Today’s Daily Update

The House and Senate will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to count the electoral ballots for the President and Vice-President of the United States.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 22 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 26) to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 11) objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes.”
      • – ADOPTED 235 – 188, Roll Call No. 9
    • H. Res. 22 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 26) to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 11) objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes.”
      • – ADOPTED 231 – 187, Roll Call No. 10
    • H. Res. 11 – “Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes.”
      • – ADOPTED 342 – 80, Roll Call No. 11
    • H.R. 26 — “To amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law.”
      • – PASSED 237 – 187, Roll Call No. 23
    • Democrat Motion to Recommit
      • – FAILED 190 – 235, Roll Call No. 22
    • Goodlatte (R-VA) – Amendment No. 1 – “Manager’s Amendment Classifies as major rules those rules that impose on the economy $100 million or more in costs per year, adjusted for inflation.”
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Messer (R-IN) – Amendment No. 2 – “Requires agencies, when promulgating new rules, to identify and repeal or amend existing rules to fully offset new rules’ annual costs to the economy.”
      • – ADOPTED 235 – 185, Roll Call No. 12
    • Grijalva (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 3 – “Exempts from the bill rules that would increase carbon emissions or specified adverse health impacts in low-income or rural communities; inserts into the bill extraneous findings regarding climate change and human causes.”
      • – REJECTED 193 – 230, Roll Call No. 13
    • Castor (D-FL) – Amendment No. 4 – “Exempts from the bill rules that will result in reduced incidence of cancer, premature mortality, asthma attacks, or respiratory disease in children.”
      • – REJECTED 190 – 233, Roll Call No. 14
    • Cicilline (D-RI) – Amendment No. 5 – “Exempts from the bill rules pertaining to the protection of public health or safety.”
      • – REJECTED 186 – 232, Roll Call No. 15
    • Conyers (D-MI) – Amendment No. 6 – “Exempts from the bill rules that provide for the reduction of lead in public drinking water.”
      • – REJECTED 192 – 231, Roll Call No. 16
    • Johnson (D-GA) on behalf of Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 7 – “Exempts from the bill product safety rules for products used or consumed by children under 2 years of age.”
      • – REJECTED 190 – 234, Roll Call No. 17
    • Johnson (D-GA) – Amendment No. 8 – “Exempts from the bill rules that improve employment, retention, and wages of workforce participants, including those with significant barriers to employment.”
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Nadler (D-NY) – Amendment No. 9 – “Exempts from the bill rules pertaining to nuclear reactor safety standards.”
      • – REJECTED 194 – 231, Roll Call No. 18
    • McNerney (D-CA) on behalf of Pallone (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 10 – “Exempts from the bill rules pertaining to the safety of natural gas and hazardous materials pipelines, including rules related to pipeline spills.”
      • – REJECTED 190 – 235, Roll Call No. 19
    • Scott (D-VA) – Amendment No. 11 – “Exempts from the bill Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration rules intended to prevent or reduce the incidence of traumatic injury, cancer, or irreversible lung disease.”
      • – REJECTED 193 – 232, Roll Call No. 20
    • King (R-IA) – Amendment No. 12 – “Establishes procedures for agencies and Congress to comprehensively review existing federal rules and sunset unnecessary rules.”
      • – ADOPTED 230 – 193, Roll Call No. 21

Today

  • The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to count the electoral ballots for the President and Vice-President of the United States.

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes:
    • Motion to waive the budget act with respect to Kaine-Murphy SA#8; not agreed to: 48-52.
  • Legislative Business:
    • Agreed to S.Res.7, to constitute the majority party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress.
    • Agreed to S.Res.8, to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:45pm on Friday, January 6, 2017.
  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will stand in recess, to then proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives under the provisions of S.Con.Res.2, for the counting of the electoral ballots.
  • Upon dissolution of the Joint Session, the Senate will stand adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, January 9, 2017.
  • On Monday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.3, FY2017 budget resolution.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the Paul amendment #1. Further votes on Monday are possible.
  • Monday at 5:30pm – at least 1 roll call vote
  • Paul amendment #1 (substitute)
  • Tuesday at 2:30pm – at least 1 roll call vote
  • Sanders amendment #19 (social security, Medicare, Medicaid)
  • Amendments pending to S.Con.Res.3, FY2017 Budget Resolution
  • Paul SA #1 (substitute)
  • Sanders SA #19 (no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid)
  • Hirono SA #20 (protecting Medicare and Medicaid)

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.338 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce.

H.R.306 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna [R-CA-18] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.318 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to require any person subject to accounting principles or standards under the securities laws to show all transactions of such person on the balance sheet of such person.
Sponsor: Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.317 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to require that repurchase-to-maturity transactions be treated as secured borrowings.
Sponsor: Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. 

H.R.316 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To protect investors in futures contracts.
Sponsor: Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

 

Health

H.R.335 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide parity among States in the timing of the application of higher Federal Medicaid matching rates for the ACA-expansion population.
Sponsor: Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.329 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for expenses for household and elder care services necessary for gainful employment.
Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.326 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium to provide grants and coordinate research with respect to the causes of, and risk factors associated with, neuromyelitis optica, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.325 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To expand and enhance existing adult day programs for younger people with neurological diseases or conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, or other similar diseases or conditions) to support and improve access to respite services for family caregivers who are taking care of such people, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.324 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a higher Federal matching rate for increased expenditures under Medicaid for mental and behavioral health services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.315 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to distribute maternity care health professionals to health professional shortage areas identified as in need of maternity care health services.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.314 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce.
Sponsor: Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce.

H.R.309 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to foster more effective implementation and coordination of clinical care for people with a complex metabolic or autoimmune disease, a disease resulting from insulin deficiency or insulin resistance, or complications caused by such a disease, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.304 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act with regard to the provision of emergency medical services.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to House Judiciary.

S.48 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for the purchasing of hearing aids.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.46 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to strengthen intensive cardiac rehabilitations programs under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.41 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.341 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for start-up expenditures for business for 2017 and 2018.
Sponsor: Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.308 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
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 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.296 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude major professional sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.47 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill 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: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.40 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: 01/05/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.