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Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 21, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"We will have the ability to take this floor, and those in the House to take the House floor, and fight against it if you disagree with it and it starts to get 51 votes."
Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness And Entrepreneurship Act Of 2015 May 21, 2015
Kevin McCarthy, R-CA
"Section 50905(c) of title 51, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking paragraph (3); (2) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (8); and (3) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following: “(3) Interim industry voluntary consensus standards report.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, or its successor organization, shall provide a report to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate on the progress of the commercial space transportation industry in developing voluntary consensus standards or any other construction that promotes best practices to improve the industry. Such report shall include, at a minimum— “(A) any voluntary industry consensus standards or any other construction that have been accepted by the industry at large; “(B) the identification of areas that have the potential to become voluntary industry consensus standards or another potential construction that are currently under consideration by the industry at large; “(C) an assessment from the Secretary on the general progress of the industry in adopting voluntary consensus standards or any other construction; “(D) lessons learned about voluntary industry consensus standards or any other construction, best practices, and commercial space launch operations; “(E) any lessons learned associated with the development, potential application, and acceptance of voluntary industry consensus standards or any other construction, best practices, and commercial space launch operations; and “(F) recommendations, findings, or observations from the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, or its successor organization, on the progress of the industry in developing industry consensus standards or any other construction. This report, with the appropriate updates in the intervening periods, shall be transmitted to such committees no later than December 31, 2016, December 31, 2018, December 31, 2020, and December 31, 2022. Each report shall describe and assess the progress achieved as of 6 months prior to the specified transmittal date. “(4) Interim report on knowledge and operational experience.—The Secretary shall provide a report to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the of the Senate on the status of the knowledge and operational experience acquired by the industry while providing flight services for compensation or hire to support the development of a safety framework. Interim reports shall by transmitted to such committees no later than December 31, 2018, December 31, 2020, and December 31, 2022. Each report shall describe and assess the progress achieved as of 6 months prior to the specified transmittal date. “(5) Independent review.—No later than December 31, 2023, an independent, private systems engineering and technical assistance organization or standards development organization contracted by the Secretary shall provide to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate an assessment of the readiness of the commercial space industry and the Federal Government to transition to a safety framework that may include regulations. As part of the review, the contracted organization shall evaluate— “(A) the progress of the commercial space industry in adopting industry voluntary standards or any other construction as reported by the Secretary in the interim assessments included in reports provided under paragraph (4); and “(B) the knowledge and operational experience obtained by the commercial space industry while providing services for compensation or hire as reported by the Secretary in the interim knowledge and operational reports provided under paragraph (4). “(6) Learning period.—Beginning on December 31, 2025, the Secretary may propose regulations under this subsection without regard to paragraph (2)(C) and (D). The development of any such regulations shall take into consideration the evolving standards of the commercial space flight industry as identified through the reports published under paragraphs (3) and (4). “(7) Communication and transparency.—Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the authority of the Secretary of Transportation to discuss potential approaches, potential performance standards, or any other topic related to this subsection with the commercial space industry including observations, findings, and recommendations from the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, or its successor organization, prior to the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking. Such discussions shall not be construed to permit the Secretary to promulgate industry regulations except as otherwise provided in this section.”. "
Executive Session May 21, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"The justifications offered by the Republican majority also miss the bigger picture. The Republican majority is simply holding up judicial nominations for no good reason. Since the beginning of 2015, the number of circuit and district court vacancies has jumped from 40 to 51 vacancies after today’s confirmations. The number of judicial emergencies has doubled, from 12 to now 24 after today’s confirmation of Judge Olvera. The Republican majority is failing to govern responsibly and to fill judicial vacancies where they are needed."
Congressional Role In Trade Policy May 21, 2015
Sander Levin, D-MI
"Second, one of the most critical economic issues facing our country today is growing inequality and a stagnant middle class. Many trade economists believe that trade contributes to that inequality. But some try to downplay that fact by pointing out that other factors may contribute more to the problem, as if that means we should not worry about the impact trade is having. Consider this from Dani Rodrik, a Harvard University economist: “The gains from trade look rather paltry compared to the redistribution of income … In an economy like the U.S., where average tariffs are below 5 percent, a move to complete free trade would reshuffle more than $50 of income among different groups for each dollar of efficiency or `net’ gain created … We are talking about $50 of redistribution for every $1 of aggregate gain. It is as if we give $51 to Adam, only to leave David $50 poorer.”"
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
"Here is how it works: This fast-track bill applies to any trade deal presented to Congress in the next 6 years, which is through the end of the Obama Presidency, through the entirety of the next Presidency, and into the Presidency after that. Fast-track prevents anyone in Congress from offering any amendments to a trade bill. And in the Senate, with fast-track, a trade bill can pass with just 51 votes, not the 60 typically required for major bills."

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