Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers veterans benefits; House considers tax related measures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act: H.R. 1211, amended, to amend section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act), to provide for greater public access to information, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 63
    • Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act: H.R. 1232, amended, to amend titles 40, 41, and 44, United States Code, to eliminate duplication and waste in information technology acquisition and management
    • Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act: H.R. 1423, amended, to provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them
    • Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act: H.R.1123, amended, to promote consumer choice and wireless competition by permitting consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 114 nays, Roll No. 64
    • Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act: H.R. 2530, amended, to improve transparency and efficiency with respect to audits and communications between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service
    • Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act: H.R. 2531, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from asking taxpayers questions regarding religious, political, or social beliefs
  • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules, but further proceedings were postponed:
    • Private Property Rights Protection Act: H.R. 1944, to protect private property rights

Today:

  • The House will continue consideration of the following legislation:
    • H.R. 3308 – Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Billy Long / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 3865 – Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee)
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 2804 – All Economic Regulations Are Transparent Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. George Holding / Judiciary Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Patrick Murphy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Rothfus / Barr Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Kevin Brady Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Scott Rigell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Scott Tipton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Miller / Courtney Amendment #11 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Miller / Courtney Amendment #13 (10 minutes of debate)
  • The House will then hold the postponed suspension vote on H.R. 1944 – Private Property Rights Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2431, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System.
  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act, S. 1982, to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans. During consideration of this measure, Senate also took the following action:
    • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 44), 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, post-cloture, at approximately 11:30 a.m. today; and that all time during adjournment and morning business, count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Nominations

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 95 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 39), James Maxwell Moody, Jr., of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
    • By 90 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. EX. 41), James Donato, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
      • During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action: By 55 yeas to 42 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 40), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By 91 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. EX. 43), Beth Labson Freeman, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
      • During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action: By 56 yeas to 42 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 42), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination

Today:

  • The Senate will resume the motion to proceed to S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, post-cloture. By unanimous consent, all time during adjournment and morning business will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1982.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

AEI
“Congressional Briefing: Global Substandard and Counterfeit Medicines”
8:30am, Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Surface Transportation Reauthorization Roundtable”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

Senate Finance
“Retirement Savings for Low-Income Workers”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Messing with Success: How CMS’ Attack on the Part D Program Will Increase Costs and Reduce Choices for Seniors”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

Senate Foreign Relations
“Treaties”
10:30am, 419 Dirksen

Senate Appropriations
“Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America”
2:00pm, 106 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Oversight of Passenger and Freight Rail Safety”
2:00pm, 2167 Rayburn

House Armed Services
“Department of Defense Information Technology Acquisition Processes, Business Transformation, and Management Practices”
2:30pm, 232A Russell

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.4075 : 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: Rep Barber, Ron [AZ-2] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4077 : To ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by clarifying the application of the antitrust laws to negotiations between groups of health care professionals and health plans and health care insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4080 : To amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.RES.489 : Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need to facilitate and promote a robust response to the looming global crisis of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

TAX

H.R.4078 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that ITIN applicants submit their application in person at taxpayer assistance centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4082 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity tax credit and to provide such credit for hiring long-term unemployed individuals.
Sponsor: Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4083 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax regarding the taxation of distilled spirits.
Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4089 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income compensation received by employees consisting of qualified distributions of employer stock.
Sponsor: Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2039 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that ITIN applicants submit their application in person at taxpayer assistance centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

UNEMPLOYMENT

H.RES.490 : Providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 3546) to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schneider, Bradley S. [IL-10] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Rules
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Rules.

S.2038 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 2/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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