Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2609), making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Consideration is expected to resume today, July 10th.

    • Amendments agreed to:
      • Noem amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Bureau of Reclamation rural water projects by $25,000,000;
      • Hastings amendment that reduces funds in both the Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency account and the Departmental Administration account and redirects funds to the Defense Environmental Cleanup account;
      • Reed amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup by $18,956,000;
      • Schiff amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $20,000,000; and
      • Frelinghuysen amendment that amends section 311 relating to a required report that provides an analysis of alternatives for each major warhead refurbishment program that reaches Phase 6.3.
  • Amendments rejected:
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency activities, Science activities, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by a total of $1,655,900,180;
    • Moran amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2013) that sought to strike section 107, which prohibits funds from being used to implement regulations pertaining to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 311);
    • Moran amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2013) that sought to strike section 112, which prohibits funds from being used to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations in effect on October 1, 2012, pertaining to the definitions of the terms ”fill material” or ”discharge of fill material” for the purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 312);
    • Takano amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2013) that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $245,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 152 ayes to 264 noes, Roll No. 313);
    • Perry amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $31,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 140 ayes to 275 noes, Roll No. 314);
    • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $9,826,370 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 153 ayes to 257 noes, Roll No. 315);
    • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for Science activities of the Department of Energy by $158,309,900 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by $9,500,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Cohen amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $50,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 168 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 316);
    • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $4,751,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 158 ayes to 256 noes, Roll No. 317);
    • Swalwell amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $1,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 201 ayes to 213 noes, Roll No. 318);
    • McClintock amendment that sought to reduce funding for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency; Nuclear Energy; and Fossil Energy Research and Development and apply the $1,543,929,000 in total savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 115 ayes to 300 noes, Roll No. 319);
    • Peters (CA) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $10,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 320);
    • Perlmutter amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $15,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 321);
    • Connolly amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $15,500,000 (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 322);
    • Takano amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $20,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 164 ayes to 252 noes, Roll No. 323);
    • Takano amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $40,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 324);
    • Heck (NV) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Science activities of the Department of Energy by $25,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 81 ayes to 335 noes, Roll No. 325);
    • Butterfield amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $127,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 150 ayes to 266 noes, Roll No. 326);
    • Foster amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Science activities of the Department of Energy by $500,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 143 ayes to 273 noes, Roll No. 327); and
    • Garamendi amendment that sought to redirect $1,000,000 in funding within the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account.
  • Amendment withdrawn:
    • Kelly (PA) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey to lead a multiagency effort to slow the spread of Asian Carp in the Ohio River basin and tributaries.
  • Point of Order sustained against:
    • Castor (FL) amendment that sought to increase funding for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency activities by $1,127,954,000 and require that the amount made available under such heading be allocated between programs, projects, and activities previously funded under the heading ”Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” and programs, projects, and activities previously funded under the heading ”Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability” in the same proportion as such funds were allocated between such accounts in fiscal year 2013 (Representative Castor (FL) appealed the ruling of the Chair and it was agreed by voice vote to sustain the ruling of the Chair);
    • Tonko amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency by $145,000,000; and
    • Brownley (CA) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Non-Defense Environment Cleanup by $5,000,000 (Representative Brownley (CA) appealed the ruling of the Chair and it was agreed by voice vote to sustain the ruling of the Chair).
  • Proceedings Postponed:
    • Hastings (FL) amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Science activities of the Department of Energy by $223,000,000;
    • Garamendi amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $329,000,000;
    • Broun (GA) amendment that seeks to eliminate funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program and apply the $6,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Jackson Lee amendment that seeks to increase funding for Departmental Administration by $1,000,000 and reduce funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration by $1,200,000;
    • Quigley amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration by $23,700,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Heck (NV) amendment that seeks to increase funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration by $14,000,000 and reduce funding for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation by $16,546,000;
    • Polis amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration by $13,072,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Burgess amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation by $48,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
    • Burgess amendment that seeks to strike language allowing the Secretary of Energy to make not more than $48,000,000 available for the purpose of carrying out domestic uranium enrichment research, development, and demonstration activities; and
    • Titus amendment that seeks to strike section 509, which prohibits funds from being used to conduct closure of adjudicatory functions, technical review, or support activities associated with the Yucca Mountain geologic repository license application, or for actions that irrevocably remove the possibility that Yucca Mountain may be a repository option in the future.

 

Today:

  • The House will continue consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Open Rule), (H.R. 2609), which is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of the Appropriations Committee.
    • The rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules.
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment
      • Rep. John Garamendi Amendment
      • Rep. Paul Broun #4 Amendment
      • Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee Amendment
      • Rep. Mike Quigley Amendment
      • Rep. Joe Heck #2 Amendment
      • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment
      • Rep. Michael Burgess #1 Amendment
      • Rep. Michael Burgess #2 Amendment
      • Rep. Dina Titus Amendment

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Keep Student Loans Affordable Act—Agreement, (S. 1238), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the current reduced interest rate for undergraduate Federal Direct Stafford Loans for 1 year, to modify required distribution rules for pension plans.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

 

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to renew consideration of the motion to proceed to the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013, (S.1238).
  • At 12:00pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1238, the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Mark up on Energy and Power Bills”
9:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee
“Impact of Government Bureaucracy on Economy”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

SEC
“Open Meeting”
10:00am, Auditorium, Room L-002

Senate Finance Committee
“Repealing the SGR and the Path Forwards: A View from CMS”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

House Ways and Means Committee
“Delay of Employer Mandate”
10:00am, 1100 Longworth

Senate Special Aging Committee
“Diabetes research: reducing the burden of diabetes at all ages and stages”
2:00pm, G-50 Dirksen

Senate Agriculture Committee
“Foreign Purchases of U.S. Food Companies”
2:30pm, 562 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2629 : To provide an exemption for low-revenue companies from certain SEC regulations.
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 7/9/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1270 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for reform of public and private pension plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 7/9/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2632 : To amend section 399Z-1 of the Public Health Service Act to extend for 5 years the authorization of appropriations for operational grants under the school-based health centers program.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 7/9/2013) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

IMMIGRATION

H.R.2630 : To require a report from the Comptroller General of the United States regarding implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 7/9/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.2631 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to criminalize unlawful presence.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 7/9/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2013 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.

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