Today’s Daily Update

Senate continues consideration of veteran benefits; House considers regulatory oversight bills.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014: H.R. 3308, amended, to require a Federal agency to include language in certain educational and advertising materials indicating that such materials are produced and disseminated at taxpayer expense.
    • Suspension–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated yesterday, February 25th:
      • Private Property Rights Protection Act: H.R. 1944, to protect private property rights, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 353 yeas to 65 nays, Roll No. 67.
    • Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014: The House passed H.R. 3865, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 69.
      • Rejected the Van Hollen motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 230 nays, Roll No. 68.
      • Rejected the Polis amendment to the title by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 70.
      • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
      • H. Res. 487, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3865) and (H.R. 2804), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 66, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 65.
    • All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act of 2014: The House began consideration of H.R. 2804, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to publish information about rules on the Internet. Consideration of the measure is expected to resume tomorrow, February 27th.
      • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-38 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill.
      • Agreed to:
        • Brady (TX) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that requires federal agencies to identify in any Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) the achievable objective of the proposed rule and the metrics to be used. The amendment also requires federal agencies in issuing final rules to certify that the rule meets the objectives the agency identified in the NPR;
        • Rigell amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that expands the requirements of initial regulatory flexibility analyses to include an analysis of any impairment of the ability of small entities to have access to credit; 
        • Tipton amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that makes a technical correction that ensures the current requirement, under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, that each agency annually publish a list of regulations to be reviewed pursuant to its periodic review plan, remains so.
      • Rejected:
        • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that sought to strike the six month moratorium on finalizing rules 
        • Murphy (FL) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that sought to cut titles II and IV from the bill.
      • Proceedings Postponed:
        • Rothfus amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-361) that seeks to add terms to define a negative-impact on jobs and wages rule, help agencies identify a negative-impact on jobs and wages rule, and require agency heads approving a negative-impact on jobs and wages rule to submit a statement that they approved the rule knowing of its negative-impact on jobs and wages.
      • H. Res. 487, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3865) and (H.R. 2804), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 66, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 65.
  • Representative Bishop (NY) presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Education and the Workforce from the consideration of H.R. 1010, to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage (Discharge Petition No. 7).

Today:

  • The House will complete 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 no further general debate and makes in order the following remaining amendments:
    • 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)
    • Postponed Amendment Vote: Rep. Keith Rothfus Amendment
  • The House will consider 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)
  • The House will consider H.Res. 492 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 899) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Rules Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2766 (to Amendment No. 2747), to change the enactment date.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747 (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 approximately 2 p.m. today.
    • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Veterans Affairs, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2767, to change the enactment date.
    • Reid Amendment No. 2768 (to (the instructions of the motion to commit) Amendment No. 2767), of a perfecting nature.
    • Reid Amendment No. 2769 (to Amendment No. 2768), 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 Sanders) Amendment No. 2747.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that today, during the Senate’s consideration of the bill, but no later than 2 p.m., Senator Sessions, or designee, be recognized to raise a budget point of order against the bill; that if such a point of order is raised, it be in order for Senator Murray, or designee, to move to waive; that if a motion to waive is made, the vote on the motion to waive occur at 2 p.m. today; that if the motion to waive is successful, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747 (listed above); that if cloture is invoked on the amendment, all post-cloture time be yielded back, Reid Amendment No. 2766 (listed above) be withdrawn, and Senate vote on Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747; that upon disposition of Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, as amended, if amended; that if cloture is invoked on the bill, all post-cloture time be yielded back, and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended; that if the motion to waive is not successful, then the cloture motions be withdrawn; and that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill be 10:30 a.m. today, and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments to Reid (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2747, and to the bill be 1:30 p.m. today.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. today, with the time until 2 p.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, with Senator Sessions controlling 30 minutes of the Republican time, and Senator Graham, or his designee, recognized at 1:45 p.m.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990.
  • 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 Military Sexual Assault Bills, including S. 1752, to reform procedures for determinations to proceed to trial by court-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice; that if a cloture motion is filed on the bill, there be two hours of debate on S. 1752, to reform procedures for determinations to proceed to trial by court-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and S. 1917, to provide for additional enhancements of the sexual assault prevention and response activities of the Armed Forces, equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back, and Senate vote on passage of the bill; that no amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill prior to the vote on passage; that if the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1752 is not agreed to, the bill be returned to the calendar; that upon the conclusion of the consideration of S. 1752, Senate proceed to the consideration of S. 1917, to provide for additional enhancements of the sexual assault prevention and response activities of the Armed Forces; that if a cloture motion is filed on the bill, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and Senate vote on passage of the bill; that no amendments, points of order, or motions be in order to the bill prior to the vote on passage; that if the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1917 is not agreed to, the bill be returned to the calendar.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. At approximately 2:00pm, there will be at least 2 roll call votes:
    • Graham (or designee) motion to table the Reid second degree amendment #2766 (date change)
    • Murray (or designee) motion to waive the Sessions (or designee) budget act point of order with respect to S.1982
    • If the motion to waive is successful, there will be up to 4 additional roll call votes:
      • Motion to invoke cloture on the Sanders substitute amendment #2747
      • If cloture is invoked on the substitute amendment, the next vote will be on adoption of amendment #2747
      • Motion to invoke cloture on S.1982, as amended, if amended 
      • If cloture is invoked on the bill, the final vote will be passage of S.1982, as amended, if amended.
  • The Senate expects to consider Executive Calendar #561, the nomination of Michael Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Armed Services
“U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command”
9:30am, G50 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Appropriations
“Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise”
10:00am, 2358-C Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.4092 : To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the lead Federal agency for coordinating Federal, State, and local assistance provided to promote the energy retrofitting of schools.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4093 : To amend the Small Business Act to raise the prime and subcontract goals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.4094 : To direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to develop and implement a plan to improve the quality of data reported on bundled and consolidated contracts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

HEALTH

H.R.4101 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that a TRICARE beneficiary receives written notice of any change to benefits received by the beneficiary under the TRICARE program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

S.2046 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiaries coordinated care and greater choice with regard to accessing hearing health services and benefits.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2049 : A bill to curb unfair and deceptive practices during assertion of patents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

TAX

S.2043 : A bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from asking taxpayers questions regarding religious, political, or social beliefs.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2044 : A bill to improve transparency and efficiency with respect to audits and communications between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 2/26/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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