Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 under suspension of the rules, then will consider H.R. 1270 – Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015, H.R. 4361 – The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016, and begin consideration of H.R. 5485 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017. The Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey in addition the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3100 (Sanctuary Cities).

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016–Rule for consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 796, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4768) to amend title 5, United States Code, with respect to the judicial review of agency interpretations of statutory and regulatory provisions; providing for proceedings during the period from June 23, 2016, through July 4, 2016; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 344, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 168 nays, Roll No. 343.
  • Restoring Access to Medication Act–Rule for consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 793, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1270) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which disqualify expenses for over-the-counter drugs under health savings accounts and health flexible spending arrangements, by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 346, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 168 nays, Roll No. 345.
  • Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017–Rule for consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 794, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5485) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 348, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 347.
  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016: H.R. 5210, amended, to improve access to durable medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program;
    • Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016: H.R. 4854, amended, to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand the investor limitation for qualifying venture capital funds under an exemption from the definition of an investment company, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 349;
    • Fix Crowdfunding Act: H.R. 4855, amended, to amend provisions in the securities laws relating to regulation crowdfunding to raise the dollar amount limit and to clarify certain requirements and exclusions for funding portals established by such Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 350;
    • Tule River Indian Reservation Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act: H.R. 4685, to take certain Federal lands located in Tulare County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tule River Indian Tribe;
    • Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act: H.R. 3844, amended, to establish the Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation to encourage, obtain, and use gifts, devises, and bequests for projects to reclaim abandoned mine lands and orphan oil and gas well sites;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To establish the Bureau of Land Management Foundation to encourage, obtain, and use gifts, devises, and bequests for projects for the benefit of, or in connection with, activities and services of the Bureau of Land Management, and for other purposes.”.
    • Senior Safe Act of 2016: H.R. 4538, amended, to provide immunity from suit for certain individuals who disclose potential examples of financial exploitation of senior citizens;
    • Amending the Colorado River Storage Project Act to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir: H.R. 2273, amended, to amend the Colorado River Storage Project Act to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir.”.
    • Save Our Salmon Act: H.R. 4582, amended, to exclude striped bass from the anadromous fish doubling requirement in section 3406(b)(1) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act;
    • Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act: H.R. 1838, amended, to establish the Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties, California, to designate the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness in such counties, and to designate additional components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To establish the Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties, California, to designate the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness in such counties, and for other purposes.”.
    • Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act: H.R. 5244, to provide for the establishment of a national memorial and national monument to commemorate those killed by the collapse of the Saint Francis Dam on March 12, 1928;
    • Taking certain Federal land located in Tuolumne County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians: H.R. 3079, amended, to take certain Federal land located in Tuolumne County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians;
    • United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016: H.R. 4875, amended, to establish the United States Semiquincentennial Commission;
    • 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act: H.R. 4539, amended, to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission; and
    • Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act: Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3766, to direct the President to establish guidelines for United States foreign development and economic assistance programs.
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Global Food Security Act of 2016: S. 1252, to authorize a comprehensive strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food and nutrition security, promote inclusive, sustainable, agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Last votes expected 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
  • 1) H.R. 2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • H.R. 1270 – Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
  • 1) S. 1252 – Global Food Security Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 4361 – The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Gary Palmer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and make in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Gary Palmer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bill Posey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 5485 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ander Crenshaw / Appropriations Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order the following amendments, and allows for the Chairmen to offer amendments en bloc:
      • A full list of the 70 amendments made in order can be found at rules.house.gov.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • On Wednesday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3100 (Sanctuary Cities).
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • The filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the House message to accompany S.754, the legislative vehicle for GMO, is 1:00pm.
  • At 2:15, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #357, Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey. There will be 30 minutes for debate only on the nomination equally divided followed by a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Upon disposition of the Martinotti nomination, the cloture petitions filed during today’s session will ripen in the order offered (Sanctuary Cities, Kate’s Law, GMO, DOD Approps). If cloture is invoked on any of them, there will then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on the motion followed by an immediate vote on the next cloture motion.
  • Wednesday, July 6 at 2:45pm—at least 2 roll call votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #357, Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3100, Sanctuary Cities; if cloture is invoked, 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on the motion to proceed. If cloture is not invoked, then there will be a roll call vote on the next cloture motion in the order offered (next: Kate’s Law, GMO, DOD Approps)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House and Senate Conferees
S. 524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“A Review of EPA’s Regulatory Activity During the Obama Administration: Energy and Industrial Sectors”

House Judiciary Committee
“The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis”

House Small Business Committee
“Foreign Cyber Threats”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

H.R.5626 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to eliminate the requirement for 3 months of retroactive coverage under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 07/05/2016)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/05/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)

 

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