Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House failed to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947), to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 286.
    • Rejected the Brownley (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Agriculture with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 285.
  • Agreed to:
    • Polis amendment (No. 37 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The amendment only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law (by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 200 noes, Roll No. 269);
    • Gibson amendment (No. 44 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that strikes the olive oil import restriction contained in section 10010 of the bill (by a recorded vote of 343 ayes to 81 noes with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 273);
    • Goodlatte amendment (No. 99 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that removes Subtitle D Part I–”Dairy Producer Margin Protection and Dairy Market Stabilization Programs” and replaces it with a new ”Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program”. The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of fifty cents. Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketings, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80% at the start of the program and annually thereafter. Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00). The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision (by a recorded vote of 291 ayes to 135 noes with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 278);
    • Radel amendment (No. 49 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 279);
    • Walberg amendment (No. 50 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that strikes the addition of ”natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order (by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 280);
    • Fortenberry amendment (No. 100 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients (by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 282); and
    • Southerland amendment (No. 102 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that applies federal welfare work requirements to the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, at state option (by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 284).
  • Rejected:

    • Brooks (AL) amendment (No. 18 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to terminate funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) after September 30, 2013 (by a recorded vote of 103 ayes to 322 noes, Roll No. 264);
    • Butterfield amendment (No. 25 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to add a section at the end of subtitle A of title IV to include items for personal hygiene for household use in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (by a recorded vote of 123 ayes to 297 noes, Roll No. 265);
    • Marino amendment (No. 26 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to direct the Comptroller General to establish a pilot program within nine states using the data required to be reported for SNAP under the Food and Nutrition Act. After the pilot program ends, the Comptroller General shall determine whether item specific data purchased with SNAP benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements, and how to improve current SNAP reporting (by a recorded vote of 79 ayes to 346 noes, Roll No. 266);
    • Schweikert amendment (No. 30 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to strike the Health Food Financing Initiative (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 267);
    • Tierney amendment (No. 32 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th D616that sought to allow commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program (by a recorded vote of 211 ayes to 215 noes, Roll No. 268);
    • Garamendi amendment (No. 38 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to modify the Forest Legacy program to allow qualified third party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue (by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 270);
    • Marino amendment (No. 41 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to repeal the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels, instead of fossil fuels (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 271);
    • McClintock amendment (No. 43 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to strike Sec. 10003, which is the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (by a recorded vote of 156 ayes to 269 noes, Roll No. 272);
    • Walorski amendment (No. 45 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to continue the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax (by a recorded vote of 197 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 274);
    • Courtney amendment (No. 46 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to add farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops listed in section 3 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004, which would allow these products to be eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance (by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 218 noes, Roll No. 275);
    • Kind amendment (No. 47 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to limit premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12% (by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 276);
    • Carney amendment (No. 48 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to strike section 11012 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 252 noes, Roll No. 277);
    • Conaway amendment (No. 23 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was debated on June 19th that sought to require a 10% reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not authorized (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the request for a recorded vote to the end that the amendment stand rejected in accordance with the previous voice vote thereon);
    • Pitts amendment (No. 98 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to reform the Federal sugar program (by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 281); and
    • Huelskamp amendment (No. 101 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to create additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raise the total reduction in spending to $31 billion (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 283).

     

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  • Rejected:
    • Cornyn Amendment No. 1251, Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS). (By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 159), Senate tabled the amendment.)
  • Pending:
    • Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.
    • Boxer/Landrieu Amendment No. 1240, to require training for National Guard and Coast Guard officers and agents in training programs on border protection, immigration law enforcement, and how to address vulnerable populations, such as children and victims of crime.
    • Cruz Amendment No. 1320, to replace title I of the bill with specific border security requirements, which shall be met before the Secretary of Homeland Security may process applications for registered immigrant status or blue card status and to avoid Department of Homeland Security budget reductions.
    • Leahy (for Reed) Amendment No. 1224, to clarify the physical present requirements for merit-based immigrant visa applicants.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      Chair sustained a point of order against Vitter Amendment No. 1507 (to Amendment No. 1183), to ensure that aliens convicted of crimes of violence against women and children are ineligible for registered provisional immigrant status, as being improperly drafted to Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183 (listed above), and the amendment thus fell.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

There are no hearings being covered today.

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

CYBERSECURITY

S.1193: A bill to require certain entities that collect and maintain personal information of individuals to secure such information and to provide notice to such individuals in the case of a breach of security involving such information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

ENERGY

H.R.2467: To provide that production of all locatable minerals from mining claims located under the general mining laws, or mineral concentrates or products derived from locatable minerals from such mining claims, shall be subject to a royalty of 12.5 percent of the gross income from mining, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-5] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2471: To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to transfer regulatory authority over exports of natural gas from the Secretary of Energy to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.1195: A bill to repeal the renewable fuel standard.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1200 : A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to promote energy efficiency and energy savings in residential buildings.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1205: A bill to reduce energy waste, strengthen energy system resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to assess and implement energy systems that recover and use waste heat and local renewable energy resources.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1206 : A bill to encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1209: A bill to establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1213 : A bill to reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2446 : To replace the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with a five person Commission.

Sponsor: Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2461: To amend the Small Business Act to make permanent the Small Loan Advantage program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.2462 : To amend subsection (a) of section 7 of the Small Business Act to eliminate guarantee fees for loans guaranteed under that subsection where the total loan amount is not more than $150,000.
Sponsor: Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

S.1208: A bill to require 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: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2453: To preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities repealed by section 3204(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 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.2457: To provide for a national public outreach and education campaign to raise public awareness of women’s preventive health.
Sponsor: Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (35)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1198: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for adjustments to Medicare part B and D premiums for high-income beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1204: A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

TAX

H.R.2470: To establish the National Commission on Effective Marginal Tax Rates for Low-Income Families.
Sponsor: Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Agriculture; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Financial Services; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, 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.

 

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.2468: To ensure the safety of all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, children, older individuals, and individuals with disabilities, as they travel on and across federally funded streets and highways.
Sponsor: Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-6] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.2472: To amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to prohibit the preemption of State stalking laws.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 6/20/2013) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

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