Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Authorizing and requesting the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict: H.R. 3304, to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict and to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to certain other veterans who were previously recommended for award of the Medal of Honor;
    • Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013: H.R. 1742, to exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance;
    • Establishing a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs: H.R. 2189, amended, to establish a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 561; Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To improve the processing of disability claims by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
    • Veterans Economic Opportunity Act of 2013: H.R. 2481, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to codify and improve the election requirements for the receipt of educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance program of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to benefits, and for other purposes.”
    • Amending title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeals form in any notice of decision issued D1015for the denial of a benefit sought: H.R. 1405, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeals form in any notice of decision issued for the denial of a benefit sought; and Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include a notice of disagreement form in any notice of decision issued for the denial of a benefit sought, to improve the supervision of fiduciaries of veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
    • Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act of 2013: H.R. 2011, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a two-year extension of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 562.

Today:

  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2640 – Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Natural Resources Committee
    • 2) H.R. 623 – Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 330 – Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2337 – Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis / Natural Resources Committee)
    • H.R. 2374 – Retail Investor Protection Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Financial Services Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Reps. Miller / Conyers Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
    • H.J.Res. 99 – Relating to the disapproval of the President’s exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit, as submitted under section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 (Privileged Resolution, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Ways and Means Committee)
  • First votes expected: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • Measures passed:
    • Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act: Senate passed S. 893, to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2013, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.
    • National Technological Innovation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 275, designating October 29, 2013, as ”National Technological Innovation Day” to recognize that technological innovation is critical to the United States economy and commemorating the contributions of innovation to prosperity in the United States and abroad.
    • Debt Limit Authority–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October, 29, 2013, the Republican Leader, or his designee, be recognized to move to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 26, relating to the disapproval of the President’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit; that the time until 12:30 p.m., be for debate on the motion to proceed, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at 2:15 p.m., Senate vote on adoption of the motion to proceed; that if the motion is successful, then the time for debate with respect to the joint resolution be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of time, the joint resolution be read a third time, and Senate vote on passage of the joint resolution; and that all other provisions of the statute governing consideration of the joint resolution remain in effect.
    • Estevez Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Alan F. Estevez, of the District of Columbia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. 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, October 30, 2013.
    • Archuleta Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management. 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 Alan F. Estevez, of the District of Columbia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
    • Wheeler Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission. 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 Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
    • Lew Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Jacob J. Lew, of New York, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund; United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; United States Governor of the Inter-D1013American Development Bank; United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 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 Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.
    • Watt Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. 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 Jacob J. Lew, of New York, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund; United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank; United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
    • Millett Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. 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 Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
    • Griffin Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., on Monday, October 28, 2013, be scheduled to occur on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader. A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following disposition of S. J. Res. 26, relating to the disapproval of the President’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit, Senate resume consideration of the nomination with up to two minutes of debate, equally divided and controlled in the usual form, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination

Today:

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Republican Leader or his designee will be recognized to move to proceed to S.J.Res.26, a joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the President’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit with the time until 12:30pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be a roll call vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.26. Following disposition of S.J.Res.26, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board with up to 2 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled prior to a cloture vote on the Griffin nomination.
  • During Monday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on 6 nominations If cloture is invoked on any of these nominations (60-vote threshold), there would be up to 8 hours for debate on each of the nominations, except for the Millett nomination, which would have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Unless an agreement is reached, the first cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, October 30.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Homeland Security
“Full Committee Markup: HR 1095, HR 1204, HR 1791, HR 2719, HR 2952, and HR 3107”
10:00am, 311 Cannon

House Education and the Workforce
“Strengthening the Multiemployer Pension System: How Will Proposed Reforms Affect Employers, Workers, and Retirees?”
10:00 am , 2175 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Federal Housing Administration: Implications of a $1.7 billion Taxpayer Bailout”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“The North American Energy Infrastructure Act”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Judiciary
“HR 3309: the Innovation Act”
10:00am, 2141 Rayburn

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

Senate Banking
“Housing Finance Reform: Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers”
10:00 am, 538 Dirksen

Senate Commerce
“Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile”
10:30am, 253 Russell

House Intelligence
“NSA Programs”
1:30am, HVC-210

House Financial Services
“Examining Legislative Proposals to Reform the CFPB”
3:00 pm, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Special Aging
“Aging Diseases”
4:00pm, 562 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

HEALTH

H.R.3348 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the individual health insurance mandate voluntary in 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3350 : To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current individual health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 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.3353 : To amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend the period during which supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits are temporarily increased.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.3358 : To provide for an exemption from the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for individuals residing in States in which the Exchange Websites are not fully functional, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 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.3359 : To provide for a delay of the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until the American Health Benefit Exchanges are functioning properly.
Sponsor: Rep Radel, Trey [FL-19] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 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.

 

TRADE

H.R.3346 : To amend chapter 83 of title 41, United States Code, to increase the requirement for American-made content, to strengthen the waiver provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R.3355 : To increase the competitiveness of American manufacturing by reducing regulatory and other burdens, encouraging greater innovation and investment, and developing a stronger workforce for the twenty-first century, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 10/28/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Armed Services; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/28/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Armed Services, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, House Administration, the Judiciary, Rules, Appropriations, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs, 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.

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