Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act and an additional 13 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will be in a period of morning business beginning at 10:00am.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • H.R. 5458 – “To provide for coordination between the TRICARE program and eligibility for making contributions to a health savings account, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 6135 – “To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the “Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • House Amendment to S. 546 – “To establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • House Amendment to S. 2577 – “To protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples to improve and expand the forensic science testing capacity of Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of forensic evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to support accreditation efforts of forensic science laboratories and medical examiner offices, to address training and equipment needs, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 5422 – “To ensure funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed 399 – 0
    • H.R. 5877 – “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to promote cooperative homeland security research and antiterrorism programs relating to cybersecurity, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 5843 – “To establish a grant program at the Department of Homeland Security to promote cooperative research and development between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 4757 – “To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed 401 – 0
    • H.R. 5047 – “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Labor to provide information to veterans and members of the Armed Forces about articulation agreements between institutions of higher learning, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 5166 – “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide certain employees of Members of Congress and certain employees of State or local governmental agencies with access to case-tracking information of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 3286 – “To encourage effective, voluntary private sector investments to recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the United States military with annual presidential awards to private sector employers recognizing such efforts, and for other purposes.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 5600 – “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy technology to veterans.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.R. 6323 – “To name the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system in Long Beach, California, the “Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.Con.Res. 165  – “Expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice
    • H.Con.Res. 40  – “Encouraging reunions of divided Korean American families.”
      • – On the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – Passed by voice

Today:

  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 34 – 21st Century Cures Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour and Twenty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • H.R. 6302 – Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6303 – To designate facilities of the United States Postal Service, to establish new ZIP Codes, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 5384 – Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6009 – Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6186 – Follow the Rules Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6304 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ”Harpo” Celaya Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 5948 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 830 Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista, California, as the “Jonathan ”J.D.” De Guzman Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6138 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 560 East Pleasant Valley Road, Port Hueneme, California, as the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion “Seabees” Fallen Heroes Post Office Building (Sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6282 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in Bronx, New York, as the “Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. José Serrano / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 2992 – Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Financial Services Committee)
    • S. 1555 – Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono / Financial Services Committee)
    • S. 2234 – Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Financial Services Committee)
    • H.R. 6393 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Passage of S.2873, ECHO Act, as amended; passed: 97-0.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #513, S.2944 – Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, with Grassley substitute amendment.
    • Passed Calendar #559, S.461 – Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, with Cornyn substitute amendment.
    • Passed S.3438 – to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a major medical facility project in Reno, Nevada, with Heller-Feinstein-Reid substitute amendment.
    • Passed H.R.4419 – District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act.
    • Passed H.R.5785 – to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers.
    • Adopted S.Res.607 – recognizing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on its 20th anniversary.
    • Adopted S.Res.611 – supporting the designation of October 8, 2016, as “40 Years of Women Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy Day”.
    • Adopted S.Res.622 – National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month.
    • Adopted S.Res.623 – Civil Air Patrol.
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.6297, Iran Sanctions Extension Act.

 

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am.
  • 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.
  • Senators will be notified when any votes are scheduled.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health Care

H.R.6399 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create a Medicare hospital wage index metropolitan floor, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 11/29/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 11/29/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Tax

H.R.6402 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to avoid duplicative annual reporting, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] (Introduced 11/29/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 11/29/2016 Referred to House Education and the Workforce.

H.R.6397 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that new wind turbines located near certain military installations are ineligible for the renewable electricity production credit and the energy credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] (Introduced 11/29/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 11/29/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6396 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the qualification requirements with respect to certain multiple employer plans with pooled plan providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] (Introduced 11/29/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 11/29/2016 Referred to House Ways and Means.

H.R.6395 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt the spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces from the determination of whether an employer is subject to the employer health insurance mandate.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 11/29/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 11/29/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.