Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to consider several bills under suspension of the rules and is also expected to consider a bill (HR 954) that would temporarily exempt from the 2010 health care law’s individual mandate those individuals whose health insurance plans are terminated when a health care Co-Op (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan) goes out of business and to begin consideration of a bill (HR 5303) that would provide for the conservation and development of water resources. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Mental Health First Aid Act: H.R. 1877, amended, to amend section 520J of the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for mental health first aid training programs;
    • Synthetic Drug Control Act: H.R. 3537, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify how controlled substance analogues are to be regulated, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 258 yeas to 101 nays, Roll No. 557;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend the Controlled Substances Act to add certain synthetic substances to schedule I, and for other purposes.”
    • Clarification of Treatment of Electronic Sales of Livestock Act of 2016: H.R. 5883, amended, to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to clarify the duties relating to services furnished in connection with the buying or selling of livestock in commerce through online, video, or other electronic methods;
    • National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act: H.R. 845, amended, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to publish in the Federal Register a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in National Forest System trail maintenance;
    • Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act: H.R. 5943, amended, to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to clarify certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance for such grants;
    • First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act: H.R. 5460, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a review process to review applications for certain grants to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards;
    • Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016: H.R. 5459, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance preparedness and response capabilities for cyber attacks, and bolster the dissemination of homeland security information related to cyber threats;
    • Securing our Agriculture and Food Act: H.R. 5346, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism;
    • Restricting the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government: H.R. 3779, amended, to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government;
    • Vet Connect Act of 2016: H.R. 5162, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose to non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers certain medical records of veterans who receive health care from such providers;
    • No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act: H.R. 5392, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the Veterans Crisis Line, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 357 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 558;
    • Veterans Emergency Treatment Act: H.R. 3216, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the emergency hospital care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certain veterans;
    • Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Amendments Act of 2016: H.R. 5978, amended, to amend title 14, United States Code, to clarify the functions of the Chief Acquisition Officer of the Coast Guard; and

 

Today:

  • On Tuesday the House will meet at 10am for morning hour and 12pm for legislative business. First votes expected: 2pm-3pm. Last votes expected: 5pm-6pm.

Noon

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (HR 954) that would temporarily exempt from the 2010 health care law’s individual mandate those individuals whose health insurance plans are terminated when a health care Co-Op (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan) goes out of business and to begin consideration of a bill (HR 5303) that would provide for the conservation and development of water resources.

Time TBA

  • Bills:
    • HR 5303 — Water Resources Development Act

Time TBA

  • Bills:
    • S 1698 — Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act

Time TBA

  • Bills:
    • HR 5065 — Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act

Time TBA

  • Bills:
    • HR 5391 — Gains in Global Nuclear Detection Architecture Act

Time TBA

  • Bills:
    • HR 954 — A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt from the individual mandate certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded through the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program.

 

 Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:

    • Legislative Branch Appropriations Act–Agreement:
Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 5325, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • McConnell (for Cochran) Amendment No. 5082, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5083 (to Amendment No. 5082), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5084 (to Amendment No. 5083), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5085 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 5082), to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5086 (to Amendment No. 5085), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 5087, to change the enactment date.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5088 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 5087), of a perfecting nature.
      • McConnell Amendment No. 5089 (to Amendment No. 5088), of a perfecting nature.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
    • Veto Messages:

      • Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act Veto Message–Agreement:
Senate began consideration of the veto message on S. 2040, to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the veto message be held at the desk, and at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Senate proceed to the veto message on the bill, and that there be two hours of debate, divided between the Leaders, or their designees; and that upon the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on passage of the bill, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding, with no intervening action or debate.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR.
  • The 2nd degree amendment filing deadline is set for 12:00pm. The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, during Thursday’s session Senator McConnell offered substitute amendment #5082 (text of short-term CR), filled the amendment tree, and filed cloture on the substitute and the underlying bill. The cloture vote on the substitute amendment will be at 2:15pm. Under the rules, if cloture is invoked there would then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on the amendment; if cloture is not invoked, the cloture motion on the underlying bill would immediately ripen.
  • As another reminder, during today’s session the Senate reached an agreement on the veto message on S.2040, JASTA. By consent, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader on Wednesday, September 28th, the Senate will proceed to the veto message on S.2040 and there will be 2 hours of debate, divided between the leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding (veto override).
  • Tuesday at 2:15pm—up to 2 roll call votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #5082 (short-term CR) to H.R.5325;
    • if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of debate, or if cloture is not invoked—
    • Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
“Examining Legislative Proposals to Address Consumer Access to Mainstream Banking Services”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Oversight of the FTC”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws”

House Small Business Committee
“Opportunity Rising: the FAA’s New Regulatory Framework for Commercial Drone Operations”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Outside Perspectives: FTC”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Bioresearch Labs and Inactivation of Dangerous Pathogens”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Financial Stability Board’s Implications for U.S. Growth and Competitiveness”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Tax

H.R.6173 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit against tax for commuting mass transit costs.
Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 09/26/2016) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/26/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6167 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to authorize agricultural producers to establish and contribute to tax-exempt farm risk management accounts.
Sponsor: Rep. Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [R-AR-1] (Introduced 09/26/2016) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/26/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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