Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House Agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013: H.R. 1896, to amend part D of title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure that the United States can comply fully with the obligations of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 27 nays;
    • Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines: H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines; and
    • Directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly: H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas with none voting ”nay”.
  • The House passed H.R. 1797 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act), to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 196 nays.
  • The House began consideration of H.R. 1947 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013), to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018.

     

Today:

  • The House plans to continue consideration of H.R. 1947 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas/ Agriculture Committee). 103 amendments have been offered.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  • Adopted:
    • Landrieu Amendment No. 1222, to apply the amendments made by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 retroactively to all individuals adopted by a citizen of the United States in an international adoption and to repeal the pre-adoption parental visitation requirement for automatic citizenship and to amend section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to automatic citizenship for children born outside of the United States who have a United States citizen parent. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
    • By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. 153), Tester Amendment No. 1198, to modify the Border Oversight Task Force to include tribal government officials. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmative votes, be agreed to.)
  • Rejected:
    • By 39 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 151), Thune Amendment No. 1197, to require the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
    • By 36 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 152), Vitter Amendment No. 1228, to prohibit the temporary grant of legal status to, or adjustment to citizenship status of, any individual who is unlawfully present in the United States until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the US-VISIT System (a biometric border check-in and check-out system first required by Congress in 1996) has been fully implemented at every land, sea, and air port of entry and Congress passes a joint resolution, under fast track procedures, stating that such integrated entry and exit data system has been sufficiently implemented. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
  • Pending:
    • Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the following amendments be in order to be called up and that they not be subject to modification or division, with the exception of the technical modifications to the Merkley and Paul amendments contained in this agreement: Manchin Amendment No. 1268; Pryor Amendment No. 1298; Merkley Modified Amendment No. 1237; Boxer Amendment No. 1240; Reed Amendment No. 1224; Cornyn Amendment No. 1251; Lee Amendment No. 1208; Paul Modified Amendment No. 1200; Heller Amendment No. 1227; and Cruz Amendment No. 1320; that no second-degree amendments be in order to any of these amendments prior to votes on or in relation to the amendments.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
  • The following amendments are the next amendments in order to be called up to S.744:
    • Manchin amendment #1268 (border security contractor salaries);
    • Pryor amendment #1298 (recruitment of former Armed Forces members for Customs and Border Protection)
    • Merkley amendment #1237, as modified (H2-B nonimmigrants);
    • Boxer amendment #1240 (National Guard/Coast Guard training);
    • Reed amendment #1224 (merit-based immigrant visa applicants)
    • Cornyn amendment #1251 (Statement of Congressional findings);
    • Lee amendment #1208 (Fast-track approval of border security);
    • Paul amendment #1200, as modified (border security enhancements);
    • Heller amendment #1227 (Nevada representative on Southern Border Security Commissions); and
    • Cruz amendment #1320 (border security)

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Energy & Commerce Committee
“Energy and Commerce Bills”
10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

Senate Commerce Committee
“Passenger and Freight Rail Safety”
10:00 a.m., 253 Russell

House Financial Services Committee
“Financial Services and Regulatory bills”
10:00 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

House Judiciary Committee
“H.R. 1773, the “Agricultural Guestworker Act”
1:00 p.m., 2141 Rayburn

Senate Special Aging Committee
“Social Security Payments Go Paperless: Protecting Seniors from Fraud and Confusion”
2:00 p.m., 366 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.2421: To provide biorefinery assistance eligibility to renewable chemicals projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

ENERGY

H.R.2417: To amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense and well-being of the United States against natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse (“EMP”) threats and vulnerabilities.
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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.2419: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide coverage under such Act for credit cards issued to small businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1176: A bill to impose a fine with respect to international remittance transfers if the sender is unable to verify legal status in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1177: A bill to authorize the Moving to Work Charter program to enable public housing agencies to improve the effectiveness of Federal housing assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1179: A bill to improve the coordination of export promotion programs and to facilitate export opportunities for small businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2410: Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
House Reports: 113-116
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 82.

H.R.2415 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include information on the coverage of intensive behavioral therapy for obesity in the Medicare and You Handbook and to provide for the coordination of programs to prevent and treat obesity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 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.2425 : To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to provide protection for company-provided retiree health benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

S.1180: A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for the public availability of Medicare claims data.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

S.1181: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain stock of real estate investment trusts from the tax on foreign investments in United States real property interests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 6/18/2013) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.