Today’s Daily Update

Omnibus Budget was released last night; House votes on short-term CR today; Senate continues consideration of unemployment benefits.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Revising the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township: H.R. 1513, to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township and to limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be acquired, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 12;
    • Authorizing the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs: S. 230, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 13; and
    • Amending the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections: H.R. 841, amended, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections.

Today:

  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2274 – The Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 801 – Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Womack / Financial Services Committee)
    • 3) H.J.Res. 106 – Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2860 – OPM IG Act (Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1233 – The Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1846, to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of Unemployment Benefits Extension, S. 1845, to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, 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.
      • 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631 (listed above) occur at 2:30 p.m. today; and that the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill occur following disposition of Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631, or if cloture is not invoked on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631, Senate immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. today that the filing deadline for second-degree amendments to the bill be 11 a.m. today.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 7), Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act.
    • The filing deadline for all second degree amendments to S.1845 is 11:00am today.
    • At 2:30pm, there will be up to two roll call votes. The first vote will be on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reed substitute amendment #2631 and if cloture is not invoked on the substitute amendment, there will be a second vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1845, the Unemployment Insurance Extension.

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“Energy and Power Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“How Prospective and Current Homeowners Will Be Harmed by the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Rule”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
“Examining Conference and Travel Spending Across the Federal Government”
10:30am, 342 Dirksen

Brookings
“The U.S. Unconventional Hydrocarbon Renaissance and Impact on Japan”
2:00pm, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Senate Judiciary
“Hearing on the Report of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies”
2:30pm, 226 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.3859 : To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to adjust minimum bids and annual rentals for oil and gas and tar sands leases to reflect inflation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.1913 : A bill to make permanent the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Mark [CO] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

HEALTH

H.R.3858 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with health care providers to improve health care access and care coordination for veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-16] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.1915 : A bill to permit health insurance issuers to offer additional plan options to individuals.
Sponsor: Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

H.R.3856 : Homeowners Debt Relief Extension Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3861 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for business start-up expenditures from $5,000 to $10,000.
Sponsor: Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] (introduced 1/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

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