Today’s Daily Update


Takeway

Senate to vote on Farm Bill passage; Congressional Budget Office to release 2014 Economic Report

 

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act: H.R. 1791, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 32 and
    • GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act: H.R. 357, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 390 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 33.

Today:

  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 3590 – Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Natural Resources Committee / Agriculture Committee / Judiciary Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Doc Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Richard Hanna Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Pete Gallego Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Paul Broun Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jason Smith Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Rick Crawford Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Fleming Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Holt / Connolly / Lowenthal / Van Hollen / Langevin / Cartwright / Ellison / Blumenauer / Grijalva / Shea-Porter / Capps / Quigley / Delaney / Davis / Matsui Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Dan Kildee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • 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 resumed 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. During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 72 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 20), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill at approximately 10 a.m. today with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. The time until 12:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be up to 20 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At approximately 2:35pm, there will be a roll call vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.2642, the farm bill.

 


Hearings Covered by W&J Today


BGOV
“America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure”
8:30am, 1101 K Street NW, 5th Floor

House Financial Services
“The Federal Insurance Office’s Report on Modernizing Insurance Regulation”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Judiciary
“Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime”
10:15am, 226 Dirksen

House Ways and Means
Markup of: H.R. 2575, “Save American Workers Act of 2013” and H.R. 3979, “Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act”
10:15am, 1100 Longworth

Senate HELP
“Nomination of Surgeon General designate, Vivek Hallegere Murthy”
10:30am, 430 Dirksen

Senate Budget
“The 2014 Outlook: Moving from Constant Crises to Broad-Based Growth”
10:30am, 608 Dirksen

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.3985 : To sunset funding under sections 1341 and 1342, and to repeal section 1343, of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 2/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1980 : A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment under the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program and to promote quality care.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 2/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1982 : A bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 2/3/2014) Cosponsors (10)
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.1985 : A bill to reauthorize and modify the pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides health services to veterans through qualifying non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 2/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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