Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 5461 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, H.R. 3438 – REVIEW Act of 2016, and six bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR, post-cloture.

House

 

Yesterday:

Suspensions:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act:
    • H.R. 670, amended, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend the Medicaid rules regarding supplemental needs trusts for Medicaid beneficiaries to trusts established by those beneficiaries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 22 nays, Roll No. 521; 
  • Amending title 5, United States Code, to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers:
    • H.R. 5785, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 522;
  • GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5690, to ensure the Government Accountability Office has adequate access to information, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 523;
  • GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5687, to eliminate or modify certain mandates of the Government Accountability Office;
  • Amending title 49, United States Code, with respect to certain grant assurances:
    • H.R. 5944, to amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to certain grant assurances;
  • Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5957, to include disabled veteran leave in the personnel management system of the Federal Aviation Administration;

Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed:

  • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed. 
  • Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5963, amended, to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974;
  • District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act:
    • H.R. 4419, amended, to update the financial disclosure requirements for judges of the District of Columbia courts; 
  • District of Columbia Courts and Public Defender Service Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments Act:
    • H.R. 5037, amended, to authorize the establishment of a program of voluntary separation incentive payments for non-judicial employees of the District of Columbia courts and employees of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service;
  • Modernizing Government Travel Act:
    • H.R. 5625, amended, to provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business;
  • Program Management Improvement Accountability Act:
    • S. 1550, amended, to amend title 31, United States Code, to establish entities tasked with improving program and project management in certain Federal agencies;
  • Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 3957, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily allow expensing of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty;
  • Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis Choice Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5659, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to expanding Medicare Advantage coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD);
  • Providing for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016:
    • H.R. 5613, amended, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016;
  • Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5320, amended, to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Social Security Administration; 
  • United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act:
    • H.R. 5946, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any prizes or awards won in competition in the Olympic Games or the Paralympic Games;
  • Sustaining Healthcare Integrity and Fair Treatment Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 5713, amended, to provide for the extension of certain long-term care hospital Medicare payment rules, clarify the application of rules on the calculation of hospital length of stay to certain moratorium-excepted long-term care hospitals;
  • Prevent Trafficking in Cultural Property Act:
    • H.R. 2285, amended, to improve enforcement against trafficking in cultural property and prevent stolen or illicit cultural property from financing terrorist and criminal networks;
  • Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools Act:
    • H.R. 5523, amended, to amend title 31, United States Code, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from carrying out seizures relating to a structuring transaction unless the property to be seized derived from an illegal source or the funds were structured for the purpose of concealing the violation of another criminal law or regulation, and to require notice and a post-seizure hearing for such seizures;
  • Amending title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in a navigable airspace analysis:
    • H.R. 6007, to amend title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in a navigable airspace analysis;
  • Directing the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the appropriate committees of Congress advance notice of certain announcements:
    • H.R. 5977, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the appropriate committees of Congress advance notice of certain announcements;
  • Airport Construction and Alteration Reform Act of 2016:
    • H.R. 6014, amended, to direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow certain construction or alteration of structures by State departments of transportation without requiring an aeronautical study;
  • Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act:
    • H.R. 5147, amended, to amend title 40, United States Code, to require that male and female restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities; and
  • Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act:
    • H.R. 5859, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program. 

 

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: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 5461 – Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Bruce Poliquin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Todd Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Leonard Lance Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • H.R. 3438 – REVIEW Act of 2016 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Suzan DelBene Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2315 – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.Con.Res. 122 – PROTECT Patrimony Resolution, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Pearce / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4712 – Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 5064 – Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna / Small Business Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 5094 – STAND for Ukraine Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3924 – Global Development Lab Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Postponed Votes on 19 suspensions; a full list of bills can be found at repcloakroom.house.gov.

 

 Senate

 

Yesterday:

Measures Considered:

  • Legislative Branch Appropriations Act–Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5325, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 89 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. 144), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 21, 2016; and that all time during recess or adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Foreign Military Sale–Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding rule XXII, at 11:15 a.m., on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Senator Paul, or his designee, be recognized to offer a motion to discharge S.J. Res. 39, relating to the disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of M1A1/A2 Abrams Tank structures and other major defense equipment; that there be up to 3 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and the opponents, with Senator Paul controlling 30 minutes of the proponents time; Senator Murphy controlling 15 minutes of the proponents time; and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on or in relation to the motion to discharge.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR, post-cloture. All time during recess and adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed.
  • At 11:15am, Senator Paul or his designee will be recognized to offer a motion to discharge S.J.Res.39, relating to the disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of M1A1/A2 Abrams Tank structures and other major defense equipment; there will be 3 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and opponents, with Senator Paul controlling 30 minutes of proponent time and Senator Murphy controlling 15 minutes of proponent time; following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the motion to discharge.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
Markup of Pension Legislation

House Natural Resources Committee
“Oversight Hearing on the Impacts of the Obama CEQ’s Final Guidance for GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change”

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Development
“Terror Financing Risks of America’s $1.7 Billion Cash Payments to Iran”

DC Bar
Pass-Throughs and Real Estate Tax Series

House Oversight and Government Reform
“Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens”

House Financial Services Committee
“Corporate Governance: Fostering a System that Promotes Capital Formation and Maximizes Shareholder Value”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Prioritizing Public Health: The FDA’s Role in the Generic Drug Marketplace”
192 Dirksen

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.6087 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To require the completion of the digitization of all remaining paper-based fingerprint records for inclusion in the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) of the Department of Homeland Security.
Sponsor: Rep. McSally, Martha [R-AZ-2] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House – Homeland Security, Judiciary
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to House Judiciary

 

Energy

H.R.6082 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To direct the Secretary of Energy to issue regulations regarding disclosure of oil data, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Health

H.R.6088 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To delay for one year the release of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.6084 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide comprehensive cancer patient treatment education under the Medicare program and to provide for research to improve cancer symptom management.
Sponsor: Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.6083 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To provide payment for patient navigator services under title XIX of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3361 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an interagency coordinating committee on pulmonary hypertension, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3360 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to support the access of marginalized youth to sexual health services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.6085 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the national limitation amount for qualified highway or surface freight transfer facility bonds.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3365 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the treatment of pension and employee benefit plans maintained by tribal governments.
Sponsor: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3354 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude income attributable to certain real property from gross income.
Sponsor: Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL] (Introduced 09/20/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/20/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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