Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 345. Consideration of the measure began July 9th.
    • Rejected motion:
      • The Schneider motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 344.
    • Amendments agreed to:
      • Burgess amendment (No. 17 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that prohibits funds from being used to implement or enforce section 430.32(x) of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations or to implement or enforce the standards established by the tables contained in section 325(I)(1)(B) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to BPAR incandescent reflector lamps, BR incandescent reflector lamps, and ER incandescent reflector lamps;
      • Meadows amendment that prohibits funds from being used to pay the salary of individuals appointed to their current position through, or to otherwise carry out, paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 5503(a) of title 5, United States Code;
      • Scalise amendment that prohibits funds from being used within the borders of the State of Louisiana by the Mississippi Valley Division or the Southwestern Division of the Army Corps of Engineers or any district of the Corps within such divisions to implement or enforce the mitigation methodology, referred to as the ”Modified Charleston Method”;
      • Blackburn amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Energy to finalize, implement, or enforce the proposed rule entitled ”Energy Conservation Standards Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits” and identified by regulation identification number 1904-AC87;
      • Higgins amendment (No. 31 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that prohibits funds from being used to relocate or consolidate general and administrative functions, personnel, or resources of the Buffalo and Chicago Districts of the Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division;
      • Walberg amendment (No. 32 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that prohibits funds from being used to carry out section 801 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007;
      • Grayson amendment (No. 14 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that prohibits funds from being used to enter into a contract with any offeror or any of its principals if that offeror has, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against it for commission of a fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or State antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal tax laws, or receiving stolen property;
      • Scalise amendment that increases funding, by offset, for construction activities of the Army Corps of Engineers by $2,000,000;
      • Lynch amendment that increases funding, by offset, for construction activities of the Army Corps of Engineers by $20,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 217 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 338);
      • Gosar amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Energy for any program, project, or activity required by or otherwise proposed in the memorandum from Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, to the Power Marketing Administrators with the subject line ”Power Marketing Administrations’ Role” and dated March 16, 2012;
      • Turner amendment that prohibits funds from being used to reduce the active and inactive nuclear weapons stockpiles of the United States in contravention of section 303(b) of the Arms Control and Disarmament Act;
      • Engel amendment that prohibits funds from being used to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles for any executive fleet, or for an agency’s fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum–Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011;
      • Garcia amendment that increases funding, by offset, for construction activities of the Corps of Engineers by $1,000,000;
      • Luetkemeyer amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the study of the Missouri River Projects authorized in section 108 of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009;
      • Luetkemeyer amendment that prohibits funds from being used to continue the study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to section 5018(a)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007;
      • Noem amendment that prohibits funds from being used to issue rules or regulations to establish a fee for surplus water from Missouri River reservoirs;
      • Kelly (PA) amendment (No. 20 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that prohibits funds from being used to develop or submit a proposal to expand the authorized uses of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund described in section 9505(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
      • LaMalfa amendment that prohibits funds from being used to regulate activities identified in subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 404(f)(1) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
      • King (IA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used for sediment or soil dumping into the Missouri River;
      • Flores amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547 of July 19, 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 43023, relating to the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes);
      • Flores amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; and
      • Fleming amendment that prohibits funds from being used to pay the salary of any officer or employee to carry out section 301 of the Hoover Power Plant act of 1984, added by section 402 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 340).
    • Rejected amendments:
      • Barrow amendment (No. 26 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that sought to prohibit funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce any authority, in any preceding provision of this Act, to use funds for the purchase or hire of motor vehicles;
      • Hastings (FL) amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Science activities of the Department of Energy by $223,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 156 ayes to 266 noes, Roll No. 328);
      • Garamendi amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $329,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 155 ayes to 266 noes, Roll No. 329);
      • Broun (GA) amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to eliminate funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program and apply the $6,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 165 ayes to 252 noes, Roll No. 330);
      • Jackson Lee amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 331);
      • Quigley amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 332);
      • Heck (NV) amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 86 ayes to 338 noes, Roll No. 333);
      • Bass amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce, with respect to hydraulic fracturing operations in the Inglewood Oil Field (1) the exclusion in section 1421(d)(1)(B) of the Safe Drinking Water Act; (2) section 261.4(b)(5) of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations; or (3) the limitation in section 402(l)(2) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the request for a recorded vote to the end that the amendment stand rejected in accordance with the voice vote thereon);
      • Polis amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 334);
      • Burgess amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to reduce funding for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation by $48,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 114 ayes to 308 noes, Roll No. 335);
      • Burgess amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 131 ayes to 291 noes, Roll No. 336);
      • Titus amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 87 ayes to 337 noes, Roll No. 337);
      • Ben Ray Lujan amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for construction activities of the Corps of Engineers by $15,000,000;
      • Grayson amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies by $10,000,000;
      • Whitfield amendment that sought to prohibit funds under the heading Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency from being used for wind energy programs (by a recorded vote of 94 ayes to 329 noes, Roll No. 339);
      • Garamendi amendment (No. 28 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2013) that sought to increase funding, by offset, for construction activities of the Corps of Engineers by $100,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 170 ayes to 253 noes, Roll No. 341);
      • Speier amendment that sought to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $30,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 342); and
      • Chabot amendment that sought to reduce the funding levels for the ”Appalachian Regional Commission”, the ”Delta Regional Authority”, the ”Denali Commission”, the ”Northern Border Regional Commission”, and the ”Southeast Crescent Regional Commission” to $0 (by a recorded vote of 147 ayes to 273 noes, Roll No. 343).
    • Withdrawn amendment:
      • Nugent amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited funds from being used to bring an action against the United States.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Butterfield amendment that sought to express the sense of Congress that the Army Corps of Engineers should take into consideration and prioritize emergency operations, repairs, mitigation activities, and other activities in response to or in anticipation of any flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster when evaluating construction projects and
      • Bridenstine amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used by the Corps of Engineers to set water storage prices for municipal use for a nonhydropower lake constructed by the Corps above the price that was set at the time of the completion of the lake.

 

Today:

  • The House will continue consideration of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Agriculture Committee).

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act 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.
    • During consideration of this measure yesterday, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 171), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
      • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

 

Today:

  • Senator Reid is expected to renew the motion to proceed to the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013 (S.1238).

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

Senate Appropriations
“Mark up on Fiscal 2014 Appropriations”
10:00am, 106 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“Mitigating Systemic Financial Risk”
11:00am, 538 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.2642 : Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] (introduced 7/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2013 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 295 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2642 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.

 

ENERGY

S.1273 : A bill to establish a partnership between States that produce energy onshore and offshore for our country with the Federal Government.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 7/10/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2651 : To improve the understanding and coordination of critical care health services.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 7/10/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2013 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.

S.1272 : A bill to provide that certain requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act do not apply if the American Health Benefit Exchanges are not operating on October 1, 2013.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 7/10/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1277 : A bill to establish a commission for the purpose of coordinating efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 7/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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