Today’s Daily Update

Senate passed Farm Bill yesterday and will consider unemployment benefits tomorrow.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of the Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act, H.R. 3590, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. Consideration of the measure is expected to resume tomorrow, February 5th.
    • Agreed to:
      • Hastings (WA) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that makes technical, clarifying and conforming changes to the Committee Print;
      • Hanna amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that requires a report on economic impacts of the Act. The report would include any expected increases in recreational hunting, fishing, shooting, and conservation activities; an estimate of jobs created to support such activities; an estimate of wages related to these jobs; and estimate of anticipated new local, State, and Federal revenue;
      • Castro (TX) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that ensures that women and minority groups, as appropriate, are included for membership on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee;
      • Gallego amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that adds veterans service organizations to the list of discretionary members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee. Many organizations, including the VA, include outdoor activities to help wounded veterans in their rehabilitation efforts;
      • Smith (MO) amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that preserves current motorized vessel management in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a National Park in Southeast Missouri;
      • Crawford amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that allows the State office of the Cooperative Extension System of the Department of Agriculture and State department of fish and wildlife to determine regular agricultural practices for purposes of federal hunting guidelines;
      • Fleming amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that restores hunting access to the Kisatchie National Forest for deer hunting with dogs. Includes private property protections; and
      • Polis amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that maintains access to National Forest System lands for snowmobilers while a winter Travel Management Rule for National Forests is finalized.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • DeFazio amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that seeks to strike the National Environmental Policy Act waivers in the bill and
      • Holt amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 113-339) that seeks to promote the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to consider climate change when making decisions related to recreation and conservation on public lands.
    • H. Res. 470, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 35, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 34.

Today:

  • The House will complete 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). Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Peter DeFazio Amendment #6
    • Rep. Rush Holt Amendment
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 3964 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Valadao / Natural Resources Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Grace Napolitano Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Doris Matsui Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bera / McNerney / Thompson / Matsui / Garamendi / Swalwell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Lois Capps Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. DeFazio / Huffman / DelBene / Speier / Thompson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jared Huffman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Scott Peters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 21), Senate agreed to 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.
  • 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.
    • Subsequently, the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill was withdrawn.
  • The Senate resumed 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:
    • Rejected:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631, relating to extension and modification of emergency unemployment compensation program. (By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 22), Senate tabled the amendment.)
    • Withdrawn:
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2633, to change the enactment date.
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714, of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2715 (to Amendment No. 2714), to change the enactment date.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714 (listed above), 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 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2716, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2717 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2716), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2718 (to Amendment No. 2717), of a perfecting nature.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714 (listed above).
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • Reid Amendment No. 2634 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2633), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2633 was withdrawn.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2635 (to Amendment No. 2634), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2634 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2633) fell.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2632 (to Amendment No. 2631), to change the enactment date, fell when Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2631 was tabled.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that today count as the intervening day.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m. tomorrow the Senate resume consideration of the bill, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill be 9:45 a.m. tomorrow and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments to Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714 (listed above) and the bill be 10:45 a.m. tomorrow; and that the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714, be at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1963, to repeal section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
  • Senator Baucus Nomination: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader with the concurrence of the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Max Sieben Baucus, of Montana, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; that there be 60 minutes for debate, equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; that no further motions be in order.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until tomorrow.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
“Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?”
9:30am, 2123 Rayburn

House Oversight and Government Reform
“ObamaCare: Why the Need for an Insurance Company Bailout?”
9:30am, 2154 Rayburn

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

IRS
“Public hearing”
10:00am, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW

House Homeland Security
“Markup of H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013”
10:00am, 311 Cannon

House Financial Services
“The Annual Report of the Office of Financial Research”
2:00pm, 2128 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.3990 : To prevent and mitigate identity theft, to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches, and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance, and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access, and misuse of personally identifiable information.
Sponsor: Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce; House Financial Services; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

S.1995 : A bill to protect consumers by mitigating the vulnerability of personally identifiable information to theft through a security breach, providing notice and remedies to consumers in the wake of such a breach, holding companies accountable for preventable breaches, facilitating the sharing of post-breach technical information between companies, and enhancing criminal and civil penalties and other protections against the unauthorized collection or use of personally identifiable information.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

ENERGY

S.1988 : A bill to allow States to waive regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act relating to electric generating units under certain circumstances.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.1993 : A bill to protect individuals who are eligible for increased pension under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the basis of need of regular aid and attendance from dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

 

HEALTH

H.R.3991 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1992 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic foster care services in Medicaid.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1994 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the availability of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling under the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

TAX

H.R.3986 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the phaseout of the health insurance tax credit for geographic variations in the cost-of-living.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-5] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3987 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any prizes or awards won in competition in the Olympic Games.
Sponsor: Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3989 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for amounts contributed to disaster savings accounts to help defray the cost of preparing their homes to withstand a disaster and to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed in a disaster.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1991 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for amounts contributed to disaster savings accounts to help defray the cost of preparing their homes to withstand a disaster and to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed in a disaster.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 2/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/4/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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