Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.Res. 879 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5931) to provide for the prohibition on cash payments to the Government of Iran, H.R. 5719 – Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act, and three 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.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1475, to authorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance. 
  • Global Anti-Poaching Act:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2494, to support global anti-poaching efforts, strengthen the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, and designate major wildlife trafficking countries.
  • Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 220, as amended by Representative Royce, condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.
  • GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass H.R. 5995, to strike the sunset on certain provisions relating to the authorized protest of a task or delivery order under section 4106 of title 41, United States Code.
  • Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 3438, to amend title 5, United States Code, to postpone the effective date of high-impact rules pending judicial review, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 535. 
  • Rejected the Thompson (MS) 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 182 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 534.
  • 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.
  • Rejected:
    • Cicilline amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114–777) that sought to exempt from the requirements of the legislation any rule that would reduce the cost of healthcare for people over the age of 65 (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 532); and
    • DelBene amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114–777) that sought to exempt from the bill’s requirements rules relating to improving the affordability of higher education (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 533).
  • H. Res. 875, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3438) and (H.R. 5719) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 525, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 171 nays, Roll No. 524. 
  • Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 5461, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, by a yea-and-nay vote of 282 yeas to 143 nays, Roll No. 536. 
  • Agreed to:
    • Poliquin manager’s amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114–778) that adds Committee on Foreign Affairs to the reporting requirements in the bill; 
    • Young (IN) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114–778) that adds three additional provisions to the bill’s required report on Iranian leadership financial assets; and 
    • Lance amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114–778) that adds head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to list of Iranian leaders. 
    • H. Res. 876, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5461) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 247 ayes to 174 noes, Roll No. 527, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 526. 
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, September 20th:
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 20 nays, Roll No. 528; 
      • 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), by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 529; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 530; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 531; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 30 nays, Roll No. 537; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 538; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 539; 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 540; and 
        • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To allow the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to enter into reimbursable agreements for certain airport projects.”. 
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 34 nays, Roll No. 541; 
        • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend title 40, United States Code, to require restrooms in public buildings to be equipped with baby changing facilities.”. 
  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: 
      • Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act:
        • H.R. 2315, to limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States;
      • Protection of the Right of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional Patrimony Resolution:
        • H. Con. Res. 122, amended, supporting efforts to stop the theft, illegal possession or sale, transfer, and export of tribal cultural items of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in the United States and internationally; 
      • Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act:
        • H.R. 4712, amended, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide for an option under the Secure Mail Initiative under which a person to whom a document is sent under that initiative may require that the United States Postal Service obtain a signature from that person in order to deliver the document; 
      • Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016:
        • H.R. 5064, amended, to amend the Small Business Act to allow small business development centers to assist and advise small business concerns on relevant cyber security matters; 
      • Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act:
        • H.R. 5094, amended, to contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine, to assist Ukraine’s democratic transition; and 
      • Global Development Lab Act:
        • H.R. 3924, amended, to establish in the United States Agency for International Development an entity to be known as the United States Global Development Lab. 
    • Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2016:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H.R. 5708, as amended by Representative Royce, to oppose loans at international financial institutions for the Government of Nicaragua unless the Government of Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections. 
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To oppose loans at international financial institutions for the Government of Nicaragua, other than to address basic human needs or promote democracy, unless the Government of Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections, and for other purposes.”.

 

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • H.Res. 879 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5931) to provide for the prohibition on cash payments to the Government of Iran, and for other purposes(Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Rules Committee)
  • H.R. 5719 – Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 6004 – MGT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1296 – To amend the San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act to clarify certain settlement terms, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4564 – Robert Emmet Park Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Crowley / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 5963 – Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 5625 – Modernizing Government Travel Act (Sponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) House Amendment to S. 1550 – Program Management Improvement Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4419 – District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Norton / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 5037 – District of Columbia Courts and Public Defender Service Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments Act(Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Norton / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 5798 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5320 – Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 5946 – United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Dold / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2285 – Prevent Trafficking in Cultural Property Act(Sponsored by Rep. Bill Keating / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 5523 – Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)

 

 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.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2015; that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed to the bill expire at 11 a.m.; and that if the motion to proceed is agreed to, Senator McConnell be recognized to offer a substitute amendment. 
  • Foreign Military Sale:
    • By 71 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 145), Senate tabled the motion to discharge the Foreign Relations Committee of 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. 

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each until 11:00am.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR. All post-cloture time will expire at 11:00am, and if the motion to proceed is agreed to (expected voice vote) Senator McConnell will be recognized to offer a substitute amendment.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Midterm Review and Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Motor Vehicles”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“Exploring a Right to Try for Terminally Ill Patients”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council”

House Education and the Workforce Committee
“Discussion Draft to Modernize Multiemployer Pensions”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Roundtable: The Impact of the FAST Act’s Freight Provisions”

House Judiciary Committee
“Treating the Opioid Epidemic: The State of Competition in the Markets for Addiction Medicine”

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining the Agenda of Regulators, SROs, and Standards-Setters for Accounting, Auditing, and Municipal Securities”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.6104 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To establish a deadline for approval of claims made under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6103 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To provide standards for physical condition and management of housing receiving assistance payments under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.3373 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to ensure that the reciprocal deposits of an insured depository institution are not considered to be funds obtained by or through a deposit broker, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

 

Health

H.R.6109 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the affordability and enrollment procedures of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R.6101 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

S.3371 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend titles II, XVIII, and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the affordability and enrollment procedures of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.6111 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a partial exclusion from the excise tax imposed on heavy trucks sold at retail for alternative fuel trucks.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6100 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To prevent proposed regulations relating to restrictions on liquidation of an interest with respect to estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes from taking effect.
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (

H.R.6098 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the withholding of income and social security taxes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanford, Mark [R-SC-1] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

H.R.6102 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a Smart Technology Traffic Signals Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.3379 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to improve surface transportation and maritime security.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 09/21/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 09/21/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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