Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

Senate passed flood insurance bill and tees up vote on Farm Bill

 

House

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is in recess until Monday February 3, 2014.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • By 67 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 19), Senate passed 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 taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • By 34 yeas to 65 nays (Vote No. 16), Toomey Modified Amendment No. 2707, to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases.
      • By 24 yeas to 75 nays (Vote No. 17), Coburn/McCain Amendment No. 2697, to allow States to opt-out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers.
      • By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 18), 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.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Merkley Modified Amendment No. 2709, to establish limitations on force-placed insurance.
  • The Senate began consideration of the conference report to accompany Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to yesterday’s unanimous-consent agreement, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014; that if cloture is invoked, there be 20 minutes remaining post-cloture at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, to be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of that time, all post-cloture time be considered expired and Senate vote on adoption of the conference report.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • 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.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday February 3, 2014.


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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

S.1976 : A bill to protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a breach of security.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 1/30/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 1/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

HEALTH

S.1978 : A bill to increase access to primary care services through training and accountability improvements.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 1/30/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TAX

S.1975 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an above-the-line deduction for child care expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 1/30/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1979 : A bill to provide for USA Retirement Funds, to reform the pension system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 1/30/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

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