Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act of 2013: H.R. 3521, amended, to authorize Department of Veterans Affairs major medical facility leases, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 346 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 630 and
    • Veterans Paralympic Act of 2013: H.R. 1402, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team and the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to United States Paralympics, Inc., by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 353 yeas with none voting ”nay,” Roll No. 631.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2319 – Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) S. 1471 – Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act (Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Coats / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3212 – Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1992 – Israel QME Enhancement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 2019 – Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • H.R. 2922, to extend the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds.
    • 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.
    • S. Res. 315, to authorize the production of records by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1356, to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth.
  • 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 today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 253), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
      • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 254), Senate agreed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
      • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 255), Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 2 p.m. today; and that time during adjournment count post-cloture.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 56 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. EX. 247), Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
    • By 57 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 252), Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency for a term of five years. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 248), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
      • By 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 249), Senate agreed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
      • By 51 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 250), Senate upheld the ruling of the Chair that under precedent set by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013, the threshold for cloture on nominations, not including those of the Supreme Court, is now a majority. Subsequently, Senator McConnell motion to appeal the ruling of the Chair was rejected.
      • By 57 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 251), Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #233, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.



Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment and Public Works
“Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels”
9:00am, 406 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“PPACA Implementation Failures: What’s Next?”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Foreign Affairs
“Afghanistan 2014: Year of Transition”
10:00am, 2172 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Examining the Current and Future Demands on FTA’s Capital Investment Grants”
2:00pm, 2167 Rayburn

Senate Aging
“Protecting Seniors From Medication Labeling Mistakes”
3:45pm, 562 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:


S.1797 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

 

ENERGY

H.R.3684 : To prohibit Federal funding of foreign travel by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency until the Agency conducts public listening sessions on rulemaking targeting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in each of the 15 States with the highest percentage of electricity generated by coal in 2012.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Agriculture; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3691 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to require additional disclosures when lending to military members and their dependents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kildee, Daniel T [MI-5] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3685 : To ensure that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1787 : A bill to require a medical loss ratio of 85 percent for Medicaid managed care plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1791 : A bill to provide for the treatment of certain hospitals under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1798 : A bill to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1795 : A bill to establish a Federal tax credit approximation matching program for State new jobs training tax credits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced 12/10/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/10/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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