Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 30 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.2613 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016.

House

 

Thursday:

  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017: The House passed H.R. 4974, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, by a yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 129 nays, Roll No. 228. Consideration began yesterday, May 18th.
    • Agreed to the engrossment and third reading of the bill by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 227.
    • Agreed to:
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the Veterans Experience Office;
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits the use of funds to carry out the memorandum from the Veterans Benefit Administration known as Fast Letter 13-10 or to prohibit the use of funds to create or maintain any patient record-keeping system other than those approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office;
      • Mica amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of May 18, 2016) that increase funding for Veterans Health Administration-Medical Services by $10 million;
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits the use of funds to be used in contravention of sections 575.106 or 575.206 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations;
      • Jackson Lee amendment that prohibits the use of funds to be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in contravention of subchapter III of chapter 20 of title 38, United States Code;
      • Gibson amendment that prohibits the use of funds to be used to enforce VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii, Chapter 1, Section H, Topic 28.h related to Developing Claims Based on Service Aboard Ships Offshore the RVN;
      • Blumenauer amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of May 17, 2016) that was debated on May 18th that prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce any Veterans Health Administration Directive relating to the prohibition on VA providers from completing forms seeking recommendations on opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a state marijuana program (by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 221);
      • Fleming amendment that was debated on May 18th that prohibits the use of funds to modify a military installation in the United States, including construction or modification of a facility on a military installation, to produce housing for unaccompanied alien children (by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 222); and
      • Huffman amendment that was debated on May 18th that prohibits the use of funds to implement section 8(d)(2) of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration Directive 3220 of November 22, 2005 (by a recorded vote of 265 ayes to 159 noes with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 223).
    • Rejected:
      • Mulvaney amendment that was debated on May 18th that sought to strike Overseas Contingency Operations, Military Construction, Army (by a recorded vote of 52 ayes to 372 noes, Roll No. 217);
      • Mulvaney amendment that was debated on May 18th that sought to strike Overseas Contingency Operations, Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps (by a recorded vote of 51 ayes to 371 noes, Roll No. 218);
      • Mulvaney amendment that was debated on May 18th that sought to strike Overseas Contingency Operations, Military Construction, Air Force (by a recorded vote of 56 ayes to 363 noes, Roll No. 219);
      • Mulvaney amendment that was debated on May 18th that sought to strike Overseas Contingency Operations, Military Construction, Defense-Wide (by a recorded vote of 64 ayes to 360 noes, Roll No. 220);
      • Gosar amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the exception in clause (iii) of section 1.218(a)(8) of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations (by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 224);
      • Perry amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502 (by a recorded vote of 209 ayes to 216 noes, Roll No. 225); and
      • Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to be used in contravention of Executive Order no. 13672 of July 21, 2014 (”Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity”) (by a recorded vote of 212 ayes to 213 noes, Roll No. 226).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Heck (WA) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have designated holes 10 through 18 at the golf course at American Lake Veterans Hospital on a portion of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which were designed by Jack Nicklaus on a pro bono basis, as the ”Nicklaus Nine”; and
      • Gibson amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited the use of funds by the Department of Veterans Affairs to preclude the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam from inclusion in the meaning of the Republic of Vietnam under the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and the amendments made by that Act.
    • H. Res. 736, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4974) and (H.R. 5243) was agreed to yesterday, May 18th.
  • Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, May 23rd for Morning Hour debate.

Today:

  • On Monday, 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) H.R. 4889 – Kelsey Smith Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4167 – Kari’s Law Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Louie Gohmert / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3998 – Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2589 – To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website changes to the rules of the Commission not later than 24 hours after adoption (Sponsored by Rep. Renee Ellmers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 496 – Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Establishment Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) S. 184 – Native American Children’s Safety Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5077 – The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 2121 – To amend the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide a temporary license for loan originators transitioning between employers, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Financial Services Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 4139 – Fostering Innovation Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema / Financial Services Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 1762 – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in The Dalles, Oregon, as the “Loren R. Kaufman Memorial Veterans’ Clinic”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 960 – To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community based outpatient clinic in Newark, Ohio, as the “Daniel L. Kinnard Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic “, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 2460 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 3715 – Final Farewell Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Corrine Brown / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 3989 – Support Our Military Caregivers Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elise Stefanik / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 15) H.R. 5229 – Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 16) H.R. 5286 – VA Construction and Lease Authorization, Health, and Benefits Enhancement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
      17) H.R. 3956 – VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 18) H.R. 433 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. G.T. Thompson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 19) H.R. 3931 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 620 Central Avenue Suite 1A in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, as the “Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown United States Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 20) H.R. 3953 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4122 Madison Street, Elfers, Florida, as the “Private First Class Felton Roger Fussell Memorial Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 21) H.R. 4747 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the “Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. David Scott / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 22) H.R. 4877 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3130 Grants Lake Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, as the “LCpl Garrett W. Gamble, USMC Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 23) H.R. 4975 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5720 South 142nd Street in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Ashford / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 24) H.R. 4987 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3957 2nd Avenue in Laurel Hill, Florida, as the “Sergeant First Class William ‘Kelly’ Lacey Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 25) H.R. 4761 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 61 South Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, California, as the “Louis Van Iersel Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 26) H.R. 3218 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 27) H.R. 4425 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 28) H.R. 3969 – To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada, as the “Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 29) H.R. 4465 – Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 30) H.R. 4487 – Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

 

Senate

 

Thursday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: By 89 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 82), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Collins (for Blunt) Amendment No. 3946 (to Amendment No. 3900), to require the periodic submission of spending plan updates to the Committee on Appropriations.
      • By 68 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 77), McConnell (for Blunt) Modified Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896), Zika response and preparedness.
      • By 87 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 80), Collins Amendment No. 3970 (to Amendment No. 3896), to prohibit the use of funds to carry out a final rule and notice of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
      • Collins (for Rubio) Amendment No. 4050 (to Amendment No. 3896), to make temporary relocation assistance available for tenants in project-based section 8 properties with imminent health and safety risks.
      • Collins (for Baldwin) Modified Amendment No. 4026 (to Amendment No. 3896), to prohibit certain health care providers from providing non-Department health care services to veterans.
      • Collins Amendment No. 3896, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Rejected:
      • 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. (By 60 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 81), Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Withdrawn:
      • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 70 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. 76), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to McConnell (for Blunt) Modified Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896) (listed above). Subsequently, the point of order against all of the emergency designations contained in the amendment was not sustained.
      • By 88 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. 78), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Collins Amendment No. 3896 (listed above).
      • By 84 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 79), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to McCain/Blumenthal Amendment No. 4039 (to Amendment No. 3896), to extend and expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs and to establish consistent criteria and standards relating to the use of amounts under the Medical Community Care account of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Subsequently, the point of order against the emergency designation found on page 3, lines 7 through 12, of the amendment was not sustained.
    • Chair sustained a point of order that McCain/Blumenthal Amendment No. 4039 (to Amendment No. 3896) (listed above), was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.
  • Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, May 23, 2016, Senate begin consideration of S. 2613, to reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and that there be one hour of debate, equally divided in the usual form; provided further, that the Grassley amendment be agreed to, the committee-reported substitute amendment, as amended, be agreed to, and Senate vote on passage of S. 2613, as amended, with no intervening action or debate.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, May 23, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #422, S.2613 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 – with one hour of debate equally divided. By consent, the Grassley amendment will be agreed to, the committee-reported substitute amendment, as amended, will be agreed to, and the Senate will vote on the bill, as amended.
  • Monday, May 23 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Passage of Calendar #422, S.2613 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

H.R.5293: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Sponsor: Rep Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [NJ-11] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
House Reports: 114-577
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 447.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5282: To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to improve the consumer reporting system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5283: To amend title 18, United States Code, to reform certain forfeiture procedures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Financial Services; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and 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.

H.R.5301: To exempt small seller financers from certain licensing requirements and debt-to-income requirements for qualified mortgages.
Sponsor: Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5284: To eliminate the individual and employer health coverage mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to expand beyond that Act the choices in obtaining and financing affordable health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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.5287: To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with an option to provide medical assistance to individuals between the ages of 22 and 64 for inpatient services to treat substance use disorders at certain facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5298: To establish requirements regarding quality dates and safety dates in food labeling, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.2956: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 5/19/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 114-259
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 474.

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