Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers medical benefits for veterans; House considers tax-related legislation under suspension of the rules.

House

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1211 – FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1232 – The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1423 – Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. James Lankford / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1123 – Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1944 – Private Property Rights Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2530 – Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2531 – Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1982, to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 2:15 p.m. today; that there be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Moody Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of James Maxwell Moody, Jr., of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 58 yeas to 34 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 38), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at 11:05 a.m. today with the time until 11:15 a.m. equally divided and controlled in the usual form.
  • Moody, Donato, and Freeman Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of James Maxwell Moody, Jr., of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, that at 11:15 a.m. today all post-cloture time with respect to the nomination of James Maxwell Moody, Jr., be dispensed with, and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination; provided further that following the disposition of the nomination of James Maxwell Moody, Jr., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of James Donato, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, and that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be dispensed with, and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of James Donato; provided further that following disposition of the nomination of James Donato, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Beth Labson Freeman, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be dispensed with, and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Beth Labson Freeman; and that all after the first vote today be 10 minutes in length.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 91 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. EX. 37), Jeffrey Alker Meyer, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 55 yeas to 37 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 36), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #570 James Maxwell Moody, Jr. to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, post-cloture with the time until 11:15am equally divided and controlled.
  • At 11:15am, there will be 5 roll call votes:
    • Confirmation of the Moody nomination
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #566 James Donato to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    • Confirmation of the Donato nomination
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #567 Beth Labson Freeman to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California 
    • Confirmation of the Freeman nomination
  • Following disposition of the Freeman nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be up to one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees prior to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

OFR
“Open meeting”
9:45am, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave

Senate Banking
“Reauthorizing TRIA: The State of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Market, Part II”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

Senate HELP
“Examining Mental Health: Treatment Options and Trends”
10:00am, 430 Dirksen

 PHMSA
“Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee”
1:00pm, Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

S.2035 : A bill to provide funding to the National Institute of Mental Health to support suicide prevention and brain research, including funding for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 2/24/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2037 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 2/24/2014) Cosponsors (15)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/24/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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