Today’s Daily Update


Senate considers judicial and executive nominations. House moves forward on the Budget deal and Farm Bill

 

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013: H.R. 2319, amended, to clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 633;
    • Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act: S. 1471, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of the Army to reconsider decisions to inter or honor the memory of a person in a national cemetery, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 634;
    • Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013: H.R. 3212, amended, to ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations and to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 635;
    • Israel QME Enhancement Act: H.R. 1992, amended, to amend the requirements relating to assessment of Israel’s qualitative military edge over military threats, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 636; and
    • Kids First Research Act of 2013: H.R. 2019, amended, to eliminate taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National Institutes of Health, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 103 nays, Roll No. 632.
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To eliminate taxpayer financing of political party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National Institutes of Health, and for other purposes.”

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with a House Amendment to H.J.Res. 59 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (Disposition of Senate Amendment Rule, Seventy Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Budget Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for sixty minutes of debate controlled by the Budget Committee and ten minutes of debate controlled by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • The House is expected to consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.Res. __ – Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3304, with an amendment (Sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon / Armed Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1447 – Death in Custody Reporting Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3509 – Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • The House is expected to begin consideration of the Farm Bill, H.R. 3695 – To provide a temporary extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and amendments made by that Act, as previously extended and amended with certain additional modifications and exceptions, to suspend permanent price support authorities, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, Forty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Agriculture Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • 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 confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 256), Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • At 1:00am this morning, the Senate approved a cloture motion on the nomination of Chai Rachel Feldblum to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Chai Rachel Feldblum to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and consider other nominations.



Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
“Consider Pending Nominations”
9:00am, 366 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Finance System”
9:30am, 2128 Rayburn

House Ways and Means
Markup of: H.R. 2810 “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”
10:00am, 1100 Longworth

Senate Finance
“Open Executive Session to Consider an Original Bill to Repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate System and to Consider Health Care Extenders; and The Supporting At-Risk Children Act”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

House Natural Resources
“ESA Decisions by Closed-Door Settlement: Short-Changing Science, Transparency, Private Property, and State & Local Economies”
10:00am, 1324 Longworth

House Oversight and Government Reform
“FDA Checkup: Drug Development and Manufacturing Challenges”
1:30pm, 2154 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:


AGRICULTURE

H.R.3695 : To provide a temporary extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and amendments made by that Act, as previously extended and amended and with certain additional modifications and exceptions, to suspend permanent price support authorities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.1802 : A bill to provide equal treatment for utility special entities using utility operations-related swaps, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

APPROPRIATIONS

H.RES.438 : Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 59) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; providing for proceedings during the period from December 14, 2013, through January 6, 2014; and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Rules
House Reports: 113-290
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 78.

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.3696 : To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make certain improvements regarding cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Homeland Security; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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. 

 

ENERGY

H.R.3702 : To delay the effective date of certain rules of the Environmental Protection Agency until a report is submitted and a law is enacted setting the rule’s effective date.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3703 : To provide for the expedited approval of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Foreign Affairs; House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, 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.3693 : To clarify the application of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to premium rates for certain properties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3700 : To instruct the Secretary of the Treasury to use 25 percent of civil fines collected for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act to make grants to community financial institutions to improve compliance with the provisions of that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3701 : To make improvements to provisions of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 relating to proprietary trading by banking entities.
Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3711 : To reduce risks to the financial system by limiting banks’ ability to engage in certain risky activities and limiting conflicts of interest, to reinstate certain Glass-Steagall Act protections that were repealed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

S.1803 : A bill to require certain protections for student loan borrowers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3698 : To delay the enforcement of the Medicare two-midnight rule for short inpatient hospital stays until the implementation of a new Medicare payment methodology for short inpatient hospital stays, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3705 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish appropriateness requirements for certain advanced diagnostic imaging services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 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.

H.R.3709 : To prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.3710 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) as durable medical equipment under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 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.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3708 : To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue or revise regulations with respect to the medical certification of certain small aircraft pilots, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1804 : A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 12/11/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 12/11/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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