Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House approved a bill to “return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the U.S. Treasury” (H.R. 1343) and began consideration of the “Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011” (H.R. 2681).

Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of the “Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011” (H.R. 2681) and take up the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011” (H.R. 2250), regarding EPA rules for industrial boiler emissions.

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the “Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act” (S. 1619).

Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the “Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act” (S. 1619). Votes on cloture and amendments are possible.

Hearing Covered by W&J Today

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Obamacare’s Employer Penalty and Its Impact on Temporary Workers”
9:30 a.m.
2154 Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee
“The Obama Administration’s Response to the Housing Crisis”
9:30 a.m.
2128 Rayburn

MedPAC
Public Meeting
9:45 a.m.

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

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Clean Up of Contamination from Uranium Mining”
10:00 a.m.
406 Dirksen

House Homeland Security Committee
“Homeland Security Impact of Cloud Computing”
10:00 a.m.
311 Cannon

Senate Banking Committee
“The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council”
10:00 a.m.
538 Dirksen

House Financial Services Committee
“The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council”
2:00 p.m.
2128 Rayburn

Senate Indian Affairs Committee
“Internet Infrastructure in Native Communities”
2:15 p.m.
628 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Agriculture


H.R.3107 : To amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to provide producers with the opportunity to purchase crop insurance coverage based on both an individual yield and loss basis and an area yield and loss basis in order to allow producers to cover all or a portion of their deductible under the individual yield and loss policy, to improve the accuracy of actual production history determinations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 10/5/2011)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.3111 : To reform and reauthorize agricultural programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 10/5/2011)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.1658 : A bill to reform and reauthorize agricultural programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] (introduced 10/5/2011)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Energy and Environment

Health

H.R.3095 : Freeze and Investigate Affordable Care Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Judiciary; House Administration; House Appropriations; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, House Administration, Appropriations, and Rules, 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.3102 : To require that every mammography summary delivered to a patient after a mammography examination, as required by section 354 of the Public Health Service Act (commonly referred to as the “Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992”), contain information regarding the patient’s breast density and language communicating that individuals with more dense breasts may benefit from supplemental screening tests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1655 : A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for the annual mailing of statements of Medicare beneficiary part A contributions and benefits in coordination with the annual mailing of Social Security account statements.
Sponsor: Sen Corker, Bob [TN] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1656 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide penalty free distributions from certain retirement plans for mortgage payments with respect to a principal residence and to modify the rules governing hardship distributions.
Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

Jobs

S.1660 : American Jobs Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. 

Labor


H.R.3094 : Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Sponsor: Rep Kline, John [MN-2] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 

Telecom


S.1659 : A bill to return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Treasury of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  

Tax


H.R.3099 : Buffett Rule Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3104 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide penalty free distributions from certain retirement plans for mortgage payments with respect to a principal residence and to modify the rules governing hardship distributions.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Tom [GA-9] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3105 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a surcharge on high income individuals.
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1655 : A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for the annual mailing of statements of Medicare beneficiary part A contributions and benefits in coordination with the annual mailing of Social Security account statements.
Sponsor: Sen Corker, Bob [TN] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1656 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide penalty free distributions from certain retirement plans for mortgage payments with respect to a principal residence and to modify the rules governing hardship distributions.
Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 10/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.