Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2576 – TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act, and Begin Consideration of H.R. 5055 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The Senate will vote (expected by voice) on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspension–Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Kelsey Smith Act: H.R. 4889, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require providers of a covered service to provide call location information concerning the telecommunications device of a user of such service to an investigative or law enforcement officer in an emergency situation involving risk of death or serious physical injury or in order to respond to the user’s call for emergency services, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 229.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Kari’s Law Act: H.R. 4167, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9-1-1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9-1-1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, and for other purposes.”.
    • Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act: H.R. 3998, amended, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliency of critical telecommunications networks during times of emergency, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 230;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a study on network resiliency during times of emergency, and for other purposes.”.
    • Amending 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: H.R. 2589, amended, 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;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website the text of any item that is adopted by vote of the Commission not later than 24 hours after receipt of dissenting statements from all Commissioners wishing to submit such a statement with respect to such item.”.
    • Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Establishment Act: H.R. 496, amended, to establish the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area in the State of California;
    • Native American Children’s Safety Act: S. 184, to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings;
    • SAFE Transitional Licensing Act: H.R. 2121, amended, to amend the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide a temporary license for loan originators transitioning between employers;
    • Fostering Innovation Act: H.R. 4139, to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers from certain auditor attestation requirements;
    • Amending title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans: H.R. 2460, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans;
    • Final Farewell Act: H.R. 3715, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit interments, funerals, memorial services, and ceremonies of deceased veterans at national cemeteries and State cemeteries receiving grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs during certain weekends if requested for religious reasons;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit internments, funerals, memorial services, and ceremonies of deceased veterans at national cemeteries and State cemeteries receiving grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs during certain weekends.”.
    • Support Our Military Caregivers Act: H.R. 3989, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”.
    • Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act: H.R. 5229, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a study to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, especially in regards to women veterans and minority veterans, in transitioning to civilian life;
    • VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act: H.R. 3956, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire directors of the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire directors of the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”.
    • Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016: H.R. 4465, amended, to decrease the deficit by consolidating and selling Federal buildings and other civilian real property; and
    • Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016: H.R. 4487, amended, to reduce costs of Federal real estate, improve building security.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017: H.R. 5077, amended, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.

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: 2:15-3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • H.R. 5077 – The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee)
    • House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2576 – TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 5055 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules. Additionally, the Rule provides for 10 minutes of debate per amendment equally divided between the proponent and an opponent, and no pro forma amendments shall be in order except by the Chair and Ranking Member or their designees may offer up to 10 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2943, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
  • 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 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
  • Department of Labor Rule on Fiduciary–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Senate will vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.J. Res. 88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term ”Fiduciary”.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will vote (expected by voice) on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”. Under the rule, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution.
  • It’s also possible that the Senate considers S.J.Res.28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes (catfish).
  • As a reminder, this evening Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #469, S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, and filed cloture on the motion.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture motion would ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, May 25.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“Debt versus Equity: Corporate Integration Considerations”

House Financial Services Committee
“Stopping Terror Finance: A Coordinated Government Effort”

House Homeland Security Committee
“Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Medicare and Medicaid Program Integrity: Combatting Improper Payments and Ineligible Providers”

House Appropriations Committee
“Full Committee Markup – FY 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science Bill; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Investigating the Culture of Corruption at the Department of the Interior”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Markup of H.R.5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”; H.R.2952, the “Improving Employment Outcomes of TANF Recipients Act”; H.R.5169, the “What Works to Move Welfare Recipients Into Jobs Act””

House Rules Committee
“S. 2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016”

House Natural Resources Committee
“Full Committee Markup – the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.2975: A bill to provide agencies with discretion in securing information technology and information systems.
Sponsor: Sen Ernst, Joni [IA] (introduced 5/23/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/23/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

DEFENSE

S.2967: A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Office of Management and Budget to execute a national biodefense strategy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 5/23/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/23/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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