Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 764 – GMO Labeling Requirements; H.R. 5631 – To hold Iran accountable for its state sponsorship of terrorism and other threatening activities and for its human rights abuses, and for other purposes; H.R. 4992 – United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016; and Complete Consideration of H.R. 5538 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The Senate will consider a motion to invoke cloture on a compound motion to go to conference on S. 2943, NDAA; a motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations; and a motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2577, MilCon-VA Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 822 — “Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the bill (S. 764) to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 304) to improve motor vehicle safety by encouraging the sharing of certain information; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.” On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 183
  • Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5538 — “Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.”
    • Amendments can be found at:
      http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20160713
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 822. S. 304 — “To improve motor vehicle safety by encouraging the sharing of certain information.” On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 182
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 819. H.R. 5119 — “To prohibit the obligation or expenditure of funds available to any Federal department or agency for any fiscal year to purchase or issue a license for the purchase of heavy water produced in Iran.” On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 249 – 176

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 764 – GMO Labeling Requirements (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Pat Roberts / Agriculture Committee)
  • H.R. 5631 – To hold Iran accountable for its state sponsorship of terrorism and other threatening activities and for its human rights abuses, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 4992 – United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Financial Services Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 5538 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Appropriations Committee)
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Don Beyer Amendment
    • Rep. Lois Capps Amendment
    • Rep. Raul Grijalva Amendment
    • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment
    • Rep. Mark Pocan Amendment
    • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment
    • Rep. Niki Tsongas Amendment
    • Rep. Donald Norcross Amendment
    • Rep. Ruben Gallego Amendment

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act; invoked: 90-2.
    • Motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendments toH.R.636, the FAA bill; agreed to: 89-4.
    • Confirmation of Carla D. Hayden, of Maryland, to be Librarian of Congress; confirmed: 74-18.
    • Adoption of conference report to accompany S.524, CARA; adopted: 92-2.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.3055: to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide a dental insurance plan to veterans and survivors and dependents of veterans.
    • Passed H.R.5588: Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016.
    • Passed S.2893: to reauthorize the sound recording and film preservation programs of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes, with Blunt amendment.
    • Passed S.3207: to authorize the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to provide playback equipment in all formats.
    • Adopted S.Res.532: celebrating the 140th anniversary of the State of Colorado.
    • Adopted S.Res.533: designating July 26, 2016, as “United States Intelligence Professionals Day”.
    • Adopted S.Res.534: relative to the death of William L. Armstrong, former United States Senator for the State of Colorado.
    • Passed S.1555: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of BusinessH.R.4465 (to decrease the deficit), H.R.4487 (to reduce costs of federal real estate), H.R.10 (Scholarships for Opportunity and Results), and H.R.4901 (to Reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act).
  • Executive Business
    • Confirmed by unanimous consent a series of military nominations.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.534 until 9:30am on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
  • Following the prayer and pledge, Senator McConnell will be recognized to make a compound motion to go to conference on S.2943, National Defense Authorization Act.
  • After cloture is filed on the compound motion, the time until 11:30am be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 11:30am the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference.
  • If cloture is invoked, the Senate will agree to the compound motion to go to conference and there will be two motions to instruct in order made by Senator Shaheen (re: Afghan visas) and Senator Sullivan (re: maintaining sufficient forces for worldwide military operations).
  • Senator Shaheen will then be recognized to offer her motion and there will be up to 4 minutes of debate equally divided on the Shaheen motion and following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote in relation to the Shaheen motion (re: Afghan visas).
  • Following disposition of the Shaheen motion, Senator Sullivan will be recognized to offer his motion to instruct the conferees and there will be up to 4 minutes of debate equally divided on the motion and following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate vote in relation to the Sullivan motion without any intervening action or debate (re: maintaining sufficient forces for worldwide military operations).
  • Additional roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session of the Senate in relation to the failed cloture votes on the motion to proceed to H.R.5293, Defense Appropriations, and on the conference report to accompanyH.R.2577, MilCon-VA Appropriations.
  • Thursday at 11:30am – 4 roll call votes expected
    • Motion to invoke cloture on compound motion to go to conference on S.2943, NDAA;
      if cloture is invoked, then
    • Shaheen motion to instruct the conferees (re: Afghan visas)
    • Sullivan motion to instruct the conferees (re: maintaining sufficient forces for worldwide military operations)
    • Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to H.R.5293, Defense Appropriations
  • Thursday at approximately 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote expected
    • Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the conference report to accompany H.R.2577, MilCon-VA Appropriations

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Armed Services Committee
“Cybersecurity and U.S. National Security”

Securities and Exchange Commission
Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“Evaluating FDIC’s Response to Major Data Breaches”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Modernizing Social Security’s Information Technology Infrastructure”

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
“Searching for Capital: How Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Fund Entrepreneurs and Startup Companies”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Evaluating the Financial Risks of China”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Lagging Behind: The State of High Speed Rail in the United States”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

S.3202 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to facilitate the transport of additional hydrocarbons to extend the life of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, to further American energy security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3179 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend the credit for carbon dioxide sequestration.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5774 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Small Business Act to allow small business concerns, homeowners, or nonprofit entities to use certain Superstorm Sandy grant funds or other disaster assistance received to repay certain disaster assistance provided by the Small Business Administration.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Small Business, Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R.5769 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To require each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under the section 8 rental assistance voucher program to remain current with respect to local property and school taxes and to authorize a public housing agency to use such rental assistance amounts to pay such tax debt of such an owner, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.3196 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to transition the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to a 5-member board of directors.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.5772 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a system to educate individuals approaching Medicare eligibility, to simplify and modernize the eligibility enrollment process, and to provide for additional assistance for complaints and requests of Medicare beneficiaries that relate to their enrollment in the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.5767 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3209 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and to facilitate information sharing among States.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3191 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the quality of health care furnished in rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.3190 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to enhance the rural health workforce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3189 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to improve access to health care in rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3178 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3176 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3173 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a 90-day EHR reporting period for the determination of whether an eligible professional or eligible hospital is a meaningful EHR user and to remove the all-or-nothing approach to meaningful use, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.5754 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for S corporation reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5745 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on certain trading transactions.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3181 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for S corporation reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.5762 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To improve the safety of hazardous materials rail transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 07/13/2016)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/13/2016 Referred to House Energy and Commerce