Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider one bill under suspension of the rules, then consider H.R. 6094 – Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act, and Complete Consideration of H.R. 5303 – Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR, and the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.2040, JASTA.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business:
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 892 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5303) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.”– Adopted 244 – 176
    • H. Res. 892 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5303) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.”– Adopted 243- 177
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 893 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 954) 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.” – adopted 243 – 178
    • H. Res. 893 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 954) 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.” – Adopted 241 – 180
    • S. 1698 – “To exclude payments from State eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining eligibility for, or the amount of, Federal public benefits.” – Passed by Voice
    • H.R. 954 – “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.” – Passed 258-165
    • H.R. 5065 – “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to notify air carriers and security screening personnel of the Transportation Security Administration of such Administration’s guidelines regarding permitting baby formula, breast milk, and juice on airplanes, and for other purposes.” – On the Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass the Bill- Passed by Voice
    • H.R. 5391 – “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance certain duties of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and for other purposes.” – On the Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass the Bill- Passed by Voice
    • H.R. 5303 – “To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes.” – Vote Ordered
      • Shuster (R-PA) – Amendment No. 1 – “Makes technical and clarifying revisions to H.R. 5303. Includes additional Chief’s Reports and Post Authorization Change Reports submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers since May 25, 2016.”– Adopted by Voice
      • Lawrence (D-MI) – Amendment No. 2 – “Includes gross negligence as an additional reason for obtaining funding following an emergency at a water resources development project.”– Withdrawn
      • Babin (R-TX) – Amendment No. 3 – “Defines parameters and sets guidelines for the scope of “work” under Section 408 review processes.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Babin (R-TX) – Amendment No. 4 – “Allows for channels which have been “assumed for maintenance” to be considered the same as “authorized” projects.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Black (R-TN) – Amendment No. 5 – “Directs the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide guidance on the types of circumstances under which the state-of-the-art provision of the Dam Safety Assurance authority might apply to dam safety repair projects; for corps of engineers district offices to effectively communicate with sponsors to establish and implement cost sharing agreements during dam safety repair projects; and for the corps of engineers to communicate the estimated and final cost sharing amounts, executing agreements, with all cost sharing sponsors.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Blum (R-IA), Loebsack (D-IA), Young (R-IA) – Amendment No. 6 – “Expedites the Cedar River project for flood risk management authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 2014.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Bost (R-IL) – Amendment No. 7 – “Authorizes the Corps to consider other potential benefits that may accrue due to rehabilitation of a non-federal levee.”– Adopted by Voice
      • Crawford (R-AR) – Amendment No. 8 – “Clarifies the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to make project costs incurred and in-kind contributions made before receipt of the WIFIA loan to count toward the 51 percent of the project that must be financed by non-WIFIA dollars.” – Not Offered
      • Dold (R-IL) – Amendment No. 9 – “Allows projects funded under section 506(c) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to include compatible recreation features, not to exceed 10 percent of the ecosystem restoration costs of the project.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Graves (R-LA) – Amendment No. 10 – “Allows the non-federal interest to execute a project or project component when they determine that it can be done at lower cost and/or faster time. It directs 20% of money saved back to treasury, and the rest to other corps projects.” – Vote Requested
      • Graves (R-LA) – Amendment No. 11 – “Provides criteria for application decisions pursuant to Section 408.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Graves (R-LA) – Amendment No. 12 – “Expedites certain flood mitigation priority areas.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Long (R-MO) – Amendment No. 13 – “Lifts the Army Corps of Engineers’ moratorium on the issuance of dock permits for Table Rock Lake and delays the final rule for revising the Shoreline Management Plan. Extends the public comment period and requires a study on the permit fee structure for Table Rock Lake.” – Adopted by Voice
      • McKinley (R-WV) – Amendment No. 14 – “Requires the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the economic or recreational significance or impact of a lock at the national, State or local level.” – Not Offered
      • Mica (R-FL) – Amendment No. 15 – “Allows the Secretary to adjust the Benefit Cost Ratio after any portion of the authorized project is completed by the Army Corps using non-federal funds” – Adopted by Voice
      • Mica (R-FL) {On behalf of Mullin (R-OK)} – Amendment No. 16 – “Transfers to the Department of the Interior land to be held in trust for the benefit of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, after the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has paid to the Army Corps of Engineers fair market value of the land transferred.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Rouzer (R-NC) – Amendment No. 17 – “Directs the Army Corps of Engineers to work with local officials to establish a no wake zone in federal navigation channels when certain criteria are met.” – Not Offered
      • Thornberry (R-TX) – Amendment No. 18 – “Prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from removing privately owned cabins on privately owned land at Lake Kemp for an additional 5 years.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Weber (R-TX) – Amendment No. 19 – “Requires the Army Corps of Engineers to take into account existing studies and data developed by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District when conducting the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Young (R-IA) – Amendment No. 20 – “Establishes policy for Corps levees that affect community-owned levees.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Esty (D-CT) – Amendment No. 21 – “Directs the Secretary to submit a report within one year of enactment on implementation of corrosion prevention activities under section 1033 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (33 U.S.C. 2350).” – Adopted by Voice
      • Esty (D-CT), LoBiondo (R-NJ), Zeldin (R-NY) – Amendment No. 22 – “Amends section 4009(a) of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-121; 128 Stat. 1316) to direct the Secretary to conduct a comprehensive assessment and management plan to restore aquatic ecosystems within the coastal waters of the Northeastern United States from the State of Virginia to the State of Maine, including associated bays, estuaries, and critical riverine areas.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Frankel (D-FL), Curbelo (R-FL) – Amendment No. 23 – “Provides local communities the option to seek foreign sand sources for shore protection projects.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Green, Al (D-TX), Green, Gene (D-TX), Culberson (R-TX) – Amendment No. 24 – “Allows the Secretary to give priority to flood control projects where (1) such project is already authorized and an executed partnership agreement exists; and (2) the project is in an area where loss of life has occurred to due a flooding event.” – Adopted by Voice
      • Herrera-Beutler (R-WA) – Amendment No. 25 – “Expands availability of funds for Watercraft Inspection Stations in northwest states. Clarifies that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can fund existing watercraft inspection stations.” – Adopted by Voice

 

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: TBD
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 3283 – To designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pueblo, Colorado, as the “PFC James Dunn VA Clinic” (Sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 6094 – Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • Complete Consideration of H.R. 5303 – Water Resources Development Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • Postponed Amendment Vote:
    • Rep. Garret Graves Amendment 
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bradley Byrne Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Rick Crawford Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Culberson / Al Green Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Blake Farenthold Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Sam Johnson / Sessions / Ratcliffe / Eddie Bernice Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Ribble / Nolan / Esty Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hal Rogers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David Rouzer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Meng / Stefanik Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Scott Peters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mike Quigley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Vela / Farenthold Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bill Huizenga Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David Joyce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bridenstine / Russell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Joe Courtney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Newhouse / Heck (WA) / Kilmer / Walden Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Kildee / Moolenaar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

 Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on McConnell substitute amendment #5082 (short-term CR) to H.R.5325; not invoked: 45-55.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.5325, Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017; not invoked: 40-59.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR, until 10:00am.
  • At 10:00am, the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.2040, JASTA. Under the previous order, 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).
  • Approximately 12:00 noon – 1 roll call vote expected
    • Passage of S.2040, JASTA, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding.
  • Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means Committee
“Health Care Fraud Investigations”

House Financial Services Committee
“Semi-Annual Testimony on the Federal Reserve’s Supervision and Regulation of the Financial System”

Securities and Exchange Commission
Open Meeting

House Armed Services Committee
“Department of Defense Laboratories: Innovation through Science and Engineering in Support of Military Operations”

House Financial Services Committee
“The Impact of US-EU Dialogues on U.S. Insurance Markets”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.3404 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to treat certain municipal obligations as level 2B liquid assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3398 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to reform the inspection process of housing assisted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.6184 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a special enrollment period under Medicare for individuals enrolled in COBRA continuation coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Dold, Robert J. [R-IL-10] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Referred to House Education and the Workforce

H.R.6174 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to limit the orphan drug exclusion under the drug discount program under section 340B of such title.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Transportation

H.R.6193 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To establish the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.6181 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To authorize programs and activities to support transportation options in areas with limited access to public transportation due to extensive repair or reconstruction projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 09/27/2016) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 09/27/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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