Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 420, the rule that is providing for consideration of H.R. 1900, to provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects, by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 593, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 592.
  • Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act: The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 600. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, November 19th.
      • Rejected the Kirkpatrick motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 599.
    • Rejected:
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that was debated on November 19th that sought to preserve the First Amendment Right To Petition (by a recorded vote of 199 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 594);
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that was debated on November 19th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 595);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that was debated on November 19th that sought to eliminate prohibition of award of attorney fees which otherwise would be recoverable under Equal Access to Justice Act (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 596);
      • Polis amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that was debated on November 19th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 202 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 597); and
      • DeFazio amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-271) that was debated on November 19th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 598).
  • Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act: The House passed H.R. 2728, to recognize States’ authority to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 604.
      • Rejected the Lowenthal motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 603.
      • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-27 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:
      • Flores amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-271) that requires states to submit a copy of their hydraulic fracturing regulations and chemical disclosure requirements to the BLM for public disclosure and provides other technical/clarifying changes;
      • Reed amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-271), as modified, that directs the GAO to conduct a study on the economic benefits of domestic oil and gas production as a result of hydraulic fracturing including job creation, energy prices and State and Federal revenues; and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-271) that instructs the Secretary to conduct an annual review of any and all state hydraulic fracturing activity and submit a report to Congress.
    • Rejected:
      • Holt amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-271) that sought to allow the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 601) and
      • DeFazio amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-271) that sought to prohibit the export of natural gas produced from public lands (by a recorded vote of 142 ayes to 276 noes, Roll No. 602).
  • H. Res. 419, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1965) and (H.R. 2728), was agreed to yesterday, November 19th.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider H.R. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Paul Tonko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Kathy Castor Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jackie Speier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. John Dingell 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:
    • 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.
      • 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, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, November 22, 2013.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 21, 2013; and that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the bill be at 1:00 p.m.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • During Wednesday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on S.1197. As result, the filing deadline for all first degree amendments to the bill is 1:00pm on Thursday.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
“CFPB Bills Mark up- Roll Call Votes”
8:45am, 2128 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“A Legislative Proposal to Amend the Securities Investor Protection Act”
9:30am, 2128 Rayburn

SEC
“Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation”
9:00am, 100 F Street, NE

Senate Banking
“Housing Finance Reform: Powers and Structure of a Strong Regulator”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

ENERGY

H.R.3565 : To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to establish a biennial commission to develop a comprehensive energy policy for the United States.
Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1743 : A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to recognize the authority of States to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3543 : To permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 and establish a private right of action to enforce compliance with such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3550 : To stabilize the housing and banking sectors by eliminating policies that distort markets and facilitate risky lending, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Amash, Justin [MI-3] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Appropriations; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Appropriations, Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Judiciary, 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.3555 : To amend the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, including making changes to the Do Not Pay initiative, for improved detection, prevention, and recovery of improper payments to deceased individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bustos, Cheri [IL-17] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (55)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

H.R.3559 : To establish a program to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with Federal agencies.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R.3563 : Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

S.1741 : A bill to direct the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) to carry out a pilot program to develop innovative consumer financial products that encourage savings and wealth-creation among members of the Armed Forces on active duty.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

 

HEALTH

H.R.3548 : To amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to expand the definition of trauma to include thermal, electrical, chemical, radioactive, and other extrinsic agents.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3554 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to designate certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3567 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for additional coverage options for beneficiaries under the original Medicare fee-for-service program through a Medicare Link program.
Sponsor: Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

S.RES.303 : A resolution declaring that achieving the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 is an urgent national priority.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


TAX

H.R.3553 : To allow a credit against income tax for employers who pay their Federal contractor employees compensation lost by reason of the Federal Government shutdown.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRADE

H.R.3558 : To provide the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of the Treasury with authority to more aggressively enforce customs and trade laws relating to textile and apparel articles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Tom [GA-14] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1748 : A bill to authorize appropriations to the Secretary of Commerce to establish public-private partnerships under the Market Development Cooperator Program of the International Trade Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.3551 : To require the periodic inspection of certain railroad facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] (introduced 11/20/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

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