Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013: H.R. 313, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to institute spending limits and transparency requirements for Federal conference and travel expenditures;
    • Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013: H.R. 1660, amended, to require the establishment of Federal customer service standards and to improve the service provided by Federal agencies;
    • Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash Act: H.R. 2769, amended, to impose moratorium on conferences held by the Internal Revenue Service;
    • Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013: H.R. 2768, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that a duty of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is to ensure that Internal Revenue Service employees are familiar with and act in accord with certain taxpayer rights;
    • STOP IRS Act: H.R. 2565, to provide for the termination of employment of employees of the Internal Revenue Service who take certain official actions for political purposes;
    • Smarter Solutions for Students Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to 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 and 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 a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 31 nays, Roll No. 426;
    • Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013: H.R. 850, amended, to impose additional human rights and economic and financial sanctions with respect to Iran, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 20 nays with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 427; and
    • Encouraging peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula: H. Con. Res. 41, amended, to encourage peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula.
  • The House began consideration of 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. Consideration is expected to resume today.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Waxman amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-174) that seeks to strike section 2 of the bill, which allows DOE to effectively veto EPA rules and
      • Connolly amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-174) that seeks to prevent section 2 of the bill from applying to rules related to protecting air and water quality.
  • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
    • Citizen Empowerment Act: H.R. 2711, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals;
    • Government Employee Accountability Act: H.R. 2579, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for investigative leave requirements with respect to Senior Executive Service employees;
    • Common Sense in Compensation Act: H.R. 1541, amended, to establish limitations, for fiscal years 2013, 2014, and 2015 on the total amount in awards or other discretionary monetary payments which may be paid to any Federal employee; and
    • Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013: H.R. 1897, amended, to promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam.

 

Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following remaining amendments:
      • Rep. Rob Woodall Amendment
      • Rep. John Culberson Amendment
      • Rep. Tim Murphy Amendment
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Henry Waxman Amendment
      • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 367 – Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Steve Scalise Amendment
      • Reps. Davis / Peterson Amendment
      • Rep. Jason Smith Amendment
      • Rep. Tom Latham Amendment
      • Reps. Sessions / Davis / Barr / Wenstrup / Coffman Amendment
      • Rep. Jerry Nadler Amendment
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment
      • Rep. David McKinley Amendment
      • Rep. Tom Cole Amendment
      • Rep. Daniel Webster Amendment
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment
  • Postponed Vote on H.R. 1897 expected today – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013, as amended (Suspension) (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

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 amendments proposed thereto:
    • Rejected amendment:
      • Paul Amendment No. 1739, to redirect certain foreign assistance to the Government of Egypt as a result of the July 3, 2013, military coup d’etat. (By 86 yeas to 13 nays (Vote No. 195), Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • 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. 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 American requirement for Federal-aid highway projects prior to issuing the waiver.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that today, upon disposition of the nomination of Raymond T. Chen, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the second-degree filing deadline for amendments to the bill be 11 a.m. today.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 197), Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 60 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 196), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 2 p.m. today, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

Today:

  • The Senate hold a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1243, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies appropriations bill. The filing deadline for all 2nd degree amendment to S.1243 is today at 11:00am.
  • This afternoon, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #220, the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Judiciary
“Innovation in America: the Role of Technology”
9:30am, 2141 Rayburn

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
“Political Status of Puerto Rico”
9:30am, 366 Dirksen

Treasury Department – Office of Financial Research
“Open Meeting”
9:45am, World Financial Center, New York

House Armed Services
“Initial Conclusions Formed by the Defense Strategic Choices and Management Review”
10:00am, 2118 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“PPACA Pulse Check”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Ways and Means
“Status of the ACA Implementation”
10:00am, 1100 Longworth

House Foreign Affairs
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outlook and Opportunities”
2200 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

EDUCATION

H.R.2878 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants for innovative teacher retention programs.
Sponsor: Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.2895 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the reduced interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Homeland Security
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Homeland Security, 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.2897 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants for core curriculum development.
Sponsor: Rep Takano, Mark [CA-41] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

ENERGY

H.R.2877 : To prevent certain discriminatory taxation of natural gas pipeline property.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1401 : A bill to provide for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas exploration, development, and production under oil and gas leases of Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

H.R.2869 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish payment parity under the Medicare program for ambulatory cancer care services furnished in the hospital outpatient department and the physician office setting.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 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.2876 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide veterans with a 1-year exemption from the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1405 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an extension of certain ambulance add-on payments under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.2870 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain stock of real estate investment trusts from the tax on foreign investments in United States real property interests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2885 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily exclude capital gain from gross income.
Sponsor: Rep Fleischmann, Charles J. “Chuck” [TN-3] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2890 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax incentives for investment in the District of Columbia.
Sponsor: Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1402 : A bill to repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes.
Sponsor: Sen Boozman, John [AR] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1409 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for employer-provided job training, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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