Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • PREEMIE Reauthorization Act: S. 252, amended, to reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity, and for other purposes.”
    • HIV Organ Policy Equity Act: S. 330, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish safeguards and standards of quality for research and transplantation of organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
    • Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013: 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;
    • Amending title 28, United States Code, to modify the composition of the southern judicial district of Mississippi to improve judicial efficiency: H.R. 2871, to amend title 28, United States Code, to modify the composition of the southern judicial district of Mississippi to improve judicial efficiency, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 571; and
    • Extending the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds: H.R. 2922, to extend the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 572.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider H.R. 982 – Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold / Judiciary Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Steve Cohen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jerry Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Also, the House is expected to consider the Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management of 2013.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, S. 1557, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize support for graduate medical education programs in children’s hospitals.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Drug Quality and Security Act, H.R. 3204, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human drug compounding and drug supply chain security.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 234), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m. today; and that all time during adjournment, recess and morning business, count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 56 yeas to 41 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 233), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
      • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, the Pharmaceutical Drug Compounding bill, post-cloture.
    • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
    • All time during adjournment, morning business and recess will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3204.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

National Journal
“Powering innovation: Technology and our Energy Future”
8:00am, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

House Oversight and Government Reform
“ObamaCare Implementation: The Rollout of HealthCare.gov”
9:30am, 2154 Rayburn

House/Senate Budget Conference
“Conference Committee meeting”
10:00am, 1100 Longworth

House Financial Services
“The Future of Terrorism Insurance: Fostering Private Market Innovation to Limit Taxpayer Exposure”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Homeland Security
“Cyber Side-Effects: How Secure is the Personal Information Entered into the Flawed Healthcare.gov?”
10:00am, 311 Cannon

House Homeland Security
“The Insider Threat to Homeland Security: Examining Our Nation’s Security Clearance Processes”
2:00pm, 311 Cannon

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

COMMUNICATIONS

S.1680 : A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to increase consumer choice and competition in the online video programming distribution marketplace, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3448 : To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide for an optional pilot program allowing certain emerging growth companies to increase the tick sizes of their stocks.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3450 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow individuals to opt out of the minimum required health benefits by permitting health insurance issuers to offer qualified health plans that offer alternative benefits to the minimum essential health benefits otherwise required, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 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.

S.1685 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act and the Social Security Act to extend health information technology assistance eligibility to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals and facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3449 : To establish centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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.1677 : A bill to establish centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 11/12/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 11/12/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.