Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of the Success Act, H.R. 5, to support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, and inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools. Consideration is expected to resume today, July 19th.
  • Amendments agreed to:
    • Kline manager’s amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that clarifies that a state opting not to receive funds for a program under the Act shall not be required to carry out any of the requirements of such program and that states and school districts can support civics education efforts, and makes other technical improvements;
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that states that if funding for awards to states is not sufficient then funding will be targeted to schools serving neglected, delinquent, migrant students, English learners, at-risk students, and Native Americans, to increase academic achievements of such students;
    • Bentivolio amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that requires State educational agencies to consult with private sector employers and entrepreneurs as part of its education plan. It also requires the Secretary to have representatives from private sector employers appointed to the peer-review process by reducing practitioners from 75 percent to 65 percent;
    • Reed amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that clarifies that LEA’s and SEA’s are able to use multiple measures when identifying academic performance measurements instead of the current one-size-fits-all testing assessments;
    • Benishek amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that encourages states to include the number of students attaining career and technical education proficiencies enrolled in public secondary schools, in its annual State report card. This information is already required to be collected by the Perkins Act, and would simply streamline access to information to the public;
    • Heck (NV) amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that provides LEAs with the option of entering into partnerships or contracts with other entities to implement programs that serve youth in, or transitioning out of, institutions and correctional facilities, and youth at-risk of dropping out of school. This will provide LEAs with the option to partner with organizations that have the existing experience and resources to enhance the effectiveness of services provided by school districts to vulnerable populations through the Neglected/Delinquent program in an integrated fashion;
    • Moore amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that delays implementation of new Title II formula until the Secretary of Education determines that the implementation will not reduce funding for schools serving high percentages of students in poverty;
    • Bishop (UT) amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that eliminates Subsection C of Section 2111, which allows grant money to bypass states and go directly from the Department of Education to local districts;
    • Scalise amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that states that under Title II in H.R. 5 there would be no federal mandate for States to conduct teacher evaluations (agreed by unanimous consent to vacate the request for a recorded vote on the Scalise amendment to the end that the Chair put the question de novo);
    • Young (AK) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that restores, and makes policy improvements to, educational support programs for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students which are currently authorized under Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and would be diminished by H.R. 5, the Student Success Act (by a recorded vote of 263 ayes to 161 noes, Roll No. 367);
    • Luetkemeyer amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that expresses the sense of the Congress that States and local education agencies should maintain the rights and responsibilities of determining curriculum and assessments for elementary and secondary education (by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 368);
    • Meehan amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that ensures that greater authority and governance are restored to local educational agencies as delegated by their States. It also ensures that the Secretary of Education does not impose any additional requirements or burdens on local educational agencies unless explicitly authorized by federal law (by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 369);
    • Brooks (IN) amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that clarifies that federal funds may be used for computer science education;
    • Polis amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that allows charter schools to use grant funds for teacher preparation, professional development, and improving school conditions; ensures that charter schools expand outreach to low-income and underserved populations;
    • Velazquez amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that requires that applicants consider how to target their services to low-income students and parents, including low-income students and parents who are not proficient in English; and
    • Broun (GA) amendment (No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that requires the Secretary of Education to include in their report to Congress the average salary of employees who were determined to be associated with eliminated or consolidated programs or projects by the underlying legislation and a report on the average salaries of the employees of the Department according to their job function.
  • Withdrawn:

    • Cardenas amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased the authorized funding level to $775,000,000 until FY 2019;

    • McMorris Rodgers amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reinstated the 1 percent cap as it relates to students with the most significant cognizant disabilities participating in the alternate assessments; ensure alternate assessments are tied to academic content standards for grade in which student enrolled; and ensure parents are involved in the development of assessments as it relates to the student’s individualized education program;

    • Tonko amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reserved 10% of existing grant funding under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund for competitive subgrants that would allow organizations with STEM expertise to provide STEM professional development and instructional materials throughout the state for elementary and secondary education;

    • Mullin amendment (No. 19 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have struck language in the bill that allows consolidated districts to be eligible for payment if they do not qualify after consolidation; struck language allowing for mid-year adjustment for student counts; and made the 8007 Construction Program a competitive grant program; and

    • Garrett amendment (No. 20 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have clarified that states that opt out of receiving funds, or are not awarded funds, under this Act are not required to carry out any of the requirements of the programs under this Act. The amendment also clarified that states are not required to participate in any program under this Act.

 

 

Today:

  • The House will Complete Consideration of the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule)
    (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee). The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following remaining amendments:
    • Rep. John Culberson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Fitzpatrick / Meehan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #24 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Cantor / Bishop Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. George Miller Substitute Amendment (20 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Senate passed the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, the text of S. 954, Senate companion measure, as amended.
    • Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees with a ratio of 7:5 on the part of the Senate.
  • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1243, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, July 18, 2013, a vote on cloture will occur at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and Senate vote on the motion to proceed; that if the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill is adopted, the text of H.R. 2610, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee, be deemed House passed text for the purposes of Rule XVI.
  • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Thomas Edward Perez, of Maryland, to be Secretary of Labor, by 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 178).
    • Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, by 59 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. EX. 180),
      • During consideration of this nomination yesterday, Senate also took the following action: By 69 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 179), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

 

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Tuesday July 23, 2013.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

None

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

APPROPRIATIONS

S.1329 : An original bill making appropriations for Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 113-78
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 141.
 

EDUCATION

S.1334 : A bill to establish student loan interest rates, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Introduced in the Senate. Read twice. Ordered Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 142.
 

ENERGY

H.R.2728 : To recognize States’ authority to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1319 : A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of Energy to conduct a fuel system requirements harmonization study, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1324 : A bill to prohibit any regulations promulgated pursuant to a presidential memorandum relating to power sector carbon pollution standards from taking effect.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2733 : To prohibit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from purchasing, the FHA from insuring, and the Department of Agriculture from guaranteeing, making, or insuring, a mortgage that is secured by a residence or residential structure located in a county in which the State has used the power of eminent domain to take a residential mortgage.
Sponsor: Rep Campbell, John [CA-45] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1331 : A bill to extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

HEALTH

S.1327 : A bill to make enrollment in health benefits plans under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program available to employees of qualified employers when fewer than 2 qualified health plans are offered through the Small Business Health Options Program.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1330 : A bill to delay the implementation of the employer responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

H.R.2732 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a waiver of minimum required distribution rules applicable to pension plans for 2013 and 2014.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2740 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the identification of corporate tax haven countries and increased penalties for tax evasion practices in haven countries that ship United States jobs overseas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

S.1325 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the small employer health insurance credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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