Today’s Daily Update

Takeway

Senate passed the bipartisan Budget Act yesterday and votes on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today.

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 passed the Budget Act by 64 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 281). Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn: Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the joint resolution, with Reid Amendment No. 2547, to change the enactment date.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: Reid Amendment No. 2548 (to Amendment No. 2547), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the joint resolution, with Reid Amendment No. 2547(listed above), was withdrawn.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the National Defense Authorization Act contained in H.R. 3304, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Reid Amendment No. 2552, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2553 (to Amendment No. 2552), of a perfecting nature.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 71 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 282), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • Reid motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Armed Services, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2554, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on the Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2555 (to (the instructions of the motion to refer) Amendment No. 2554), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Armed Services, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2554 (listed above) fell.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2556 (to Amendment No. 2555), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2555 (to (the instructions of the motion to refer) Amendment No. 2554) (listed above) fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill at approximately 10:00 a.m. today; and that all time during adjournment count post-cloture on motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 1402, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law.
    • American Diabetes Month: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 316, supporting the goals and ideals of American Diabetes Month, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • Tragic Shooting at Los Angeles International Airport: Senate agreed to S. Res. 324, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on November 1, 2013, of employees of the Transportation Security Administration.
  • 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.

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. All time during adjournment will count post-cloture on the motion to concur with respect to NDAA. Roll call votes are possible throughout the day.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

COMMUNICATIONS

S.1858 : A bill to require the Federal Communications Commission to suspend and revise portions of the Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that revised Universal Service Fund distribution to rural carriers, to encourage renewed investment by rural rate-of-return carriers in deployment of broadband infrastructure in rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 12/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1852 : A bill to provide for the establishment of free market enterprise zones in order to help facilitate the creation of new jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, enhanced and renewed educational opportunities, and increased community involvement in bankrupt or economically distressed areas.
Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 12/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

HEALTH

S.1849 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a fixed annual open enrollment period.
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 12/18/2013) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1851 : A bill to provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 12/18/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.1855 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the reduced recognition period for built-in gains for S corporations.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 12/18/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.