Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House approved two post office naming bills.

Today:

  • The House will consider a bill to “apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries” (H.R. 4105) and the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011” (H.R. 2842).

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate approved a bill to “apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries” (H.R. 4105).


Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the Surface Transportation Bill (S. 1813). A cloture vote on the Reid substitute amendment will be held this afternoon.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Markup of H.R. 3309, the ‘FCC Process Reform Act’ and H.R. 3310, the ‘FCC Consolidated Reporting Act’ and H.R. 452 the ‘Medicare Decisions Accountability Act'”
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn

Senate Finance Committee
“Tax Incentives for Capital Investment and Manufacturing”
10:00 a.m.
215 Dirksen

House Homeland Security Committee
“Visa Overstay Issues”
10:00 a.m.
311 Cannon

House Appropriations Committee
“SEC Budget”
10:00 a.m.
2359 Rayburn

Senate Banking Committee
“Spurring Job Growth through Capital Formation While Protecting Investors, Part II”
10:00 a.m.
538 Dirksen

House Ways and Means Committee
“Impact of the Independent Payment Advisory Board on Medicare”
10:00 a.m.
1100 Longworth

House Appropriations Committee
“FY 2013 Budget”
2:00 p.m.
2358-C Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee
“Markup of Views and Estimates”
2:00 p.m.
2128 Rayburn

House Homeland Security Committee
“The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program: Addressing Its Challenges and Finding a Way Forward”
2:30 p.m.
311 Cannon

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Keeping America Competitive Through Investments in Research and Development”
2:30 p.m.
253 Russell

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Cybersecurity

S.2151 : A bill to improve information security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy

S.2146 : A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to create a market-oriented standard for clean electric energy generation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.4135 : Western Hemisphere Energy Security Act of 2012
Sponsor: Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.4136 : To provide for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas production under oil and gas leases of Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with a drawdown of petroleum reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

H.R.4143 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the period during which transfers of excess pension assets may be made to retiree health accounts and to provide for the transfer of such assets to retiree group term life insurance accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.

Health

H.R.4120 : Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012
Sponsor: Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

H.R.4132 : FAST Act
Sponsor: Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax and Trade

H.R.4123 : Fair Playing Field Act of 2012
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (27)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4127 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exempt certain requests by physicians for consultations by radiation oncologists from the limitation on certain physician referrals under Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.2145 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the Secretary of the Treasury to issue prospective guidance clarifying the employment status of individuals for purposes of employment taxes and to prevent retroactive assessments with respect to such clarifications.
Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2150 : A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to clarify that the value of certain funeral and burial arrangements are not to be considered available resources under the supplemental security income program.
Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2012 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.4134 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that any person who, for a commercial purpose, makes available for consumer use a machine capable of producing tobacco products, is a manufacturer of tobacco products.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4137 : Employee Educational Assistance Act of 2012
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4139 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend permanently the 100 percent exclusion of gain from the sale or exchange of qualified small business stock.
Sponsor: Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4143 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the period during which transfers of excess pension assets may be made to retiree health accounts and to provide for the transfer of such assets to retiree group term life insurance accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.2153 : A bill to apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (22)
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate.
Status: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.