Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • Under suspension of the rules, the House approved the “Government Accountability Office Improvement Act” (H.R. 1162), the “District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act” (H.R. 1246), and the “Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013” (H.R. 882). The House voted against the “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013” (H.R. 249).

Today:

  • Under suspension of the rules, the House will consider the “Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013” (H.R. 1163), the “Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013” (H.R. 756), and the “Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013” (H.R. 967).

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate confirmed a judicial nominee.


Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the gun control legislation, the “Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013” (S. 649).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

Securities and Exchange Commission
“Fixed Income Markets Roundtable”
8:30 a.m.
100 F St NE

House Appropriations Committee
“FY14 Appropriations: Department of Transportation”
10:00 a.m.
2358-A Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“A Continuing Investigation into the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Whether it Could have Been Prevented”
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn

House Appropriations Committee
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA
“FY14 Budget: Department of Agriculture”
10:00 a.m.
2362-A Rayburn

Senate Finance Committee
“Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward with Solutions”
10:00 a.m.
215 Dirksen

Senate HELP Committee
“The Challenge of College Affordability: The Student Lens”
10:00 a.m.
430 Dirksen

House Financial Services Committee
“Dodd-Frank Authorization and Financial Institutions”
2:00 p.m.
2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Markup of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act
2:00 p.m.
2123 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Education

H.R.1527 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1529 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to exempt certain State-provided loan programs from being subject to preferred lender arrangement requirements.
Sponsor: Rep Castro, Joaquin [TX-20] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Energy

H.R.1524 : To require 85 percent domestic content in green technologies purchased by Federal agencies or by States with Federal funds and in property eligible for the renewable energy production or investment tax credits.
Sponsor: Rep Garamendi, John [CA-3] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

Financial Services

H.R.1538 : To provide incentives to encourage financial institutions and small businesses to provide continuing financial education to customers, borrowers, and employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.1551 : To amend the Consumer Credit Protection Act to assure meaningful disclosures of the terms of rental-purchase agreements, including disclosures of all costs to consumers under such agreements, to provide certain substantive rights to consumers under such agreements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1553 : To improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (27)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1564 : To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to prohibit the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from requiring public companies to use specific auditors or require the use of different auditors on a rotating basis.
Sponsor: Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1566 : To create a Federal charter for Internet consumer credit corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.727 : A bill to improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.1531 : To require that health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies, lumpectomies, and lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer and coverage for secondary consultations.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (74)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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.1549 : To amend Public Law 111-148 to transfer fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2016 funds from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to carry out the temporary high risk health insurance pool program for individuals with preexisting conditions, and to extend access to such program to such individuals who have had creditable coverage during the 6 months prior to application for coverage through such program.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1558 : To lower health premiums and increase choice for small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Chris [NY-27] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 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.R.1559 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide health care practitioners in rural areas with training in preventive health care, including both physical and mental care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gabbard, Tulsi [HI-2] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.723 : A bill to require the Commissioner of Social Security to revise the medical and evaluation criteria for determining disability in a person diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for individuals disabled by Huntington’s Disease.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.726 : Rural Preventive Health Care Training Act of 2013
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Immigration

H.R.1525 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to comprehensively reform immigration law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, 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.1562 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to simplify the petitioning procedure for H-2A workers, to expand the scope of the H-2A program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

H.R.1522 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for the expansion of manufacturing in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1524 : To require 85 percent domestic content in green technologies purchased by Federal agencies or by States with Federal funds and in property eligible for the renewable energy production or investment tax credits.
Sponsor: Rep Garamendi, John [CA-3] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.1527 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1532 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a program to populate downloadable tax forms with taxpayer return information.
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1552 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the transfer of required minimum distributions from a retirement plan to a health savings account.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1554 : To restrict the use of offshore tax havens and abusive tax shelters to inappropriately avoid Federal taxation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (53)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.1555 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce international tax avoidance and restore a level playing field for American businesses.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1556 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent corporations from exploiting tax treaties to evade taxation of United States income.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1568 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for adjustments in the individual income tax rates to reflect regional differences in the cost-of-living.
Sponsor: Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1569 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1570 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the regulation of tax return preparers.
Sponsor: Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1571 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for taxpayers making donations with their returns of income tax to the Federal Government to pay down the public debt.
Sponsor: Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.720 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for taxpayers making donations with their returns of income tax to the Federal Government to pay down the public debt.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.722 : A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to study the feasibility of providing certain taxpayers with an optional pre-prepared tax return, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.725 : Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.728 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees’ spouses and dependent children to coverage provided to other eligible designated beneficiaries of employees.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Telecom

S.721 : A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require a provider of a commercial mobile service or an IP-enabled voice service to provide call location information concerning the user of such a service to law enforcement agencies in order to respond to a call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves risk of death or serious physical harm.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 4/15/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 4/15/2013 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Transportation

H.R.1539 : To provide for certain tunnel life safety and rehabilitation projects for Amtrak.
Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1544 : To promote transportation-oriented development and encourage dedicated revenue sources for urban and regional rail corridor development.
Sponsor: Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] (introduced 4/12/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2013 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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