Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the Providing for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, H.R. 301, amended, to provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 22 nays, Roll No. 465.
  • The House passed H.R. 761, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness , by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 471.
    • Rejected: the Cicilline motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 197 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 470.
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to: Pearce amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-214) that clarifies the intention of the bill that it will not impact Secretarial Order 3324, as it relates to oil/gas and potash.
    • Rejected:
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-214) that sought to clarify that the definition of ”Strategic and Critical Minerals” only includes the minerals identified by the National Research Council (NRC) as strategic and critical minerals (and any additional minerals added by the Secretary that meet the NRC’s criteria). Also would clarify that the definition of ”Mineral Exploration or Mine Permit” in this underlying legislation only refers to mineral exploration or mine permit for strategic and critical minerals (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 466);
      • Veasey amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-214) that sought to designate the Secretary of Interior to publish no later than 60 days ager enactment of the bill a list of ”Strategic and Critical Minerals” for the purpose of the bill. The Secretary must update the list every 5 years (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 467);
      • Connolly amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-214) that sought to require mineral exploration and mining projects to be subjected to an Environmental Impact Statement review prior to approval. Removes the arbitrary limit on the time frame for such reviews (by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 468); and
      • Hastings (FL) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-2l4) that sought to require that the cost of cleanup be included in financial assurance and that financial insurance instruments shall be in the form of a surety bond, letter of credit or other instrument that would routinely be accepted in commerce (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 469).

 

Today:

  • The House is expected to complete consideration of the following:
    • H.Res. 352 – A resolution providing for the consideration of the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res 59.) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Rules Committee)
    • H.R. 3102 – Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Agriculture Committee)
  • The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1526 – Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee)
    • The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Steve Daines Amendment #9 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Steve Daines Amendment #7 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. McClintock / McCarthy (CA) / LaMalfa / Denham Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Smith (MO) / Luetkemeyer / Long Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Doug LaMalfa Amendment #12 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Doug LaMalfa Amendment #13 (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 1392, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Pending: Wyden (for Merkley) Amendment No. 1858, to provide for a study and report on standby usage power standards implemented by States and other industrialized nations.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. today.

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to resume consideration of S.1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
“Policy Briefing on Small Business Voices: A Discussion on Tax Policy and Entrepreneurship”
8:30am, 106 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Two Weeks Until Enrollment: Questions for CCIIO”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Mark-up: Water Resources Reform Act”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Keystone’s Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied”
10:15am, 2322 Rayburn

DC Bar
“Impact of New SEC Rules on Private Offerings”
12:45pm, 1101 K Street, 2nd Floor

House Judiciary
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Consolidation, and the Consequent Impact on Competition in Healthcare”
1:00pm, 2141 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.3119 : To prohibit enrollment under Health Care Exchange plans until privacy protections are certified as being in place, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3120 : To improve access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Sponsor: Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs, and Armed Services, 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.3121 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related reconciliation provisions, to promote patient-centered health care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Appropriations; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 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, House Administration, Appropriations, and Rules, 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.3126 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit a government subsidy for the purchase of a health plan by a Member of Congress.
Sponsor: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Administration
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

S.1516 : A bill to amend title II of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment and implementation of guidelines on best practices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) in school-aged children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1517 : A bill to amend the Public Health Services Act and the Social Security Act to extend health information technology assistance eligibility to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals and facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1522 : A bill to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1525 : A bill to ensure that the personal and private information of Americans enrolling in Exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is secured with proper privacy and data security safeguards.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (28)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

TAX

H.R.3127 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit to small employers for certain newly hired employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-24] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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.3129 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the full exclusion applicable to qualified small business stock.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1515 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and expand education savings accounts.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1523 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to make permanent qualified school construction bonds and qualified zone academy bonds, to treat qualified zone academy bonds as specified tax credit bonds, and to modify the private business contribution requirement for qualified zone academy bonds.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1524 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude major professional sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 9/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

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