Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 265 ayes to 155 noes, Roll No. 418.
    • Rejected: the McCollum motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 192 ayes to 225 noes with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 417.
      • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Connolly amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-174) that requires States to update their certification documents with EPA and to include in those documents a State emergency action plan for responding to spills or leaks.
    • Rejected:
      • Waxman amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-174) that sought to ensure that state permit programs are protective of human health and the environment (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 415) and
      • Tonko amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-174) that sought to require the EPA Administrator to find a State coal combustion residual permit program deficient if the implementation of the program threatens human health or the environment in any other State. Any State may request that the EPA Administrator review another state’s coal combustion residuals permit program for deficiency (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 416).

 

Today:

  • The House is in recess until Monday July 29, 2013.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Senate continued 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, taking action on the following motion and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Collins (for Coburn) Amendment No. 1756, to require public disclosure of certain reports.
      • Collins (for McCain) Amendment No. 1803, to prohibit the obligation or expenditure of funds made available to the Department of Transportation for cyber security until the Secretary of Transportation submits to Congress a detailed plan describing how the funding will be allocated and for what purposes.
      • Collins (for Boozman) Amendment No. 1785, to establish the Sense of the Congress that any vacancy in the position of Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency should be filled in compliance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.
      • Murray (for Udall (CO)/Bennet) Amendment No. 1789, to require the Federal Railroad Administration to evaluate regulations that govern the use of locomotive horns at highway-rail grade crossings.
    • Rejected:
      • Toomey motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report back with such changes as may be necessary such that total budget authority provided in the bill for fiscal year 2014 is not greater than $45,455,000,000. (By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 187), Senate tabled the motion.)
    • Pending:
      • Murray (for Cardin) Modified 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.
      • Murphy Amendment No. 1783, to require the Secretary of Transportation to assess the impact on domestic employment of a waiver of the Buy America requirement for Federal-aid highway projects prior to issuing the waiver.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4:15 p.m., on Monday, July 29, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of James B. Comey, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to yesterday’s unanimous-consent agreement, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, July 29, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the nomination with the time equally divided and controlled in the usual form; and that at 5:30 p.m., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of James B. Comey, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Nancy Jean Schiffer, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Mark Gaston Pearce, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Nancy Jean Schiffer, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Today:

  •  The Senate is in recess until Monday July 29, 2013.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

None.

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.2823 : 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: Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2825 : To require regulation of wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of crude oil, natural gas, or geothermal energy under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (42)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1363 : A bill 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 $1,000,000,000 and will cause significant adverse effects to the economy.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works..

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1371 : An original bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 113-80
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 149.

S.1373 : A bill to increase access to refinancing for homeowners, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1375 : A bill to require a portion of closing costs to be paid by the enterprises with respect to certain refinanced mortgage loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1376 : A bill to improve the Federal Housing Administration and to ensure the solvency of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
 

HEALTH

H.R.2827 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow for fair application of the exceptions process for drugs in tiers in formularies in prescription drug plans under Medicare part D.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 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.

H.R.2828 : To amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent fraud and abuse under the Medicare program and to require National Provider Identifiers for reimbursement of prescriptions under part D of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 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.

H.R.2833 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so as to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to limit the ability of medical providers to conduct lawful business, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2837 : To prohibit for a one-year period beginning September 30, 2013, the implementation, operation, and coordination of a Federal Data Services Hub or any similar database system for determining or verifying eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 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.

H.R.2843 : To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for the public availability of Medicare claims data.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 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.

S.1365 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow for fair application of the exceptions process for drugs in tiers in formularies in prescription drug plans under Medicare part D.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

H.R.2832 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to facilitate program-related investments by private foundations.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2835 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which disqualify expenses for over-the-counter drugs under health savings accounts and health flexible spending arrangements.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 7/25/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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