Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House sits in recess until Tuesday, November 12th.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • Helping Homeless Veterans Act: Senate passed S. 287, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve assistance to homeless veterans, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, the committee reported title amendment, and the following amendment proposed thereto: Hirono (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2023, relative to extension of authority for program of referral and counseling services for veterans at risk of homelessness who are transitioning from certain institutions.
    • Condemning the Terrorist Attack at the Mall in Kenya: Senate agreed to S. Res. 268, condemning the September 2013 terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and reaffirming United States support for the people and Government of Kenya.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Employment Non-Discrimination Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 815, to prohibit the employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motion proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Reid (for Portman) Amendment No. 2012, to promote fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace consistent with the fundamental right of religious freedom.
    • Pending:
      • Reid Amendment No. 2014 (to the language proposed to be stricken by the committee substitute), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2015 (to Amendment No. 2014), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions with instructions to report back forthwith, Reid Amendment No. 2016, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2017 (to (the instructions of the motion to recommit) Amendment No. 2016), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2018 (to Amendment No. 2017), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid (for Toomey/Flake) Amendment No. 2013, to strike the appropriate balance between protecting workers and protecting religious freedom.
      • Collins (for Reid) Amendment No. 2020 (to Amendment No. 2013), to change the enactment date.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, November 6, 2013, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Reid (for Toomey/Flake) Amendment No. 2013 (listed above) on Thursday, November 7, 2013.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 11:45 a.m., on Thursday, November 7, 2013, the motion to recommit and the pending amendments to the underlying bill be withdrawn; that Collins (for Reid) Amendment No. 2020 (listed above) be withdrawn; that no further amendments, motions to recommit or points of order be in order; that the Senate then vote on or in relation to Reid (for Toomey/Flake) Amendment No. 2013 (listed above); that the amendment be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that upon disposition of the amendment, the substitute amendment, as amended, be agreed to; that the Senate then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, as amended; that if cloture is invoked, the time until 2 p.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at 2 p.m., all post-cloture time be yielded back, the bill be read a third time, and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended; and, if cloture is not invoked, the Majority Leader be recognized.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013, under the previous order; and that the first-degree filing deadline be 10:30 a.m. and the second-degree filing deadline be 11:30 a.m.
  • Drug Quality and Security Act: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 3204, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human drug compounding and drug supply chain security.
    • Subsequently, the motion to proceed was withdrawn.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.815, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.
    • During Wednesday’s session of the Senate cloture was filed on S.815. As a result, the first degree amendment filing deadline is 10:30am and the 2nd degree amendment filing deadline is 11:30am.
  • At 11:45am, there will be 2 roll call votes in relation to the following:
      • Toomey amendment #2013 (broadens the number of groups covered under the religious exemption) (60-vote threshold) and (the committee-reported substitute amendment will be agreed to by unanimous consent)
    • Motion to invoke cloture on S.815, ENDA, as amended
    • If cloture is invoked, there will be a 3rd roll call vote at 1:45pm on passage of S.815, ENDA, as amended.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Armed Services
“Impact of Sequestration on the National Defense”
9:30 am, G50 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“Housing Finance Reform: Essential Elements to Provide Affordable Options for Housing”
10:00 am, 538 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

HEALTH

S.1655 : A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to approve waivers under the Medicaid Program under title XIX of the Social Security Act that are related to State provider taxes that exempt certain retirement communities.
Sponsor: Sen Boozman, John [AR] (introduced 11/6/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/6/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1657 : A bill to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 11/6/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/6/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.1658 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain small business tax provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 11/6/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/6/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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