Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers military benefits; House considers financial services legislation.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act: H.R. 2431, amended, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 365 yeas to 21 nays, Roll No. 55 and
    • Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine: H. Res. 447, amended, to support the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 56.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3578 – To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of an airman or an air traffic controller for a sleep disorder is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3448 – Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee)
  • The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 3193 – Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Scott Rigell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Stivers / Walz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ron DeSantis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the Supervision Requirements for Outpatient Therapeutic Services, S. 1954, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1963, to repeal section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. 26), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. today; and that all time during adjournment and recess count post-cloture.
  • Senator Max Baucus, of Montana, submitted a letter of resignation from the United States Senate, effective February 6, 2014, in order to prepare for duties as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1963, the Military Retirement Pay Restoration bill, post-cloture.
  • At 12:15pm, Senator-designate John Walsh will be sworn in as senator from Montana.

 

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Homeland Security
“Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat”
10:00am, 311 Cannon


House Financial Services
“Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn


House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Roundtable on Case Studies in Public-Private Partnerships”
2:30pm, 2167 Rayburn

 

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

DEBT CEILING

H.R.4021 : To suspend the application of the limit on the Nation’s debt for a 10-year period, to reduce the pay of Members of Congress for failing to meet fiscal sustainability targets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Administration; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, and Oversight and Government Reform, 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.4027 : To increase the statutory limit on the public debt and to require House and Senate votes on constitutional amendments to balance the Federal budget and to restrict new entitlement spending.
Sponsor: Rep Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [AR-1] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.

 

ENERGY

S.2010 : A bill to amend the Water Conservation and Utilization Act to authorize the development of non-Federal hydropower and issuance of leases of power privileges at projects constructed pursuant to the authority of the Water Conservation and Utilization Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

HEALTH

S.2007 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for regulating clinical and health software, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2009 : A bill to improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans in rural and highly rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

 

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4024 : To protect navigable waters from contamination by chemical storage facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 2/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.