Today’s Daily Update

Senate cloture vote on unemployment benefits set for Monday; Senator Baucus confirmed as Ambassador to China.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House passed Authorizing Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument, H.R. 2954, to authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance, by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 54.
    • Rejected the Barber motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 194 yeas to 222 nays, Roll No. 53.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-35 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Lummis amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-340) that conforms with Senate changes to FLPMA, allows the Secretary to consolidate environmental reviews, clarifies the definition of current grazing management, and ensures a timely response for temporary trailing and crossing applications;
      • McClintock amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-340) that amends Title IX of the bill to allow the Forest Service added flexibility to implement a salvage logging plan on lands affected by the Rim Fire while protecting sensitive areas and maximizing revenue to fund reforestation;
      • Young (AK) amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-340) that approves an Alaska Native Veterans land allotment application and conveys the land associated with the application; and
      • Labrador amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-340) that requires the non-prevailing, not directly affected party in a challenge to the Secretary’s final grazing decision to pay the directly affected prevailing party incurred fees and expenses, and clarifies the definition of a directly affected party (by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 52).
    • Rejected:
      • Grijalva amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-340) that sought to strike the restriction on federal land acquisition (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 51).

Today:

  • The House is in recess until Monday February 10, 2014.

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • 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.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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 10, 2014.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014.
  • 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:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714, of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2715 (to Amendment No. 2714), to change the enactment date.
      • 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 58 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 23), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714 (listed above). Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2714.
      • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 24), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill. Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the bill.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nomination: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas, 1 responding present (Vote No. EX. 25), Max Sieben Baucus, of Montana, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday February 10, 2014.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.4006 : To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require households that receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits to present photographic verification at the time food is purchased with such benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

 

ENERGY

H.R.4012 : To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.
Sponsor: Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.4013 : To direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish a program allowing low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to produce a limited number of vehicles annually within a regulatory system that addresses the unique safety and financial issues associated with limited production, and to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to allow low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to install engines from vehicles that have been issued certificates of conformity.
Sponsor: Rep Campbell, John [CA-45] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2002 : A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a motor and motor-driven systems market assessment and public awareness program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2006 : A bill to provide for the establishment of a National Rare Earth Refinery Cooperative, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

H.R.4010 : To provide for enhanced treatment, support, services, and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4015 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, 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.4016 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic foster care services in Medicaid.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2000 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2005 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the reporting of certain hospital payment data under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4019 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the expensing of certain depreciable business assets.
Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4020 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain discharged student loan debt to be included in gross income ratably over 15 years and to disregard such income in determining eligibility for Federal means-tested programs.
Sponsor: Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2003 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the energy credit for certain property under construction.
Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4005 : Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-50] (introduced 2/6/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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