Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of H.R. 2610, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Consideration is expected to resume today.
    • Amendments agreed to:
      • Griffin (AR) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for operational expenses of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration by $500,000;
      •  Latham amendment that makes a technical correction relating to funding for the Research and Innovative Technology Administration;
      • Speier amendment that increases funding, by offset, for aviation safety activities by $500,000;
      • Wolf amendment that strikes section 123;
      • Gallego amendment that removes the funding cap of $10,778,000 for the Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response (by a recorded vote of 317 ayes to 92 noes, Roll No. 419);
      • Young (AK) amendment that exempts Alaska and Hawaii from the per passenger subsidy cap of $500 for the essential air service program (by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 420);
      • Castor (FL) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Housing and Urban Development Office of Field Policy and Management by $3,000,000;
      • Capito amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the community development block grant program by $350,000,000;
      • Latham amendment that makes a technical correction relating to funding for Project-Based Rental Assistance;
      • Grayson amendment that increases funding for the creation and promotion of translated materials and other programs that support the assistance of persons with limited English proficiency in utilizing the services provided by HUD by $150,000; and
      • Broun (GA) amendment that reduces funding for salaries and expenses of the Federal Maritime Commission by $100,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.
    • Amendments rejected:
      • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to eliminate funding for Capital and Debt Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and apply the $600,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Grayson amendment that sought to cap the per passenger subsidy for essential air service at $250 (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 421);
      • McClintock amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of July 26, 2013) that sought to eliminate the essential air service program and apply the $100,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 166 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 422);
      • Hastings (FL) amendment that sought to increase funding for NextGen and operations planning activities by $3,497,000 (by a recorded vote of 154 ayes to 258 noes, Roll No. 423);
      • Hastings (FL) amendment that sought to designate $870,031,000 for NextGen facilities and equipment (by a recorded vote of 109 ayes to 300 noes, Roll No. 424);
      • Hastings (FL) amendment that sought to designate $61,960,000 for NextGen research and development (by a recorded vote of 116 ayes to 295 noes, Roll No. 425); and
      • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for Rental Housing Assistance by $5,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
    • Amendments withdrawn:
      • Nadler amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program by $29,000,000 and
      • Al Green (TX) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for Fair Housing Activities by $12,500,000.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Nadler amendment that sought to increase funding for Capital Investment Grants by $127,283,000 and
      • Nadler amendment that sought to increase funding for renewals of expiring section 8 tenant-based annual contributions contracts by $1,000,000,000.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Garrett amendment that seeks to eliminate grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and apply the $125,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Velazquez amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for housing counseling assistance by $10,000,000;
      • Barber amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for rental voucher assistance for use through a supported housing program administered in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs by $1,000,000;
      • Broun (GA) amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Homeless Assistance Grants by $55,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account; and
      • Broun (GA) amendment that seeks to reduce funding for salaries and expenses of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Office of Inspector General by $4,800,000.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act: H.R. 2094, to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements);
    • Amending the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges: H.R. 1300, amended, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges.

 

Today:

  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • H.R. 2711 – Citizen Empowerment Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 313 – Government Spending Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 2579 – Government Employee Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 1541 – Common Sense in Compensation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 1660 – Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 2769 – Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.R. 2768 – Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.R. 2565 – STOP IRS Act (Sponsored by Rep. James Renacci / Ways and Means Committee)
    • Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce
    • H.R. 850 – Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 1897 – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • H.Res. 222 – Recognizing the long-term partnership and friendship between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, working together towards peace and security in the Middle East, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • The House will complete 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 rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules.
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Scott Garrett Amendment
      • Rep. Nydia Velazquez Amendment
      • Rep. Ron Barber Amendment
      • Rep. Paul Broun Amendment #2
      • Rep. Paul Broun Amendment #5
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 1582, Energy Consumers Relief Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, H.R. 2167. Prior to passage, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2167 to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the home equity conversion mortgage insurance program.
    • Senate continued consideration of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 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 and motion proposed thereto:

    • Pending amendments:
        • 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. 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 motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill today at approximately 9:30 a.m.; that the pending amendments be set aside and Senator Paul be recognized to offer Amendment No. 1739; Senate vote on the Paul Amendment No. 1739.
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that the cloture motion with respect to the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that upon disposition of Paul Amendment No. 1739 to 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, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and that Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 190), Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • The Senate voted to close debate on the following nominations:
      • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 192), Nancy Jean Schiffer, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
      • By 59 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. EX. 194), Mark Gaston Pearce, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
      • Harry I. Johnson III, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2015.
      • Philip Andrew Miscimarra, of Illinois, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2017.

Today:

  •  The Senate will resume consideration of S.1243, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies appropriations bill. It is in order for Senator Paul to call up his amendment #1739, (Egypt) and a motion to table the Paul amendment is expected.
  • Upon disposition of the Paul amendment, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #201, the nomination of Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and proceed to the cloture vote on the Jones nomination.
  • Therefore, at approximately 10:45am, there will be 2 roll call votes:
    • In relation to the Paul amendment #1739 (Egypt)(expected motion to table) and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Byron Todd Jones to be Director of the ATF.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

Senate Environment and Public Works
“Strengthening Public Health Protections Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats”
9:30am, 406 Dirksen

House Science, Space, and Technology
“Frontiers of Human Brain Research”
10:00am, 2318 Rayburn

Senate Veterans’ Affairs
“Preserving the Rights of Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families in the Financial Marketplace”
10:00am, 418 Russell

Senate Banking
“The FHA Solvency Act of 2013 Mark up”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Oversight and Government Reform
“Oversight of IRS’s Legal Basis for Expanding ObamaCare’s Taxes and Subsidies”
10:15am, 2154 Rayburn

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”
11:30am, 2123 Rayburn

Senate Finance
“Powering our Future: Principles for Energy Tax Reform”
2:30pm, 215 Dirksen

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Energy Drinks: Exploring Concerns about Marketing to Youth”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

APPROPRIATIONS 

H.R.2855 : Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
House Reports: 113-185
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 133.

 

ENERGY

S.1388 : A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of Energy, to conduct a study on the public health and environmental impacts of the production, transportation, storage, and use of petroleum coke, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1392 : A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (15)
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.2863 : To amend the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 to provide assistance to small businesses providing low-income individuals with green jobs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Payne, Donald M., Jr. [NJ-10] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2867 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients.
Sponsor: Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 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.

TAX

H.R.2854 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the deduction of State and local general sales taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2862 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a temporary dividends received deduction for 2013 or 2014.
Sponsor: Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-4] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.2868 : To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to provide guidance and limitations regarding the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into United States airspace, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 7/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.