Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 2357 – Accelerating Access to Capital Act of 2016. The Senate will resume consideration of S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016:
    • The House passed H.R. 5063, to limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 174 noes, Roll No. 488. 
    • Rejected the Meng motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 487. 
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule. 
  • Agreed to: 
    • Price (GA) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that requires the head of each Federal agency to electronically submit a report to the Congressional Budget Office on each settlement agreement entered into pursuant to this bill; and
    • Price (GA) amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that requires each agency’s Inspector General to report annually to the House and Senate Committees on the Budget, the Judiciary, and Appropriations on any settlement agreement entered into by an during the previous year that are in violation of section 2.
  • Rejected:
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that sought to exempt settlement agreements that pertain to providing restitution for a State; 
    • Conyers amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that sought to exempt from the bill any settlement pertaining to discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, or any other protected category (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 483); 
    • Cicilline amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that sought to exempt settlement agreements that strengthen the personal privacy of Americans from the blanket prohibition in this legislation (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 484); 
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that sought to exempt settlement agreements that resolves a civil action or potential civil action in relation to sexual harassment, violence, or discrimination in the work place (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 485); and 
    • Gosar amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114–724) that sought to cap settlement payments for attorney fees provided in relation to environmental cases at $125 per hour (by a recorded vote of 155 ayes to 262 noes, Roll No. 486). 
    • H. Res. 843, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5063) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 482, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 481. 
    • North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016–Change in Conferees: The Chair appointed the following conferee on S. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Whitfield: Representative Kinzinger (IL). 

     

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 2357 – Accelerating Access to Capital Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Ron DeSantis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ruben Hinojosa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • 1) H.Res. 660 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to support the territorial integrity of Georgia (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

Measures Considered:

  • Water Resources Development Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 2848, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, withdrawing the committee reported amendments, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
    • Pending:
      • McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 4979, in the nature of a substitute. 
      • Inhofe Amendment No. 4980 (to Amendment No. 4979), to make a technical correction. 
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 8, 2016. 
  • Moment of Silence–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 8, 2016, Senate observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001. 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will observe a moment of silence to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans whose lives were taken on September 11, 2001.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #523, S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House-Senate Conference
S. 2012 Energy Modernization Conference Meeting

House Financial Services Committee
“Fueling Terror: The Dangers of Ransom Payments to Iran”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Public Health Legislation

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Eastern Mediterranean Energy: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Regional Priorities”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Asia’s Growing Hunger for Energy: U.S. Policy and Supply Opportunities”

House Ways and Means
Full Committee Markup

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.3295 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Health

H.R.5945 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title III of the Social Security Act to allow States to drug test applicants for unemployment compensation to ensure they are ready to work.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5942 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Todd C. [R-IN-9] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.3298 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of any drug containing an opiate to prominently state that addiction is possible.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3297 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for certain individuals whose premium has increased by more than 10 percent, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (9)
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.3296 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for individuals residing in counties with fewer than 2 health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange.
Sponsor: Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (5)
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

Terrorism

H.R.5949 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To prohibit the use of funds to make payments to Iran relating to the settlement of claims brought before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal until Iran has paid certain compensatory damages awarded to United States persons by United States courts.
Sponsor: Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] (Introduced 09/07/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 09/07/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

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