and coordinate fundamental, translational, and clinical research with respect to the understanding of pain, the discovery and development of therapies for chronic pain, and the development of alternatives to opioids for effective pain treatments.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 5/16/2016) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2932: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to the provision of emergency medical services.
Sponsor: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 5/16/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.