Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

Senate continues consideration of unemployment benefits, while House passes environmental and health bills.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed H.R. 2279, to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act relating to review of regulations under such Act and to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 relating to financial responsibility for classes of facilities, by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 10.
    • Rejected the Peters (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 9.
    • Rejected:
      • Sinema amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-322) that sought to strike language that would expand eligibility for the National Priorities List (NPL) in Section 204, which is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Would reinstate language that directs listing of the ”highest priority facilities” for cleanup (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 7) and
      • Tonko amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-322) that sought to block implementation of the bill if any provision would increase litigation, reduce funds available for cleaning up contaminated sites, or that would delay clean up of contaminated sites (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 8).

Today:

  • The House passed H.R. 3811 – Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, 291 yeas to 122 nays.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of S. 1845, to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631, relating to extension and modification of emergency unemployment compensation program.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2632 (to Amendment No. 2631), to change the enactment date.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631(listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement from yesterday, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2633, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2634 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2633), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2635 (to Amendment No. 2634), of a perfecting nature.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, 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 Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631.
    • During consideration of this measure yesterday, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 3), Senate failed to table Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2633, to change the enactment date.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the bill; that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the bill be 3 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014, and the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631 (listed above) be 4:30 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014; and that following disposition of the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631.
  • Wilkins Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, 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 53 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 4), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
    • By 54 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 5), Senate agreed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
    • By 55 yeas to 38 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 6), Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the nomination and vote at 5:30 p.m.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday, January 13th.

 


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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.3826 : To provide direction to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the establishment of standards for emissions of any greenhouse gas from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (59)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1905 : A bill to provide direction to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the establishment of standards for emissions of any greenhouse gas from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.3834 : To ensure that certain communities may be granted exceptions for floodproofed residential basements for purposes of determining risk premium rates for flood insurance.
Sponsor: Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1903 : A bill to provide greater fee disclosures for consumers who have prepaid cards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1907 : A bill to amend a provision of the Bank Holding company Act of 1965 regarding prohibitions on investments in certain funds to clarify that such provision shall not be construed to require the divestiture of certain collateralized debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities or debt securities of collateralized loan obligations.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1912 : A bill to clarify that certain banking entities are not required to divest from collateralized debt obligations backed by trust preferred securities under the Volcker Rule.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3832 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify the surety bond requirement applicable to home health agencies as a condition of participation under Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 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.3833 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify the Medicare durable medical equipment face-to-face encounter documentation requirement.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 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.3835 : To require new procedures for health care Exchange Web sites with regard to personal information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1902 : A bill to require notification of individuals of breaches of personally identifiable information through Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

TAX

H.R.3837 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect employees in the building and construction industry who are participants in multiemployer plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.3838 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a consumer renewable credit for utilities that sell intermittent renewable power.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 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.

S.1899 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a consumer renewable credit for a utility that sells renewable power, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TRADE

H.R.3830 : Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Rules; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, and the Budget, 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.1900 : A bill to establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3825 : Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.3839 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program to assist the repair and replacement of bridges, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT

H.R.3824 : Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 1/9/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

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