Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today:

  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 2610 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Latham / Appropriations Committee)
  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules and are expected to vote at 6:30pm:
    • H.R. 2094 – School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 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)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate resumed 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 amendments proposed thereto:
    • 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.
  • The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
    • 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 on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
  • The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative in the Security Council of the United Nations.
    • 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 Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., today, July 30, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 93 yeas to 1 nay, 2 responding present (Vote No. EX. 188), James B. Comey, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a term of ten years. Subsequently, the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination was withdrawn.

Today:

  • The Senate will consider Executive Calendar #223, the nomination of Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. At approximately 10:15am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Hirozawa nomination.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

Senate Judiciary
“Standard Essential Patent Disputes and Antitrust Law”
10:00am, 226 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“Mitigating Systemic Risk in Financial Markets through Wall Street Reform”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

Senate Budget
“Containing Health Care Costs: recent progress and remaining challenges”
10:30am, 608 Dirksen

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Cybersecurity Act of 2013 Mark up”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

House Energy and Commerce
“Markup of H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, and H.R. 2844, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013” Opening statements
4:00pm, 2123 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

S.1380 : A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to ensure that on-duty time does not include waiting time at a natural gas or oil well site for certain commercial motor vehicle operators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 7/29/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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