Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to H. Res. 315, the rule that is providing for consideration of Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2218, to amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment and Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013, H.R. 1582, to protect consumers by prohibiting the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating as final certain energy-related rules that are estimated to cost more than $1 billion and will cause significant adverse effects to the economy, by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 400, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 399.
  • The House passed H.R. 2397, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, by a yea-and-nay vote of 315 yeas to 109 nays, Roll No. 414. Consideration of the measure began July 23rd.
    • Rejected: the Frankel (FL) 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 192 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 413.
    • Amendments agreed to:
      • LaMalfa amendment (No. 51 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that provides that none of the funds made available in this act may be used to pay any fine assessed against a military installation by the California Air Resources Board (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 402);
      • Mulvaney amendment (No. 55 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that reduces funds made available in the Overseas Contingency Operations budget by $3,546,000,000 to better correspond with the President’s request. Protects all amounts made available for the National Guard and Reserve Component Equipment modernization shortfalls for homeland defense and emergency response (by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 403);
      • Walorski amendment (No. 62 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that prohibits any funds made available by this Act from being used to transfer or release detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen (by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 405);
      • Bonamici amendment (No. 65 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that prevents the retirement, divestment, transfer, or preparation to do so of C-23 aircraft used by the National Guard and to designate $34 million for the sustainment and operation of the C-23 aircraft in a viable state (by a recorded vote of 264 ayes to 154 noes, Roll No. 406);
      • Brooks (AL) amendment (No. 72 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that prohibits funds from this Act from being used to implement or execute any agreement with the Russian Federation concerning the missile defenses of the United States;
      • Speier amendment (No. 74 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that provides funds to identify individuals who were separated from the military on the grounds of a disorder subsequent to reporting a sexual assault and, if appropriate, correcting their record;
      • Speier amendment (No. 75 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that provides $10 million in additional funds to increase training for investigators to properly investigate sexual assault related offenses;
      • Radel amendment (No. 97 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that prohibits the use of any funds with respect to military action in Syria to the extent such action would be inconsistent with the War Powers Resolution;
      • Massie amendment (No. 98 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that provides that no funds made available by this Act may be used to fund military or paramilitary operations in Egypt;
      • Kilmer amendment (No. 67 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that protects DoD civilians’ security clearances (by a recorded vote of 277 ayes to 142 noes, Roll No. 407);
      • Terry amendment (No. 24 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that increases Defense-wide O/M by $1 billion, while reducing funding in the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund by $2.6 billion. The reduction would be in order to give DoD more flexibility to offset civilian furloughs (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the earlier request for a recorded vote to the end that the amendment stand adopted in accordance with the previous voice vote thereon); and
      • Pompeo amendment (No. 99 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that ensures none of the funds may be used by the NSA to target a U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a U.S. person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails (by a recorded vote of 409 ayes to 12 noes, Roll No. 411).
    • Amendment rejected:
      • Jones amendment (No. 48 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that sought to restrict the use of funds approved by this Act from being used to carry out activities under the United States-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, without being approved by Members of Congress (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 246 noes, Roll No. 401);
      • Stockman amendment (No. 60 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was debated on July 23rd that sought to prohibit participation by the People’s Republic of China in joint U.S. military exercises (by a recorded vote of 137 ayes to 286 noes, Roll No. 404);
      • Nadler amendment (No. 69 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that sought to prevent the further detention of Guantanamo Bay detainees that have already been cleared for release (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 408);
      • Nadler amendment (No. 70 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that sought to prevent further construction or expansion of existing facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 409);
      • Schiff amendment (No. 73 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that sought to prohibit funding the use of force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF, PL 107-40) effective on December 31, 2014–concurrent with the end of our combat role in Afghanistan (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 410); and
      • Amash amendment (No. 100 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215 (by a recorded vote of 205 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 412).
    • Amendments withdrawn:
      • Pierluisi amendment (No. 71 printed in H. Rept. 113-170) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have enabled the Department of Defense to respond to significant public safety hazards and fulfill its environmental restoration responsibilities under CERCLA by removing unexploded ordnance from the Northwest Peninsula of the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico, which is a formerly used defense site where U.S. Navy ship-to-shore bombing and weapons training occurred from 1903 until 1975.

 

Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2218, (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The following amendments will be considered:
      • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Henry Waxman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Paul Tonko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 185), Senate passed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act, H.R. 1911, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013, to direct the Secretary of Education to convene the Advisory Committee on Improving Postsecondary Education Data to conduct a study on improvements to postsecondary education transparency at the Federal level, by the order of the Senate of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Amendments adopted:
      • Harkin (for Manchin) Amendment No. 1773, to establish student loan interest rates. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
    • Amendments rejected:
      • By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 183), Reed Amendment No. 1778 (to Amendment No. 1773), to provide for interest rate caps for certain Federal student loans. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 34 yeas to 65 nays (Vote No. 184), Sanders Amendment No. 1774 (to Amendment No. 1773), to provide a sunset date. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
  • The Senate continued consideration of Appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Portman Modified Amendment No. 1749, to prioritize certain projects under the bridges in critical corridors program.
    • Pending:
      • Murray (for Cardin) Amendment No. 1760, to require the Secretary of Transportation to submit to Congress a report relating to the condition of lane miles and highway bridge deck.
      • Coburn Amendment No. 1750, to prohibit funds from being directed to federal employees with unpaid Federal tax liability.
      • Coburn Amendment No. 1751, to prohibit Federal funding of union activities by Federal employees.
      • Coburn Amendment No. 1754, to prohibit Federal funds from being used to meet the matching requirements of other Federal Programs.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill today at 11 a.m.

Today:

  •  The Senate will resume consideration of S.1243, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and is expected to hear amendments throughout the day.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

CFTC
“Agriculture Advisory Committee Meeting”
9:00am, CFTC Headquarters 1155 21st Street, NW

House Science, Space, and Technology
“The Future of Coal: Utilizing America’s Abundant Energy Resources”
9:30am, 2318 Rayburn

House Natural Resources
“Hearing on Draft Bill ‘Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act'”
9:30am, 1334 Longworth

FDIC
“Advisory Committee on Community Banking: Payment System Development and Implications”
9:45am, FDIC Headquarters, 550 17th Street N.W.

SEC
“Dodd-Frank Investor Advisory Committee Meeting”
10:00am, SEC Headquarters, 100 F Street, NE

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.1353 : A bill to provide for an ongoing, voluntary public-private partnership to improve cybersecurity, and to strengthen cybersecurity research and development, workforce development and education, and public awareness and preparedness, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2815 : To authorize a pilot program to improve asset recovery levels, asset management, and homeownership retention with respect to delinquent single-family mortgages insured under the FHA mortgage insurance programs by providing for in-person contact outreach activities with mortgagors under such mortgages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Al [TX-9] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2816 : To extend the pilot program under section 258 of the National Housing Act that establishes an automated process for providing alternative credit rating information for mortgagors and prospective mortgagors under certain mortgages.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Al [TX-9] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1349 : A bill to enhance the ability of community financial institutions to foster economic growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase individual savings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1357 : A bill to extend the trade adjustment assistance program.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
 

HEALTH

H.R.2809 : To delay the application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Rules; House Administration; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, and Appropriations, 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.2810 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform the sustainable growth rate and Medicare payment for physicians’ services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, 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.2811 : Making supplemental appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

H.R.2817 : To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to remove the non-discrimination requirements relating to health care providers.
Sponsor: Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

TAX

H.R.2807 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the special rule for contributions of qualified conservation contributions.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (134)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2820 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for equity relating to medical costs.
Sponsor: Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2821 : To provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (68)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Small Business; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Financial Services; House Administration; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Small Business, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, House Administration, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Budget, 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/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.2813 : To amend the Water Supply Act of 1958 to establish a mechanism to permit State and local interests to release to the United States future water storage rights associated with Corps of Engineers reservoir projects.
Sponsor: Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1355 : A bill to provide regulatory parity among alternative fuel vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1359 : A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish national standards for discharges from cruise vessels.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

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