Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act: H.R. 2640, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to adjust the Crooked River boundary and to provide water certainty for the City of Prineville, Oregon;
    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act: H.R. 623, amended, to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium;
    • Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act: H.R. 330, to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California; and
    • Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act: H.R. 2337, to provide for the conveyance of the Forest Service Lake Hill Administrative Site in Summit County, Colorado.
    • Retail Investor Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 2374, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide protections for retail customers, by a recorded vote of 254 ayes to 166 noes, Roll No. 567.
      • Rejected the Tierney motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 566.
      • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-23 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
    • Rejected:
      • George Miller (CA) amendment (printed in H. Rept. 113-253) that sought to authorize the Department of Labor to issue a fiduciary duty rule that protects access to investment education and advice and assures the availability of reasonable compensation to financial service providers. Would require a study of the effect of current investment industry practices on the standard of care provided to investors by persons providing investment advice, including the effect on low-income investors (by a yea-and-nay vote of 174 yeas to 243 nays, Roll No. 565).
    • H. Res. 391, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 992) and (H.R. 2374), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 564, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 563.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider:
    • H.R. 992 – Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Financial Services Committee / Agriculture Committee)
    • Postponed Vote on 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) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate considered the following measures:
    • Debt Limit Authority: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 26, 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 220), Senate rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 222), Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years.
    • Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2013.
    • Michael P. O’Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014.

Today:

  • The Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #53, the nomination of Alan F. Estevez, of the District of Columbia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. There will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Estevez nomination and, if cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours of debate prior to to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • If cloture is invoked on any of the 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.
    • Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
    • Jacob Lew, of New York, to be the United States Governor to the following International Banks:
      • International Monetary Fund
      • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
      • Inter-American Development Bank, and
      • European Bank for Reconstruction;
    • Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Agency; and
    • Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“PPACA Implementation Failures: Answers from HHS”
9:00am, 2123 Rayburn

CFTC
“Open meeting”
9:30am, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street

Senate HELP
“Executive Session – Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013, CHIMP Act Amendments of 2013, H.R. 2094, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, and Nominations”
10:00am, 430 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“The JOBS Act at a Year and a Half: Assessing Progress and Unmet Opportunities”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Review of FAA’s Certification Process: Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

Budget Conference
“Bi-partisan, bi-cameral conference meeting”
10:00am, HC-5, The Capitol

Senate Finance
“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Achieving the Potential”
11:00am, 215 Dirksen

Senate/House Agriculture
“2013 Farm Bill Conference Meeting”
2:30pm, 1100 Longworth

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

ENERGY

S.1595 : A bill to establish a renewable electricity standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3370 : To delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (79)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on 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.3372 : To provide a process for ensuring the United States does not default on its obligations.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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.3374 : To provide for the use of savings promotion raffle products by financial institutions to encourage savings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.1597 : A bill to provide for the use of savings promotion raffle products by financial institutions to encourage savings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1598 : A bill to provide a process for ensuring the United States does not default on its obligations.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1601 : A bill to ensure that certain communities may be granted exceptions for floodproofed residential basements for purposes of determining risk premium rates for flood insurance.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1610 : A bill to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3362 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges.
Sponsor: Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 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.3365 : To exempt certain long-term care hospitals operating in a single-hospital MSA from the Medicare threshold payment adjustment policy for long-term care hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3367 : To amend section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to delay the application of the health insurance provider annual fee until 2016 and to provide a process to return to consumers any amounts attributable to the expected application of the annual fee to 2014 or 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 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.

H.R.3376 : To provide a 12-month exemption from the health insurance mandate for individuals whose employer-sponsored health plan coverage or individual health insurance coverage is terminated for a plan year beginning during 2014, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Long, Billy [MO-7] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

TAX

H.R.3378 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the nonbusiness energy property credit to include the insulation component of insulated siding.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3363 : To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes and the continued development of the general aviation industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3377 : To clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 10/29/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/29/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.