Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House approved a resolution of disapproval of “the President’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit” (H.J. Res. 77) and began consideration of the “U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2011” (H.R. 2867).

Today:

  • The House will consider the “Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act” (H.R. 2587) and hold a postponed vote on the International Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 2867).

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the Burma sanctions resolution (H.J. Res. 66).

Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the Burma sanctions resolution (H.J. Res. 66). It is possible that the Senate will also begin consideration of the “Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011” (H.R. 2887), which was approved by the House earlier this week.

Hearing Covered by W&J Today

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule”
9:30 a.m.
2318 Rayburn

Senate Finance Committee
“Tax Overhaul Options”
10:00 a.m.
215 Dirksen

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Markup of Judiciary Bills and Nominations”
10:00 a.m.
226 Dirksen

House Financial Services Committee
“Legislative Proposals to Improve and Enhance the Securities and Exchange Commission”
10:00 a.m.
2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Cutting the Red Tape: Saving Jobs from PPACA’s Harmful Regulations”
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn

Hudson Institute
“Medicare Part D Drug Benefit: Five Years Later – Is It Working?”
12:00 p.m.
1015 15th St NW

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Markup of FY 2011 Appropriations for Defense and Justice, Commerce and Federal Science-Related Programs and Activities”
2:00 p.m.
106 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Deficit Reduction and Job Creation

H.R.2914 : To create an emergency jobs program that will fund 2,242,000 positions during fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (40)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Agriculture; House Judiciary; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Agriculture, the Judiciary, Science, Space, and Technology, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.2917 : To restore State sovereignty, and to dedicate excess grant funds to deficit reduction.
Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.2920 : To establish the Detroit Jobs Trust Fund.
Sponsor: Rep Clarke, Hansen [MI-13] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Energy

H.R.2915 : To repeal the Western Area Power Administration borrowing authority, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1556 : A bill to require an accounting for financial support made to promote the production or use of renewable energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

For more information about energy and environment issues you may email or call Frank Vlossak at 202-659-8201.

Financial Services

H.R.2930 : To amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowdfunded securities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

For more information about financial services issues you may email or call Joel Oswald at 202-659-8201.

Labor

H.R.2926 : To abolish the National Labor Relations Board and to transfer its enforcement authority to the Department of Justice and its oversight of elections to the Office of Labor-Management Standards of the Department of Labor.
Sponsor: Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Health

H.R.2925 : To establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

S.1553 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to facilitate emergency medical services personnel training and certification curriculums for military veterans.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1560 : A bill to enhance access to controlled substances for residents of institutional long-term care facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kohl, Herb [WI] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

H.R.2911 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the corporate income tax.
Sponsor: Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2920 : To establish the Detroit Jobs Trust Fund.
Sponsor: Rep Clarke, Hansen [MI-13] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.2931 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to eliminate the statutory cap on the public debt and to place limitations on the purposes for which public debt may be issued.
Sponsor: Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2934 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the treatment of certain retirement plan contributions picked up by governmental employers.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1557 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand personal savings and retirement savings coverage by allowing employees not covered by qualified retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRAs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1558 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply payroll taxes to remuneration and earnings from self-employment up to the contribution and benefit base and to remuneration in excess of $250,000.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

For more information about tax issues you may email or call Christopher Hatcher at 202-659-8201.

Transportation

H.R.2924 : To expedite the deployment of highway construction projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.