Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House approved the “Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013” (H.R. 592) and the “Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013” (H.R. 267).

Today:

  • The House will consider the rules for consideration of an act to “eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees” (H.R. 273).

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate confirmed a judicial nominee.


Today:

  • The Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Senator Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Ways and Means Committee
“Review of Charitable Tax Deductions”
9:30 a.m.
1100 Longworth

Senate Agriculture Committee
“Drought, Fire and Freeze: The Economics of Disasters for America’s Agricultural Producers”
9:30 a.m.
328A Russell

Senate Appropriations Committee
“Impact of Sequestration”
216 Hart

Senate Finance Committee
“Health Insurance Exchanges: Progress Report”
10:00 a.m.
215 Dirksen

House Appropriations Committee
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
“Fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations”
10:00 a.m.
2362-B Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“SGR: Data, Measures and Models; Building a Future Medicare Physician Payment System”
10:15 a.m.
2123 Rayburn

House Select Intelligence Committee
“Cyber Threats”
10:00 a.m.
HVC-304 Capitol Visitor Center

Senate Banking Committee
“Implementation of Financial System Overhaul”
10:00 a.m.
538 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Budget

H.R.668 : To amend section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, to require that annual budget submissions of the President to Congress provide an estimate of the cost per taxpayer of the deficit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Budget
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

Cybersecurity

H.R.624 : To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select).

Energy and Environment

S.307 : A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.317 : A bill to require the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency to include certain assessments in reports.
Sponsor: Sen Johanns, Mike [NE] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.318 : A bill to rescind funds made available to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency if the Administrator fails to meet certain deadlines.
Sponsor: Sen Johanns, Mike [NE] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.319 : A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide adequate data, modeling, and support in the development of a State implementation plan under the Clean Air Act.
Sponsor: Sen Johanns, Mike [NE] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services

H.R.634 : To provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.645 : To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective and current employees for the purposes of making adverse employment decisions.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.655 : To authorize States to use assistance provided under the Hardest Hit Fund program of the Department of the Treasury to demolish blighted structures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.677 : To exempt inter-affiliate swaps from certain regulatory requirements put in place by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.628 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.
Sponsor: Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (45)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.635 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with community health care providers to improve access to health care for veterans in highly rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.642 : To make clear that an agency outside of the Department of Health and Human Services may not designate, appoint, or employ special consultants, fellows, or other employees under subsection (f) or (g) of section 207 of the Public Health Service Act.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.660 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium to provide grants and coordinate research with respect to the causes of, and risk factors associated with, neuromyelitis optica, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.675 : To extend protections to part-time workers in the areas of employer-provided health insurance, family and medical leave, and pension plans.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Administration; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, House Administration, and 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.676 : To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, 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.313 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the tax treatment of ABLE accounts established under State programs for the care of family members with disabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.323 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for extended months of Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant patients and other renal dialysis provisions.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Immigration

H.R.633 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.639 : To reform immigration detention procedures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, 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.640 : To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to strengthen student visa background checks and improve the monitoring of foreign students in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.292 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a special rule for the period of admission of H-2A nonimmigrants employed as sheepherders, goat herders, or dairy farmers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.293 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.296 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.299 : A bill to prohibit appropriated funds from being used in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.300 : A bill to prohibit the implementation of any program that grants temporary legal status to, or adjusts the status of, any individual who is unlawfully present in the United States until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the US-VISIT system has been fully implemented at every land, sea, and air port of entry.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.301 : A bill to amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.302 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make voting in a Federal election by an unlawfully present alien an aggravated felony and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.303 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Postal Service

H.R.630 : To recalculate and restore retirement annuity obligations of the United States Postal Service, eliminate the requirement that the United States Postal Service pre-fund the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, place restrictions on the closure of postal facilities, create incentives for innovation for the United States Postal Service, to maintain levels of postal service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.316 : A bill to recalculate and restore retirement annuity obligations of the United States Postal Service, to eliminate the requirement that the United States Postal Service prefund the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, to place restrictions on the closure of postal facilities, to create incentives for innovation for the United States Postal Service, to maintain levels of postal service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Tax

H.R.647 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the tax treatment of ABLE accounts established under State programs for the care of family members with disabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (58)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 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.

H.R.649 : To amend title II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program, to provide for cash relief for years for which annual COLAs do not take effect under certain cash benefit programs, and to provide for Social Security benefit protection.
Sponsor: Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 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.

H.R.670 : To amend part B of the title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply deemed enrollment to residents of Puerto Rico and to provide a special enrollment period and a reduction in the late enrollment penalties for certain residents of Puerto Rico.
Sponsor: Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 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.J.RES.27 : Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting the Federal Government from using the power of taxation to compel someone to engage in commercial activity.
Sponsor: Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.297 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for qualified elementary and secondary education tuition.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.307 : A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.308 : A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program, to provide for cash relief for years for which annual COLAs do not take effect under certain cash benefit programs, and to provide for Social Security benefit protection.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.310 : A bill to jump-start economic recovery through the formation and growth of new businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.321 : A bill to reduce the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.637 : To provide for a legal framework for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 2/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.