Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013: H.R. 2061, amended, to expand the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to increase accountability and transparency in Federal spending, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 588;
    • Amending the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia: H.R. 3343, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia;
    • Amending the Federal Election Campaign Act to extend through 2018 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties: H.R. 3487, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to extend through 2018 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission and to expand such authority to certain other violations;
    • Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for activities associated with the ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Native American code talkers: S. Con. Res. 25, to authorize the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for activities associated with the ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Native American code talkers; and
    • General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DOD Health Care Facility Designation Act: H.R. 272, amended, to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the ”General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DOD Health Care Facility”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 589.
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the ‘Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic’.”

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the following measures:
    • H.R. 1965 – Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee / Judiciary Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Doc Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #5 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #6 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Tom Marino Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Polis / Huffman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Peter DeFazio Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • S. 1545 – PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act (Suspension, 40 minutes of debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn:
      • Reid Amendment No. 2033, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2035, to change the enactment date.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Reid Amendment No. 2034 (to Amendment No. 2033), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2033 (listed above), was withdrawn.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2036 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2035), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2035 (listed above), was withdrawn.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2037 (to Amendment No. 2036), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2036 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2035) (listed above), fell.
    • Subsequently, the motion to invoke cloture on the bill was withdrawn.
  • The Senate passed PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, S. 1545, to extend authorities related to global HIV/AIDS and to promote oversight of United States programs, after agreeing to the committee amendments, which will be considered as original text, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Boxer (for Menendez/Corker) Amendment No. 2147, to require reporting on program evaluations.
  • The Senate began consideration of National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1197, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motion proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Levin/Inhofe) Amendment No. 2123, to increase to $5,000,000,000 the ceiling on the general transfer authority of the Department of Defense.
      • Reid (for Levin/Inhofe) Amendment No. 2124 (to Amendment No. 2123), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Armed Services, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2125, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2126 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2125), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2127 (to Amendment No. 2126), of a perfecting nature.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By a unanimous vote of 91 yeas (Vote No. 236), 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 bill at approximately 11 a.m. today with the time until 12:30 p.m. for debate only.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 53 yeas to 38 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 235), 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.
      • 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 S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“Examining Federal Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps and Other Health Software”
10:00am, 2322 Rayburn

House Science Space and Technology
“Is My Data on Healthcare.gov Secure?”
10:00am, 2318 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Security of HealthCare.gov”
10:15am, 2123 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012: Protecting Taxpayers and Homeowners”
1:30pm, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“The Present and Future Impact of Virtual Currency”
3:00pm, 538 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Energy and Power Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act”
5:00pm, 2123 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3519 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to make the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection an independent agency.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 11/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3522 : To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current group health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 11/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/18/2013 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.1720 : A bill to promote transparency in patent ownership and make other improvements to the patent system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 11/18/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

TAX

H.R.3520 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform rules relating to 501(c)(4) organizations and provide certain taxpayer protections, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 11/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3523 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for audits of the Internal Revenue Service to ensure that employees and service contractors of the Internal Revenue Service file their Federal tax returns on time and pay Federal tax debts owed.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 11/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/18/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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