Today’s Daily Update



  • The House passed the Student 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, by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 207 noes, Roll No. 374. Consideration of the measure began on July 18th.
    • Rejected motion: the Kuster motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 373.
    • Amendments agreed to:
      • Fitzpatrick amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that provides a funding condition that for a state or local educational agency to be eligible for funds, agency personnel cannot facilitate the transfer of an employee if they know, or have probable cause to believe, that the employee has engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor. Agencies must also require employees be subjected to background checks in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act;
      • Cantor amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that allows Title I funds to follow students to other public schools or charter schools, upon the state opting to allow it; and
      • Culberson amendment (No. 22 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that empowers States by giving them the opportunity to accept or reject federal grant money. Grant money rejected by State legislatures would be dedicated to paying off our outstanding national debt (by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 196 noes, Roll No. 370).
    • Amendments rejected:
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 24 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that sought to create a report containing recommendations regarding the advisability of authorizing a state education authority to close a school district over the opposition of a locally elected school board, and regarding best practices governing the exercise of authority by a state education agency in monitoring, supervising and controlling under-performing school districts with particular emphasis on rural and underserved school districts (by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 371) and
      • George Miller substitute amendment (No. 26 printed in H. Rept. 113-158) that sought to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to maintain the civil rights and equity focus of the law and to ensure all students have access to an education that prepares them for college and the workforce. Supports all students, and in particular those who are historically disadvantaged, through access to high quality state-developed standards, a meaningful but flexible accountability and school improvement system, improved and targeted professional development and working conditions for teachers and school leaders, additional learning time and after-school programs, and dedicated supports for wrap-around services for students and a well-rounded education (by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 372).




  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 697 – Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Heck / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1300 – To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jon Runyan / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1411 – California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2353 – To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Petri / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 5) H.Con.Res. 44 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Ground for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (Sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1542 – WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan / Homeland Security Committee)




  • The Senate met in pro forma session, but no actions were taken.



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



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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday



H.R.2753 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve Medicare Advantage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 7/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2013 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.2757 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion from medical assistance under the Medicaid Program of items and services for patients in an institution for mental diseases.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] (introduced 7/19/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.



H.R.2752 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude seasonal workers from the applicable large employer determination for purposes of employer shared responsibility regarding health coverage.
Sponsor: Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] (introduced 7/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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