Today’s Daily Update

House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013, H.R. 982, to amend title 11 of the United States Code to require the public disclosure by trusts established under section 524(g) of such title, of quarterly reports that contain detailed information regarding the receipt and disposition of claims for injuries based on exposure to asbestos, by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 579.
    • Rejected the Owens motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the bill back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 yeas to 224 nays, Roll No. 578.
    • Rejected:
      • Cohen amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-264) that sought to exempt from the bill asbestos trusts with internal anti-fraud procedures (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 575);
      • Nadler amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-264) that sought to protect public health and safety by adding a requirement that any party seeking payment information from a trust must also make available information relevant to such action that pertains to public health or safety (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 576); and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-264) that sought to apply the transparency rules in the bill equally to asbestos industry defendants by requiring asbestos companies to report information about the location of their asbestos-containing products and provides an exception for trade secrets (by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 577).

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider:
    • Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 3080- Water Resources Development Act of 2013 and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees
    • H.R. 2655 – Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the 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.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11:30 a.m. today the Senate vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate will proceed to vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.R.3402, the Pharmaceutical Drug Compounding bill. A voice vote is expected on the motion to proceed to the bill.


 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
“Nominations Hearing”
9:30am, 366 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“EPA’s Proposed GHG Standards for New Power Plants and H.R. __, Whitfield-Manchin Legislation”
9:30am, 2123 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Capital Formation Bills Markup”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“Federal Reserve Nomination”
10:00am, 106 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Obamacare Implementation Problems: More than Just a Broken Website”
10:00am, 2322 Rayburn

House Small Business
“Self-Insurance and Health Benefits: An Affordable Option for Small Business?”
10:00am, 2360 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“The Impact of Patent Assertion Entities on Innovation and the Economy”
2:00pm, 2123 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

ENERGY

S.1698 : A bill to provide for the establishment of clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean technologies.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3468 : To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to extend insurance coverage to amounts held in a member account on behalf of another person, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1689 : A bill to treat payments by charitable organizations with respect to certain firefighters as exempt payments.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3462 : To amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, and 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.3474 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1693 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to extend the initial open enrollment period.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1699 : A bill to permit individuals to renew certain health insurance coverage offered in the individual or small group markets and to provide that such individuals would not be subject to the individual mandate penalty.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Mark [CO] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

H.R.3476 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3479 : To provide a taxpayer bill of rights for small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3464 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to discharges incidental to the normal operation of certain vessels.
Sponsor: Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3475 : To amend title 46, United States Code, to provide protections for cruise vessel passengers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garamendi, John [CA-3] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1692 : A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to modify the final rule relating to flightcrew member duty and rest requirements for passenger operations of air carriers to apply to all-cargo operations of air carriers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 11/13/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.