Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider 16 bills under suspension of the rules and then consider H.R. 5143 – Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016. The Senate will vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.34 – 21st Century Cures. It will then then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to accompany S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • H.R. 756 — “To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide for the dissemination of information regarding available Federal programs relating to energy efficiency projects for schools, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 6375 — “To provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 3381 — “To maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 2873 — “To restore amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from severance payments to individuals who retired or separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 6394 — “To require the Federal Communications Commission to submit to Congress a report on promoting broadband Internet access service for veterans.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED 411 – 4, Roll Call 604
    • H.Res 939 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that access to digital communications tools and connectivity is necessary to prepare youth in the United States to compete in the 21st century economy.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED 414 – 1, Roll Call 605
    • H.Res. 932 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to third-party charges on consumer telephone bills.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 4680 — “To prepare the National Park Service for its Centennial in 2016 and for a second century of promoting and protecting the natural, historic, and cultural resources of our National Parks for the enjoyment of present and future generations, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1219 — “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land and appurtenances of the Arbuckle Project, Oklahoma, to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – VOTE ORDERED
    • H.R. 6401 — “To amend Public Law 94–241 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 817 — “To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 818 — “To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 3028 — “To redesignate the Olympic Wilderness as the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – VOTE ORDERED
    • H.R. 875 — ” To provide for alternative financing arrangements for the provision of certain services and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure at land border ports of entry, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 6416 — ” To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED 419 – 0, Roll Call 606
    • H.R. 5399 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that physicians of the Department of Veterans Affairs fulfill the ethical duty to report to State licensing authorities impaired, incompetent, and unethical health care activities.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 4150 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to modify the hours of employment of physicians and physician assistants employed on a full-time basis by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 4352 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program establishing a patient self-scheduling appointment system, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 3492 — “To designate the Traverse City VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Traverse City, Michigan, as the “Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • S. 3076 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish caskets and urns for burial in cemeteries of States and tribal organizations of veterans without next of kin or sufficient resources to provide for caskets or urns, and for other purposes.”
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Motion to Table H.Res. 828 – “Impeaching John Andrew Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
      • – FAILED 180 – 235, Roll Call 607
    • Motion to Refer H.Res. 828 – “Impeaching John Andrew Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
      • – ADOPTED 342 – 72, Roll Call 607

Today

  • 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 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • H.R. 329 – Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Young / Natural Resources Committee)
    • H.R. 6400 – To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Natural Resources Committee)
    • H.R. 3711 – Chicano Park Preservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Juan Vargas / Natural Resources Committee)
    • H.R. 6435 – To authorize the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with appropriate civilian accreditation entities or appropriate health care evaluation entities to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 5099 – CHIP IN for Vets Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Ashford / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 6076 – TREAT Astronauts Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • H.R. 5790 – Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • House Amendment to S. 2971 – National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • S. 2846 – Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Small Business Committee)
    • H.R. 4298 – Vietnam Helicopter Crew Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Armed Services Committee)
    • H.R. 6130 – Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 4919 – Kevin and Avonte”s Law of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 6431 – Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster / Judiciary Committee)
    • S. 2854 – Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 1219 – Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
    • S. 3028 – Daniel J. Evans Olympic National Park Wilderness Act (Sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell / Natural Resources Committee)
    • H.R. 5143 – Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
      • Rep. Ron DeSantis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • The Senate resumed consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 34 (Cures), post-cloture. No roll call votes or other legislative business took place.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.34, 21st Century Cures Act, post-cloture.
  • By consent, the post-cloture time with respect to the motion to concur with the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.34 will expire at 2:00pm.
  • Following disposition of H.R.34, the Senate will immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to accompany S.2943, NDAA. If cloture is invoked on S.2943, the post-cloture time will be counted as if having been invoked at 1:00am on Wednesday.
  • The time from 3:00pm to 4:00pm will be reserved for tributes to the President of the Senate.
  • Wednesday at 2:00pm – at least 2 roll call votes:
    • Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.34, Cures
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to accompany S.2943, NDAA

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Atlantic
“The Next Drugs: An Atlantic Policy Briefing on Biosimilars”

The Progressive Policy Institute
“Assessing the Medicare Drug Program’s First Decade”

House Financial Services Committee
“Unconventional Monetary Policy”

Securities and Exchange Commission
Small and Emerging Company Advisory Committee

Senate Commerce
Assessing the Security of Our Critical Transportation Infrastructure

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.3508 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from considering the social cost of carbon, the social cost of methane, the social cost of nitrous oxide, or the social cost of any other greenhouse gas in taking any action, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6446 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide private education loan forgiveness for certain borrowers, to require disclosures related to private education loan default rates, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Referred to House Ways and MeansH.R.6434 — 114th Congress (2015-2016).

S.3505 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to require analysis of various bankruptcy proposals in order to determine whether those proposals would reduce systemic risk and moral hazard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Health

H.R.6443 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on opioid manufacturers, to make the funds collected through such tax available for opioid (including heroin) abuse prevention and treatment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Budget
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Referred to House Budget

S.3504 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to implement Medicare payment policies designed to improve management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes without adding to the deficit.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.6445 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend title 38, United States Code, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish, in the event of any war, a war tax to be collected and deposited in a trust fund for the payment of benefits and compensation to veterans of that war.
Sponsor: Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Veterans’ Affairs.
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.6439 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3506 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 12/06/2016) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 12/06/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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