One after another, the Senate turned away proposals on background checks, an assault weapons ban, banning high-capacity clips, preserving gun rights for veterans, and other ideas (scroll down to see the wreckage). Sixty votes were needed on all of these amendments, and none reached that threshold.
— Sen. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoOvernight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes GOP senator: Obama used Zika money for climate fund Member of Senate GOP leadership to lead platform committee MORE (R-Wyo.), to withhold federal funds for states that disclose gun owners' information, and
— Sens. Tom HarkinTom HarkinDo candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? The Hill's 12:30 Report Mark Mellman: Parsing the primary processes MORE (D-Iowa) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (R-Tenn.) to expand federal mental health programs. This bipartisan proposal probably has the best chance of passage.
After caucus lunches, the Senate will hold a vote at 2 p.m. on two judicial nominations. They are Analisa Torres to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and Derrick Watson to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii.
The House will start legislative work at 10 a.m., and will consider up to seven more amendments to H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This bill is aimed at letting companies share information about cyber threats with the government.
A key concern among opponents is that the bill might give the government access to private consumer information. Republicans on Wednesday agreed to vote on language meant to assuage people that this will not happen — among other things, it directs civilian federal agencies to set up entities to receive this information from companies, so that it does not go directly to the military.
The House is expected to pass the bill sometime in the early afternoon, after which it will be done for the week.