Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday and will vote on nominations today, with the cloture vote on Janet Yellen to be the Federal Reserve Chairwoman today and confirmation vote on January 6th.

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 following measures:
    • Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act: Senate passed H.R. 2319, to clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994.
    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 623, to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the bill was then passed.
    • Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 767, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project, and the bill was then passed.
    • Accuracy for Adoptees Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 1614, to require Certificates of Citizenship and other Federal documents to reflect name and date of birth determinations made by a State court, and the bill was then passed.
  • The Senate considered the following measures:
    • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.
    • The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 84 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 284), by agreeing to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 3304, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
      • Withdrawn: Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Reid Amendment No. 2552, to change the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.
      • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
        • By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 283), Senate failed to table the 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 (listed above).
        • Reid Amendment No. 2553 (to Amendment No. 2552), of a perfecting nature fell when Reid Amendment No. 2552 was withdrawn.

Today:

  • The Senate is expected to hold the following roll call votes:
    • Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue
    • Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
    • Confirmation of the Davis nomination
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday:

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1861 : A bill to save taxpayer money and end bailouts of financial institutions by providing for a process to allow financial institutions to go bankrupt.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1867 : A bill to provide protection for consumers who have prepaid cards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1869 : A bill to repeal section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, relating to an annual adjustment of retired pay for members of the Armed Forces under the age of 62, and to provide an offset.
Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1876 : A bill to reauthorize and restructure adoption incentive payments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1881 : A bill to expand sanctions imposed with respect to Iran and to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (26)
Latest Major Action: 12/20/2013 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3795 : To require notifications by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to Congress and to individuals of breaches of personally identifiable information of such individuals maintained, submitted to, or submitted by a system maintained by Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3796 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for bundled payments for certain episodes of care surrounding a hospitalization, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 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.

H.R.3799 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under part B of the Medicare Program, and to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.3803 : 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 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
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: 12/19/2013 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.

S.1860 : A bill to reform the medical liability system, improve access to health care for rural and indigent patients, enhance access to affordable prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1871 : An original bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula and to improve beneficiary access under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 280.

S.1879 : A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for coverage of oral anticancer drugs on terms no less favorable than the coverage provided for anticancer medications administered by a health care provider.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.3788 : To repeal the reductions in military retirement benefits made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and to require inclusion of the taxpayer’s social security number to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (45)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.3791 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an above-the-line deduction for health insurance premiums.
Sponsor: Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3793 : To restore full military retirement benefits by closing corporate tax loopholes.
Sponsor: Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-24] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (36)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 12/19/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.1859 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 12/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 12/20/2013 Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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