Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act, H.R. 992, to amend provisions in section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act relating to Federal assistance for swaps entities, by a recorded vote of 292 ayes to 122 noes, Roll No. 569.
    • Rejected the Brownley motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 190 yeas to 223 nays, Roll No. 568.
    • H. Res. 391, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 992) and (H.R. 2374), was agreed to on October 29th.
  • The House agreed to Relating to the Disapproval of the President’s Exercise of Authority To Suspend the Debt Limit, 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 191 nays with 2 answering ”present”, Roll No. 570. Consideration of the measure began on October 29th.

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • CHIMP Act Amendments: Senate passed S. 1561, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • United States Parole Commission Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 3190, to provide for the continued performance of the functions of the United States Parole Commission.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the nomination of Rhea Sun Suh, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, sent to the Senate by the President yesterday, be referred jointly to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m. today, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and that following the swearing in of Senator-elect Booker, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Alan F. Estevez, of the District of Columbia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
      • During consideration of this nomination yesterday, Senate also took the following action: By 91 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 223), 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.
    • By 62 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. EX. 225), Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.
      • During consideration of this nomination yesterday, Senate also took the following action: By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 224), 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.
    • Jacob J. Lew, of New York, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund for a term of five years; United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years; United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of five years; United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Today:

  • The Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
  • After Senator-elect Cory Booker is sworn in at noon, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Watt nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Watt nomination.
  • If cloture is not invoked, there will be a second roll call vote immediately on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. If cloture is invoked on the Millet nomination, there will be up to 30 hours of debate on the nomination prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

RSAC
“Railroad Safety Advisory Committee”
9:00am, National Housing Center, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 1201 15th Street, NW

Senate Banking
“Housing Finance Reform: Essential Elements of a Government Guarantee for Mortgage-Backed Securities”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3380 : To delay any increases in premium rates for flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program until the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes a comprehensive review and updating of all flood insurance rate maps and the Army Corps of Engineers reviews and certifies that such maps include all flood mitigation and flood control projects completed by the Corps.
Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3389 : To repeal the Consumer Financial Civil Penalty Fund and to deposit existing amounts in such Fund into the Treasury, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3402 : To improve the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by explicitly barring debt collectors from bringing legal action on a debt in which the statute of limitations has expired against any consumer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1613 : A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting full-file alternative data, including positive and negative consumer credit information to consumer reporting agencies by public utility or telecommunications companies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3392 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a PDP safety program to prevent fraud and abuse in the dispensing of controlled substances under part D of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 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.3404 : To require that every mammography summary delivered to a patient after a mammography examination, as required by section 354 of the Public Health Service Act (commonly referred to as the “Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992”), contain information regarding the patient’s breast density and language communicating that individuals with more dense breasts may benefit from supplemental screening tests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3406 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure that individuals can keep their health insurance coverage.
Sponsor: Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (33)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3420 : To require any communication using Federal funds to advertise or educate the public on certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 to state that such communication was produced at taxpayer expense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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.3425 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to delay the individual health insurance mandate and any penalties for violating the individual mandate until after there is a certification that the healthcare.gov website is fully operational, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 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.3426 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 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.3429 : To protect personal and financial information by requiring certain certifications by entities awarded funds under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the operation of a Navigator program or certain other Exchange activities.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1612 : Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1617 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure that individuals can keep their health insurance coverage.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

TAX

H.R.3391 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income payments under the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program and certain amounts received under the Indian Health Professions Scholarships Program.
Sponsor: Rep Valadao, David G. [CA-21] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3393 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to consolidate certain tax benefits for educational expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3394 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the work opportunity tax credit permanent.
Sponsor: Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3395 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit for hiring veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3419 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain small businesses from the employer health insurance mandate and to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of such mandate.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3424 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for facilities using a qualified methane conversion technology to provide transportation fuels and chemicals.
Sponsor: Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3428 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an increased credit for development and to extend and simplify the credit for increasing research.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3430 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage hiring unemployed individuals.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3437 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to consolidate, with modifications, the Hope Scholarship Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.3439 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the permanent application of the new markets tax credit for the redevelopment of communities impacted by realignment or closure of military installations.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-5] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3445 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow deductions for the payment of compensatory and punitive damages to a government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1616 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for simplification, to reduce the number of tax brackets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1620 : Tax Transparency Act of 2013
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1624 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit for hiring veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3413 : To require a study and report by the Comptroller General regarding the restart provision of the Hours of Service Rules for Commercial Truck Drivers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] (introduced 10/30/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.