Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, H.R. 1965, to streamline and ensure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty, and give certainty to oil shale development for American energy security, economic development, and job creation. Consideration is expected to resume today.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-26 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Hastings (WA) manager’s amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that adjusts the amount of funds authorized to be made available to BLM field offices for energy permitting to ensure bill has a positive (deficit reducing) score;
      • Hanabusa amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that requires the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture to include in their Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy, the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of geothermal, solar, wind, or other renewable energy sources on lands designated as Hawaiian Home Lands that the state agency or department responsible for the administration of these lands selects to be used for energy production; and
      • Marino amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that requires the Secretary of the Interior to include Federal lands as a part of its plan to address new demands for oil and gas pipelines.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that seeks to preserve the First Amendment Right To Petition;
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that seeks to allow the Secretary of the Interior to continue to review actions that generally qualify for Categorical Exclusions to NEPA for possible Extraordinary Circumstances (e.g. Violations of a Federal law, or a State, local, or tribal law or requirement) which would then supersede the Categorical Exclusion and require further NEPA review;
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that seeks to eliminate prohibition of award of attorney fees which otherwise would be recoverable under Equal Access to Justice Act;
      • Polis amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that seeks to require the National Academy of Sciences to study and report to Congress about the impact of flooding on oil and gas facilities and the resulting instances of leaking and spills from tanks, wells, and pipelines; and
      • DeFazio amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that seeks to authorize $10 million of the revenue generated by the underlying bill for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use existing authority to limit speculation in energy markets.
  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013: S. 1545, to extend authorities related to global HIV/AIDS and to promote oversight of United States programs.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider H.Res. 420 – A resolution providing for the consideration of H.R. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Rules Committee)
  • The House is expected to complete consideration of 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)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #5
      • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #6
      • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment
      • Rep. Peter DeFazio Amendment
  • The House is expected to consider H.R. 2728 – Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores / Natural Resources Committee / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Holt / Peters / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bill Flores Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Reed / Costa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Peter DeFazio Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the 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, taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 237), Inhofe (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 2255, to propose alternative requirements and limitations applicable to individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
      • By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 238), Levin/McCain Amendment No. 2175, to propose an alternative to section 1033, relating to a limitation on the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
    • Withdrawn:
      • Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Armed Services, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2125, to change the enactment date.
    • 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. 2305, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2306 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2305), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2307 (to Amendment No. 2306), of a perfecting nature.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Reid Amendment No. 2126 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2125), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Armed Services, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2125, was withdrawn.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2127 (to Amendment No. 2126), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2126 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2125), fell.
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. today; that there be up to six hours of debate only on the issue of sexual assault; with Senator Gillibrand, or designee controlling three hours; Senators McCaskill and Ayotte, or designees, each controlling 75 minutes; the Ranking Member, or designee, controlling 20 minutes; and the Chairman, or designee, controlling 10 minutes.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act. There will be up to 6 hours for debate only on the issue of sexual assault with the time divided as follows:
    • Senator Gillibrand, or her designee controlling three hours;
    • Senators McCaskill and Ayotte, or their designees, each controlling 75 minutes;
    • Ranking Member Inhofe, or his designee, controlling 20 minutes; and
    • Chairman Levin, or his designee, controlling 10 minutes.
  • The Senate hopes to reach an agreement to vote on the sexual assault-related amendments during today’s session.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“Energy and Power Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
“Affordable Care Act Implementation: Examining How to Achieve a Successful Rollout of the Small Business Exchanges”
10:00am, 428 Russell

Senate Finance
“Hearing to consider the nominations of Sarah Bloom Raskin; and Rhonda Schnare Schmidtlein”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“CFPB Bills Mark up”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

CFPB
“Mortgages Field Hearing”
11:00am

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Soldiers as Consumers: Predatory and Unfair Business Practices Harming the Military Community”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3529 : To provide exemptions from certain mortgage, servicing, and appraisal requirements for non-profit low-income housing providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1725 : A bill to amend the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 to confirm that a customer’s net equity claim is based on the customer’s last statement and that certain recoveries are prohibited, to change how trustees are appointed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3531 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 3-day prior hospitalization requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility services in qualified skilled nursing facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3540 : To amend chapter 26 of title 35, United States Code, to require the disclosure of information related to patent ownership, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.3541 : To prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1723 : A bill to clarify that the anti-kickback laws apply to qualified health plans, the federally-facilitated marketplaces, and other plans and programs under title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1724 : A bill to provide that the reinsurance fee for the transitional reinsurance program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be applied equally to all health insurance issuers and group health plans.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1726 : A bill to prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1729 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide further options with respect to levels of coverage under qualified health plans.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1735 : A bill 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: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

TAX

H.R.3535 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to authorize a new empowerment zone designations for urban areas with high unemployment and high foreclosure rates, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3537 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the credit for increasing research activities, to increase such credit for amounts paid or incurred for qualified research occurring in the United States, and to increase the domestic production activities deduction for the manufacture of property substantially all of the research and development of which occurred in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1737 : A bill to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend increased expensing limitations and the treatment of certain real property as section 179 property.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 11/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 11/19/2013 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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