Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 5055 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 and consider the Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act / H.R. 5243 – Zika Response Appropriations Act / H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, May 23rd:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 371 yeas to 35 nays with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 235.
    • Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2576 with an amendment may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
    • Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act: The House agreed to the motion to concur in the Senate amendment with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-54, modified by the amendment printed in H. Rept. 114-590, in lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate, to H.R. 2576, to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, by a yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 238.
    • H. Res. 742, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2576) and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3897) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 234, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 175 nays, Roll No. 233.
    • Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act: The House passed H.R. 897, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, by a recorded vote of 258 ayes to 156 noes, Roll No. 237.
    • Rejected the Ruiz motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 182 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 236.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-53 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 742, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2576) and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 897) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 234, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 175 nays, Roll No. 233.
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017: The House began consideration of H.R. 5055, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, May 25th.
    • Agreed to:
      • Gosar amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Investigations, by $1,000,000;
      • Rodney Davis (IL) amendment that redirects $10,000,000 in funding within the Army Corps of Engineers, Investigations;
      • Rice (SC) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Construction, by $2,241,850;
      • Graham amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Operation and Maintenance, by $3,000,000;
      • McNerney amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, by $2,000,000;
      • Bonamici amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, by $9,000,000;
      • Schiff amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Nuclear Waste Disposal, Department of Energy by $19,111,000;
      • Langevin amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Weapons Activities, National Nuclear Security Administration, by $5,000,000;
      • Polis amendment that reduces funding for Federal salaries and expenses by $1 million and increases funding for other Defense activities by $500,000;
      • Keating amendment that redirects $1,000,000 in funding within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission salaries and expenses;
      • Brownley (CA) amendment that prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014; and
      • Burgess amendment that prohibits the enforcement for the use of funds for certain type of light bulbs.
    • Rejected:
      • Beyer amendment that sought to strike section 108, which prohibits the use of funds by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations in effect on October 1, 2012, pertaining to the definitions of the terms ”fill material” or ”discharge of fill material” for the purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the earlier request for a recorded vote);
      • Beyer amendment that sought to strike section 110, which prohibits the use of funds by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations and guidance in effect on October 1, 2012, pertaining to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act; and
      • Garamendi amendment that sought to strike funds for project 99-D-143, mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility.
    • Withdrawn:
      • DeSaulnier amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have struck section 111, regarding the possession of firearms at water resources development projects;
      • Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected $25,000,000 in funding within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program;
      • Perry amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Energy Programs, Department of Energy, by $15,000,000;
      • Polis amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have zeroed out the Fossil Energy Research and Development fund and applied the $645,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Katko amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced funding for the Energy Information Administration by $1,500,000 and increased funding for Northern Border Regional Commission by $2,500,000; and
      • Langevin amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Federal Salaries and Expenses, National Nuclear Security Administration, by $5,000,000.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Polis amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy fund, by $285,000,000.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 5055 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Appropriations Committee)
  • Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act / H.R. 5243 – Zika Response Appropriations Act / H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
    • Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule: By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 84), Senate passed H. J.Res. 88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term ”Fiduciary”, after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Secretary of Agriculture Fish Inspection Rule–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. J.Res. 28, 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.
      • By 57 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 85), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, with the time equally divided between opponents and proponents until 11 a.m., with Senator Shaheen controlling ten minutes of the proponent time; and that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII and the CRA, all time on the joint resolution be deemed expired at 11 a.m.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. All time during adjournment, recess, and morning business will count post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, all post-cloture time will expire at approximately 6:00pm.
  • It is also possible that the Senate reaches an agreement on TSCA during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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Senate Judiciary Committee
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R Street
“Reforming Fannie & Freddie: What Can Congress Do Now?”

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance
Public Meeting

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.5323: To amend title 18, United States Code, to safeguard data stored abroad, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2986: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to safeguard data stored abroad, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.5327: To reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2981: A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to add standards for drug compendia for physician use for purposes of Medicaid payment for certain drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2985: A bill 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: Sen Cassidy, Bill [LA] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

PUERTO RICO

H.R.5322: To amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to terminate an exemption for companies located in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other possession of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-7] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

SANCTIONS

H.R.5333 : To impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.2984: A bill to impose sanctions in relation to violations by Iran of the Geneva Convention (III) or the right under international law to conduct innocent passage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.2988: A bill to extend the sunset of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 in order to effectuate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in guaranteeing that all nuclear material in Iran remains in peaceful activities.
Sponsor: Sen Kaine, Tim [VA] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

TAX

H.R.5324: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the permissible use of health savings accounts to include health insurance payments and to increase the dollar limitation for contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brat, Dave [VA-7] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2980: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the permissible use of health savings accounts to include health insurance payments and to increase the dollar limitation for contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 5/25/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/25/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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