Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

House votes on Farm Bill; Senate votes on Flood Insurance bill.

 

State of the Union Address

Yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 75.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 7, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 188 nays with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 30.
    • Rejected the Moore motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 192 yeas to 221 nays with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 29.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-33 shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 465, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7) and the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2642), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 27, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 26.
    • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 465 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.
    • A second point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 465 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.
  • The House agreed to take from the Speaker’s table and pass Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act, S. 1901, to authorize the President to extend the term of the nuclear energy agreement with the Republic of Korea until March 19, 2016.

Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Agriculture Committee). Votes are expected at 10:30am.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1926, 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.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11 a.m. today all post-cloture time be yielded back, the motion to proceed to the bill be agreed to, and that after the bill is reported:
      • the following amendments be agreed to: Hagan Amendment No. 2702; Rubio Amendment No. 2704; King Amendment No. 2705; and Blunt Amendment No. 2698; and the amended text be considered as original text for the purposes of further amendment;
      • that the only other amendments in order be the following: Reed Amendment No. 2703; Coburn Amendment No. 2697; Merkley Amendment No. 2709; Heller Amendment No. 2700; Whitehouse Amendment No. 2706; Toomey Amendment No. 2707; and Gillibrand Amendment No. 2708;
      • that no second-degree amendments be in order to any of these amendments prior to votes in relation to the amendments;
      • that it be in order for Senator Toomey to modify his amendment with the text of Rubio Amendment No. 2704 and Hagan Amendment No. 2702;
      • that there be 30 minutes of debate equally divided on each amendment or motion to waive a budget point or order, if made;
      • that there be up to one hour of general debate on the bill equally divided between proponents and opponents;
      • that amendments in this agreement must be offered prior to 3:00 p.m. today;
      • that it be in order for Senator Crapo, or designee, to raise a budget point of order against the bill; that if such a point of order is raised, Senator Menendez, or designee, be recognized to move to waive the point of order; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on the motion to waive, if made; that if the motion to waive is agreed to, Senate vote in relation to the amendments in the order listed;
      • that upon the disposition of the amendments, the bill be read a third time and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
  • The Senate passed the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act, S. 1302, to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for cooperative and small employer charity pension plans, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Reid (for Harkin) Amendment No. 2701, in the nature of a substitute.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if the Senate receives a bill from the House of Representatives that is identical to the text of S. 1302, then the House bill be read three times and passed, with no intervening action or debate.


Today:

  • After the Leader’s remarks, the Senate is expected to begin consideration of S. 1926. The following amendments will be agreed to: Hagan #2702; Rubio #2704; King #2705; and Blunt #2698.
    • The following amendments will be the only other amendments in order:
      • Reed (RI) #2703 (community based policy study);
      • Coburn #2697 (NARAB alternative);
      • Merkley #2709 (forced placed insurance);
      • Heller-Lee #2700 (state authority – private flood insurance);
      • Whitehouse #2706 (fee waiver);
      • Toomey #2707 (substitute), (to be modified with the text of the Rubio amendment #2704 and the Hagan amendment #2702);
      • Gillibrand #2708 (mitigation guidelines).
    • It will be in order for Senator Toomey to modify his amendment with the text of the Rubio amendment #2704 and the Hagan amendment #2702. No second degree amendments will be in order to any of these amendments prior to votes in relation to the amendments. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided on each amendment or motion to waive a budget point or order, if made. There will also be up to one hour of general debate on the bill equally divided between proponents and opponents. Amendments in this agreement must be offered prior to 3:00pm today.
    • It will be in order for Senator Crapo, or his designee, to raise a budget point of order against the bill; if such a point of order is raised, Senator Menendez, or designee, will be recognized to move to waive the point of order. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to the vote on the motion to waive, if made and if the motion to waive is agreed to, the Senate will proceed to votes in relation to the amendments in the order listed.
    • Finally, upon disposition of the amendments, the bill will be read a third time and the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
    • With this agreement, several roll call votes in relation to amendments to the flood insurance bill are expected this evening


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Judiciary
“Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice”
10:00am, 226 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“The Annual Report and Oversight of the Office of Financial Research”
3:30pm, 538 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

ENERGY

H.R.3937 : To evaluate and report on the feasibility and effectiveness of using natural gas as a fuel source in long haul trucks.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3953 : To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act concerning the notice requirements regarding the extent of health plan coverage of abortion.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

TAX

H.R.3939 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to jumpstart the sluggish economy, finance critical infrastructure investments, fight income inequality and create jobs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and 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.3941 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the deduction for mortgage insurance premiums.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3942 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the deduction of state and local general sales taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3943 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the above-the-line deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3944 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3945 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the business research credit.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3946 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the employer wage credit for employees who are active duty members of the uniformed services.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3947 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the work opportunity tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3948 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the 15-year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant buildings and improvements, and qualified retail improvements.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3949 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3950 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the credit for energy-efficient existing homes.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3951 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the credit for energy-efficient new homes.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3952 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the credits for energy-efficient appliances.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3938 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to designate natural gas fueling corridors in the United States for long haul truck traffic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3940 : To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to weight limitations for natural gas vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT

H.R.3936 : To provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] (introduced 1/28/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2014 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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