Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to H. Res. 352, the rule that is providing for consideration of Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 473.
  • The House passed Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, H.R. 3102, to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 210 nays, Roll No. 476.
    • Rejected the Gallego motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Agriculture with instructions to report the bill back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 230 nays, Roll No. 475.
  • The House began consideration of Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, to restore employment and educational opportunities in, and improve the economic stability of, counties containing National Forest System land, while also reducing Forest Service management costs, by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from National Forest System land, and to provide a temporary extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Consideration of the measure is expected to resume today.
    • Agreed to:
      • Daines amendment (No. 2 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that requires the Secretary to submit to Congress an annual report specifying for each Forest Reserve Revenue Area the annual volume requirement in effect for that fiscal year, the volume of board feet actually harvested, the average cost of preparation of timber sales, the revenues generated from such sales, and the amount of receipts distributed to each beneficiary county. Restricts the length of this report to one page;
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 4 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that puts a moratorium on the use of prescribed fires in the Mark Twain National Forest until the Secretary of Agriculture submits a report to Congress on the economic impacts of these fires. The amendment does not prohibit the use of prescribed fire as part of wildfire suppression activities; and
      • LaMalfa amendment (No. 7 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that streamlines the U.S. Forest Service’s post-wildfire efforts by including reforestation, site rehabilitation and salvage operations as eligible to be conducted as a part of suppression efforts and adds funding flexibility for such work.
    • Withdrawn:
      • LaMalfa amendment (No. 6 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have limited the Department of Justice efforts to seek damages beyond D887actual damage to property, public lands and firefighting and restoration costs in states with laws limiting such damages.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Daines amendment (No. 1 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that seeks to protect forest reserve projects from delay by precluding Court-issued injunctions based on alleged violations of procedural requirements in selecting, planning, or analyzing the project;
      • McClintock amendment (No. 3 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that seeks to waive judicial review on any timber salvage project resulting from a wildfire occurring in 2013; and
      • McClintock amendment (No. 5 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-215) that seeks to prohibit the U.S. Forest Service from removing any roads or trails unless there has been a specific decision, which included adequate and appropriate public involvement, to decommission the specific road or trail in question.

Today:

  • The House is expected to complete consideration of Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, H.J.Res. 59 – (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
  • The House is expected to complete consideration of Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee)
    • The House is expected to vote on the postponed amendments:
      • Rep. Steve Daines Amendment #9
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment #10
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment #11

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, H.R. 527, to amend the Helium Act to complete the privatization of the Federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion that ensures stability in the helium markets while protecting the interests of American taxpayers, by 97 yeas to 2 nays.
    • Adopted: Wyden Amendment No. 1960, in the nature of a substitute.
  • 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 that when the Senate receives Continuing Appropriations Resolution, H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, from the House, the measure be placed on the Calendar; with a motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution not in order until Monday, September 23, 2013.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday September 23, 2013.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None.

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.3138 : To provide that certain emission limits for hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide shall not apply to certain existing electric utility steam generating units that use circulating fluidized bed technology to convert coal refuse into energy.
Sponsor: Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3140 : To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit any regulation under such Act concerning the emissions of carbon dioxide from a fossil fuel-fired electric generating unit from taking effect until the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes certain certifications, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3137 : To provide a framework establishing the rights, liabilities, and responsibilities of participants in closing procedures for certain types of consumer deposit accounts, to protect individual consumer rights, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3156 : To reform the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to responsibly protect homeownership.
Sponsor: Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.1526 : A bill to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to prohibit the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from requiring public companies to use specific auditors or require the use of different auditors on a rotating basis.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1534 : A bill to provide a framework establishing the rights, liabilities, and responsibilities of participants in closing procedures for certain types of consumer deposit accounts, to protect individual consumer rights, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3150 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare Program of hearing aids and related hearing services.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 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.

 

TAX

H.R.3134 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow charitable contributions made by an individual after the close of the taxable year, but before the tax return due date, to be treated as made in such taxable year.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1533 : A bill to end offshore tax abuses, to preserve our national defense and protect American families and businesses from devastating cuts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 9/19/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 9/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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