Today’s Daily Update

House is expected to vote on the 2014 Budget Omnibus; Senate will consider short-term CR, unemployment benefits, and Omnibus, if passed by the House.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act: H.R. 2274, amended, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide for a notice-filing registration procedure for brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies and to provide for regulation appropriate to the limited scope of the activities of such brokers, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 14;
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies.”
    • Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act: H.R. 801, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to make the shareholder threshold for registration of savings and loan holding companies the same as for bank holding companies, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 15;
    • Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014: H.J. Res. 106, to make further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014;
    • OPM IG Act: H.R. 2860, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management may use amounts in the revolving fund of the Office to fund audits, investigations, and oversight activities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 17; and
    • Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments: H.R. 1233, amended, to amend chapter 22 of title 44, United States Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting ”nay”. Roll No. 18.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 3547 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee / Science, Space, and Technology Committee).

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed Poison Center Network Act, H.R. 3527, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program.
  • 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 continued 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 8), 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.
      • By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 9), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631 (listed above).
      • By 55 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 10), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the bill.
  • Further Continuing Appropriations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at noon today, the Senate begin consideration of H.J. Res. 106, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, that there be no amendments, motions or points of order in order to the joint resolution; that there be up to 15 minutes of debate equally divided on the joint resolution; and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on passage of the joint resolution.

Today:

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00am and Senator Reid is expected to move to proceed to S.1846, Flood Insurance.
  • At 12:00 noon, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.J.Res.106, the short term continuing resolution. There will be up to 15 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on passage of the joint resolution.
  • Also, the Senate is expected to begin consideration of the Omnibus Appropriations a bill once it is received from the House.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Congressional Executive Comission on China
“China’s Compliance with the World Trade Organization and International Trade Rules”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“A Review of the Challenges Facing California High Speed Rail”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“The Impact of the Volcker Rule on Job Creators, Part I”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“Regulating Financial Holding Companies and Physical Commodities”
2:00pm, 538 Dirksen

House Homeland Security
“Markup of HR 3696 the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013”
2:00pm, 311 Cannon

House Foreign Affairs
“A Report on the G-8 Dementia Summit”
2:00pm, 2200 Rayburn

Senate Special Aging
“Aging in Comfort: Assessing the Special Needs of America’s Holocaust Survivors”
2:15pm, 562 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

S.1922 : A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to prevent the illegal trafficking of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits by requiring all program beneficiaries to show valid photo identification when purchasing items with program benefits.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

ENERGY

H.R.3870 : To provide for the use of funds in the Hazardous Substance Superfund for the purposes for which they were collected, to ensure adequate resources for the cleanup of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, 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.

 

DEBT CEILING

H.RES.459 : Providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 3372) to provide a process for ensuring the United States does not default on its obligations.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Rules.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1916 : HELP Rural Communities Act of 2014
Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1923 : A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exempt from registration brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1926 : A bill to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and to reform the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3871 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow increased contributions to health savings accounts, to allow Medicare and VA healthcare participants to contribute to health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1918 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a special change in status rule for employees who become eligible for TRICARE.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

H.R.3864 : To amend certain provisions of the Social Security Act relating to demonstration projects designed to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3865 : To prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1920 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the research and development credit to encourage innovation.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3862 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to assist municipalities and regional sewer authorities that would experience a significant hardship raising the revenue necessary to finance projects and activities for the construction of wastewater treatment works, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3872 : To amend title 23, United States Code, to reauthorize the State infrastructure bank program.
Sponsor: Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] (introduced 1/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/14/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

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