Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

House passed Farm Bill yesterday; Senate to vote on flood bill today.

 

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to the Farm Bill conference report, H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agriculture and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, by 251 yeas to 166 nays.

Today:

  • The House is in recess for the annual House GOP retreat.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, S. 1417, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • 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.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Veterans Medical Services and Benefits, S. 1950, to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans.The Senate began consideration of 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • Hagan/Pryor Amendment No. 2702, to exempt certain loans from the escrow requirement under section 102(d)(1) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973.
      • Rubio Amendment No. 2704, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make publicly available data that provide the basis for risk premium rates for flood insurance, to allow monthly installment payments for premiums, and to ensure that mitigation activities completed by an owner or lessee of real property are accounted for when determining risk premium rates for flood insurance.
      • King/Collins Amendment No. 2705, to clarify that communities that successfully appeal flood elevation determinations based on errors by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Scientific Resolution Panel are eligible for reimbursements for expenses incurred in such appeals.
      • Blunt Amendment No. 2698, to increase the amount of substantial improvement to a property that triggers the loss of flood insurance subsidies.
      • Reed Amendment No. 2703, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to assess voluntary community-based flood insurance options.
      • Whitehouse Amendment No. 2706, to exempt natural resource agencies from fees for flood insurance rate map change requests.
      • Gillibrand Amendment No. 2708, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may implement to mitigate against flood risk.
    • Pending:
      • Heller/Lee Amendment No. 2700, to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a State shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973.
      • Coburn/McCain Amendment No. 2697, to allow States to opt-out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers.
      • Toomey Modified Amendment No. 2707, to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases.
      • Merkley Modified Amendment No. 2709, to establish limitations on force-placed insurance.
    • During consideration of this measure, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 64 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 15), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to the bill. Subsequently, the point of order that the bill was in violation of section 201(a) of S. Con. Res. 21, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. today, with the time until 11:15 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, with the final ten minutes equally divided between Senator Menendez, or his designee, and Senator Toomey, or his designee, with Senator Toomey controlling the final five minutes; that at 11:15 a.m., Senate vote on or in relation to the following:
        • Toomey Amendment No. 2707, as modified; Coburn Amendment No. 2697;
        • Merkley Amendment No. 2709, as modified; and
        • Heller Amendment No. 2700;
        • that upon disposition of Heller Amendment No. 2700, Senate recess until 2 p.m.;
    • at 2 p.m., when the Senate reconvenes, Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended; there be two minutes of debate prior to each vote, equally divided in the usual form; and that all after the first votes be ten minute votes.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. The time until 11:15am will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. The final 10 minutes will be equally divided and controlled between Senators Menendez and Toomey or their designees with Senator Toomey controlling the final five minutes.
  • At 11:15am, there will be up to 4 roll call votes in relation to the following:
    • Toomey amendment #2707, as modified
    • Coburn amendment #2697
    • Merkley amendment #2709, as modified and
    • Heller amendment #2700.
  • Following disposition of the Heller amendment, the Senate will recess until 2:00pm. At 2:00pm, there will be a roll call vote on passage of S.1926, as amended. There will be two minutes of debate prior to each vote and all after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.


Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Brookings Institution
“Trading Stocks in America: Key Policy Issues”
9:00am, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
“U.S. Crude Oil Exports: Opportunities and Challenges”
9:30am, 366 Dirksen

 

Senate Finance
“Hearing to consider the nomination of Karen Dynan, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Janice Eberly; and Richard G. Frank, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Sherry Glied, resigned”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

S.1971 : A bill to establish an interagency coordination committee or subcommittee with the leadership of the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior, focused on the nexus between energy and water production, use, and efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3966 : To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for equitable treatment of residents of the territories with respect to low-income subsidies under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 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.3969 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3974 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the TRICARE Program for adult children of members and former members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.3975 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for low vision devices under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Owens, William L. [NY-21] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 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.

 

TAX

H.R.3965 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude major professional sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations.
Sponsor: Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3967 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the increased limitation on the cover over of the tax on distilled spirits to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Sponsor: Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3968 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the deduction allowable with respect to income attributable to domestic production activities in Puerto Rico.
Sponsor: Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3970 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the denial of deduction for certain excessive employee remuneration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3977 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow 529 tuition programs with respect to elementary and secondary education expenses.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1970 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify safe harbor requirements applicable to automatic contribution arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.3978 : To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure credit assistance pilot program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 1/29/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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