Today’s Daily Update


House

Yesterday:

  • The House is in recess for the remainder of the year.

Today:

  • The House is in recess for the remainder of the year.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate agreed to S. Res. 322, to authorize the printing of a collection of the rules of the committees of the Senate.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Workforce Investment Act, 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.

 

Nominations:

  • The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, reappointed the following individuals to the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission: William A. Reinsch of Maryland for a term beginning January 1, 2014 and expiring December 31, 2015, and The Honorable Carte P. Goodwin of West Virginia for a term beginning January 1, 2014 and expiring December 31, 2015.
  • The Senate began consideration of the following nominations:
    • Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. (8 hours of debate)
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
        • By 53 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 277), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the nomination.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
    • John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue. (8 hours of debate)
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
        • By 55 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 278), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the nomination.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
    • Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. (2 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
    • Janet L. Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (30 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
    • Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Janet L. Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
    • Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights). (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    • Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights).
    • Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
    • Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
    • Richard J. Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. (8 hours of debate)
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 78 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. EX. 274), Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
    • By 78 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. EX. 276), Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 275), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • At 10:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59, the budget resolution.
    • Under the rule, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59 was 9:00am today.



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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

BUDGET

H.R.3773 : To extend the emergency unemployment compensation program until January 1, 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

ENERGY

H.R.3780 : To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish an Ocean Energy Safety Institute, to promote the use of best available and safest offshore drilling technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on 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

S.1828 : A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage.
Sponsor: Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3776 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create alternative sanctions for technical noncompliance with the Stark rule under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 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.3783 : To amend section 1101 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to extend for one year the high risk health insurance pool program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3784 : To repeal the Affordable Care Act unless the initial enrollment target for Exchanges has been met, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, 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.3785 : To provide for a reduction in the pay of the Secretary of Health and Human Services until the healthcare.gov Web site is certified as fully functional.
Sponsor: Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

 

TAX

H.R.3777 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disregard students as employees for purposes of determining employer health care shared responsibility.
Sponsor: Rep Daines, Steve [MT] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3781 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow small employers a credit against income tax for hiring individuals receiving unemployment compensation.
Sponsor: Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] (introduced 12/16/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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